With the holidays coming around, I thought I would share one of our favorite easy breakfast recipes. I know this time of year is really busy and many of you will have family visiting. This is a breakfast that can be made ahead of time and just popped into the oven on Christmas morning. If you are making it the day of, it takes very little time to come together. The hardest part is tearing the bread, and my kids actually love helping with that step. So if you are looking for an easy recipe for a delicious breakfast that the whole family will love, whether it's the holiday season or any day of the week, you must try this Easy French Toast Casserole. You'll also love this Bread Pudding Recipe which can be a dessert or decadent breakfast.
Why this maple French toast casserole is awesome
- Can be made the night before
- Perfect for breakfast or brunch
- Easy to change up the flavor by adding pecans, blueberries, raisins...
What size baking pan do you use for a casserole?
I made this breakfast casserole using my Le Creuset 2 ½ quart square casserole dish which measures 9.5 by 10.5. If you use a similar sized baking dish, then this will make 6 servings. If you wish to make 10-12 servings, you can use a 9 by 13 baking dish like this one.
How to make a baked French toast casserole
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 or 9x9 casserole pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Cut bread into cubes or tear into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Don't just use sandwich bread here. This recipe works best when made with a loaf of French bread or brioche or challah.
In another large bowl, beat the large eggs with a whisk and add milk, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup. I highly recommend using real maple syrup in this recipe. As you mix this you will notice how yummy it smells. Just a preview of the goodness to come!
Pour the egg mixture over the bread cubes in the bowl. Let this sit for 10 minutes so the bread can soak up the liquid.
Pour the bread mixture into a greased casserole pan.
Sprinkle the sugar on top of the casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
Remove the casserole from the oven and dust with confectioner's sugar.
Serve with a drizzling of maple syrup on top.
This Maple French Toast Casserole really doesn't need any additional syrup on top, though I like to drizzle a little bit on.
Tips for making easy French toast casserole
- Cover the casserole with foil for the last 10 minutes in the oven so the top doesn't get too brown.
- To avoid soggy French toast, you will want to be sure to use large enough chunks of bread. If you are cutting the bread into cubes, 1 inch works well.
- Feel free to top this French toast with sliced fruit, preserves or whipped cream.
- If you are making a bigger serving size, simply click on the number in blue in the recipe below and adjust it for how many servings you would like. It will update the amount of ingredients that you will need.
Whether you are making this for a special occasion or just for a lazy weekend, you will love the flavor of this baked French toast! For another decadent meal, try our Monte Cristo Sandwich.
Maple French Toast Casserole
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8 or 9x9 casserole pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cut bread into cubes or tear into small pieces and place in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Beat eggs and add milk, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup. Mix to combine.
- Pour egg mixture over the bread cubes in the bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Scoop bread and any remaining liquid from bowl into greased casserole pan.
- Sprinkle the sugar on top of the casserole.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
- Remove from oven and dust with confectioner's sugar. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup on top.
This nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using online calculators. Your nutritional information may vary depending on numerous factors.
Frequently asked questions
Yes, it is easy to turn this into an overnight French toast casserole! One of my favorite things about this casserole is that it can be prepared the night before and popped into the oven in the next morning. If you are doing this, simply follow the directions up until the step where it comes time to put it in the oven. Just cover the casserole and place it in your refrigerator overnight. Then in the morning, just pop it in the oven.
I love to serve this with bacon or sausage and some orange slices or other fruit. You can also add some fresh berries on top.
Store in an airtight container or in a casserole dish covered in plastic wrap in the fridge for up to 3 days.