Saturday, September 7, 2013

Quick & Easy French Toast Casserole

 
 My daughter wanted french toast for breakfast so I took out the huge frying pan and then I thought.....I don't want to stand at my stove and make french toast for everyone and then they are all done eating while I'm still cooking.  So I decided to make a casserole instead.  The only problem is usually you need to soak the bread in the custard overnight before you bake it and I needed something to be done from start to finish in 30 minutes.  So I decided to break the french toast casserole rules and just wing it.  It came out delicious and you would never know that it wasn't soaked overnight. 
 
**Update 9/7/13 - This is the most popular recipe that we have on our blog.  It continues to be a big hit so I thought I'd update the pictures and re-post it for anyone who is looking for something simple and quick to make for breakfast or brunch.  It's great for your family or a big crowd!! Enjoy, Ellen :) 

Ingredients:

4-5 cups of torn challah bread (or any thick sliced bread)
5 eggs
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup maple syrup
*optional - sprinkle some brown sugar over the top before you bake for a nice sweet crusty top!

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Grease 9x13 casserole dish.  Pour about 1/2 cup of syrup in the bottom of the casserole dish.  Layer torn bread on top of the syrup.  In a large bowl beat eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt and cinnamon.  Pour egg mixture evenly over bread in casserole dish and press bread down to make sure it's completely soaked.  Drizzle remaining syrup over top of bread and custard.  Bake for 30-40 minutes until casserole is puffed up and golden brown on top.  Remove from oven and drizzle additional maple syrup on top and serve while hot.

58 comments:

  1. This sounds wonderful! I love French Toast.

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  2. I have never tried French Toast Casserole, it sounds great and so nice not to have to stay at the stove while it cooks :)

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  3. I make something similar to this but it doesnt have syrup in it. I love this idea!! Cant wait to try this version!

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  4. This is exactly what I was looking for, something I can make right now... in the oven as I type! Looking forward to tasting it :) Thank you!

    Debbie Pilo

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  5. I just made this recipe for my husband, and it was perfect! I have made the soak overnight version before, and this one was just as good, if not better! We had a ton of leftover dinner rolls from a party this weekend, so I used those... perfect! Thank you!

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  6. I'm so glad you liked it! Nanci actually made this recently for the first time while I was over her house and I haven't had since the first time I made it. She didn't believe me that it would work LOL. It was really delicious and so much easier than traditional french toast. I have to make this again for my own family. Maybe this weekend :)

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  7. Hello, does anyone know how this warms in the microwave? I
    Would like to make for my employees Wednesday
    Sounds yummy,
    Dana

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  8. Dana I think it would hear up well in the microwave. When are you planning on making it? If you bake it the night before and refrigerate overnight I think it will deflate and not be as good. However, if you bake it that morning and need to re-warm later in the morning I think it would be fine

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  9. Ellen, I was going to cook it tomorrow night but I'll hold off & do it Wednesday morning then warm up after I get to work. Thanks for answering & your advice. Happy Thanksgiving

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  10. This is exactly what I was looking for! Most of the French toast casseroles I found, required you to let it soak overnight and I wanted something I could make right now. Giving it a try even though I am out of vanilla.. Hope it still tastes as good as it sounds!

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    1. I think it would be just as delicious even without the vanilla. You could always add almond extract instead next time, that would be delicious!

      Ellen

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  11. Thank you for one that doesn't require overnight soaking!! Makes it easier to make on weekend mornings! Mine is still in oven right now, but i plan on topping it off with the syrup AND sprinkling with powdered sugar

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    1. You're welcome! I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we always do

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  12. Absolutely wonderful! Made it for a church function this Sunday and the comments were "Where" "How" "Wonderful". The recipe is so easy I was able to tell them from memory. One thing I would change is not put the syrup at the bottom (burned some of my bread) but others loved the slightly scorched parts. I forgot to add the salt but that was OK. Next time I am going to tuck in some chopped pecans, too. Love it love it love it! I will be making this often!

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    1. Oooops.....GREAT BIG THANK YOU!!! for making me look so good. Had to come back and add that!

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  13. Thank you for such a nice comment. It made my day :)

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    1. You made my day too - so we're a happy little camper brunch bunch!

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  14. Just made this amazing recipe tonight as a trial for my contribution to my Thursday morning Bible Study gathering, and all I can say is YUM. My hubby who is not a huge fan of French Toast LOVED it! For special occasions I'll probably add pecans and perhaps a side of sliced strawberries. Thank You so much for this super simple yummy recipe!

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    1. It's my husband's favorite breakfast!!! I just made it again this morning after he begged me to make it for him. So glad you liked it! xoxo

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  15. Yay! I've been looking all over for a french toast casserole recipe that didn't require overnight soaking. I didn't have any french or thick bread, so I used two left-over sesame seed hamburger buns (those yummy thick ones) and supplemented it with regular honey-wheat sandwich bread. It turned out perfectly and is now my go-to french toast recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  16. I made this for snacks at church yesterday and used some left over hamburger buns - I was in a pinch and that was all I had. It was a hit!!

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  17. Thursday night is breakfast for dinner night at my house. This was on the menu. I made this but added coconut, dried cranberries & walnuts & left out the additional sugar. I will serve it with a green smoothie to get the veggies in. :) Thanks so much for giving me a fun breakfast casserole idea! I'm sure it will be a regular!

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    1. Jan this sounds delicious!!! Love the additions

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  18. Can this be made in the Crock Pot? If so, how long should it cook and on hi or low?
    Thank you!

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    1. I personally wouldn't make this in a slow cooker, it's easy enough to make in the oven. However if you want to give it a shot I would love to hear how it comes out. I would put the slow cooker on low for no more than 3 hours. I would check it after 1 1/2 hours with a toothpick (then every 30 minutes) When the toothpick comes out clean it's ready. Please report back, I'm interested to know how it comes out if you try it.

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  19. Could I use this as an overnight recipe too??

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    1. I think it would be fine over night, but then I would use a crustier bread like a french baguette or ciabatta since it will be sitting in liquid longer.....or you could make the custard and leave it in a container in the fridge overnight and tear up the bread and leave it in a casserole overnight and then combine the two in the morning before baking.

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    2. After talking with Ellen about this as an overnight recipe....we both feel it would be fine sitting overnight and then popped in the oven when needed the next day

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  20. This is my third time making it. I love it!! This time I used blueberry bagels and blueberries.

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  22. Loved it! Put it together in 15 min. I used a loaf of Raisin Bread. After reading about the syrup causing the bottom to burn on one users dish, I was cautious. But I didn't have that problem at all. The visiting family was very pleased. French Toast Casserole still reminds me of Bread Pudding. But I have an awesome crock pot recipe for that one instead. lol

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  23. Can you substitute half and half or cream for the milk?

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  24. Thank you for this recipe. I made it on Christmas morning and it was a big hit with the whole family. I followed the recipe exactly. I did not have the problem of the syrup burning; it was perfect. I used a loaf of French bread we had had left from Christmas Eve dinner - so I did let it soak for about 5 extra minutes in the fridge before baking since I was worried it was a harder bread than the recipe called for. It worked out wonderfully. Next time I will hold off on the "drizzling the top" after baking and let each person add their own syrup (or not - I used real Vermont Maple Syrup so it was a little sweet for me - although not for everyone). Thanks again!

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  25. im so ready to try this but I only need to feed no more then 4 people could you help me out with a smaller version of the receipe

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    1. I would use 3 cups of torn bread and 3 eggs and hen half all the other ingredients and of course use a smaller baking dish. It will also cook faster so check it about 25 minutes to see if it's done. It should be firm to the touch and brown on top and around the edges.

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  26. Instead of Maple Syrup I used Smuckers (Fat-Free) Caramel Syrup and I used sliced bread but cutdown the wet ingredients. My family loved it. :D

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  27. About how many slices of texas toast bread would you use?

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  28. I think it depends on the thickness of the Texas toast....but I would think it would be 6 to 8 slices

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  29. How many does this dish feed?

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  30. This was so good! I cant believe how good this came out to be honestly. thank you for sharing. I hated the overnight thing as much as the next person. And it had everything I keep i my house on a daily basis! So simple, yet so good.

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  31. My best friend introduced me to French toast casserole the over night version. My kids loved it. So I have been saying I'm going to make it and haven't had time to do it at night. This morning I woke up and told myself I wanted to make it and was hoping I could find same day recipe. It is in oven now and we all can't wait to taste it.

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  32. I'm baking this right now and I can tell it will be great. Has anyone added butter in the recipe, or on top after?

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  33. It serves approximately 8-10 people. I never poured melted butter over it before....but.....yum!! I bet it would be delish!

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  34. Thank you for posting this! I am on the Auxiliary for our Fire Dept and we recently had the oven and stove top cooked. I was searching for a French toast casserole that didn't have to be soaked overnight because sometimes I only have an hour or two notice to prepare breakfast for the firefighters during an early morning breakfast. Thanks again!

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    1. That's awesome! I hope all the firefighters love it as much as we do ;)

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  35. This was quick and came out really good. I love that you can make it last minute. Thanks!

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  36. This sounds wonderful! Can someone tell me how many servings this makes? I'm trying to cook for 24 people on Sunday.

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  37. mine is in the oven as i write this ..wish me luck ..im not a very good cook

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  38. I doubled this recipe and donated for my daughter's marching band breakfast potluck, but I never tasted it. It got rave reviews, so I'm making it again tomorrow, as an easy thing to feed many visitors the morning after T-day. Looking forward to getting a taste this time. FYI - I'm a guy, and the other marching band moms asked my wife "for her recipe" for the casserole her husband dropped off...

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