Brioche French toast casserole is the perfect breakfast for any special occasion. It's an easy French toast bake that can be prepped the night before you want to serve it, or you can assemble the breakfast casserole and bake it the same day.
It's the first Monday of the month, and that means it's time for the Taste Creations Blog Hop. This month, we're sharing Easter breakfast recipes. If you're looking for a delicious breakfast bake for your holiday morning, this overnight French toast casserole is an amazing option. Be sure to check out the other irresistable Easter brunch recipes from my blogger friends at the end of the post.
If you want the fabulous flavor of a French toast recipe, but have a busy morning or need to feed a crowd, baked French toast casserole is the way to go!
This easy breakfast is delicious with a drizzle of maple syrup, some fresh fruit, or even just plain. One of the things I love about baked French toast is that it's very flavorful, but is not overly sweet. I like mine best plain, with a side of fruit.
How to Make Baked French Toast Casserole
This recipe for baked French toast is broken down into two sections: the basic French toast casserole and the the streusel topping for the breakfast bake. For a full printable recipe, scroll down to the bottom of the post, where you'll find a one page PDF version of this recipe.
Easy French Toast Casserole Recipe
- 1 pound loaf of bread
- 8 eggs
- 3 cups milk
- 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
Buttery brioche bread or challah bread are best for this recipe, but you could use a crusty French bread or even sourdough, too. Slice the bread into thick slices. Cut the bread slices into 1-inch cubes and place in a 9x13 pan or a casserole dish. Some baked French toast recipes call for using whole slices of bread, and while that looks pretty in the pan, I prefer the overall consistency when I cut my bread into cubes. It soaks up the custard mixture more evenly, making the baked French toast perfectly moist and rich, with a delightful, crunchy brown sugar crumble on top.
This is a favorite way to use up stale bread, but you can absolutely use fresh bread, too.
Beat the eggs with a whisk until well combined and a light yellow color. Add the milk, melted butter, salt, brown sugar, and spices and whisk to mix everything together well.
Pour the milk mixture over the bread cubes and cover with plastic wrap. If you want to bake the French toast casserole the same day, let it sit on the counter for one hour before baking, so the bread has a chance to soak up the custard mixture completely. If you want to bake the breakfast casserole the next day, place the covered dish in the fridge. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you intend to bake, to give it a chance to warm up a bit.
While the casserole is resting and soaking up all that custard, it's time to make the streusel topping. If it looks familiar, that's because I use the exact same streusel topping I use on my family's favorite coffee cake.
Streusel Topping for Baked French Toast Casserole
- 4 Tablespoons all purpose flour
- 4 Tablespoons butter (cold)
- 10 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
To make the streusel topping, combine all of the dry ingredients, then use a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the butter into the dry ingredients. Continue cutting the butter in until the mixture looks like crumbs.
Do not put the streusel topping on the French toast casserole until you are ready to bake it! Store the streusel in the fridge until it's time to add it to the top of the casserole.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Just before baking, sprinkle the streusel over the top of the dish. Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown.
This is a great recipe for mother's day, Christmas morning, Easter morning--or really, weekend mornings in general. It's a breakfast recipe that can make any morning feel special without a whole lot of fuss and work.
If you're thinking, "hey, this seems just like bread pudding!" yes, you're entirely right. I'm happy to eat it for special occasions, no matter what you want to call it!
I like it even better than individual pieces of French toast! The silky texture of the base combined with the crunch of the top layer is absolutely sublime.
Printable Brioche French Toast Casserole Recipe
Want a one page, printable version of this baked French toast recipe? Click the image below to print the PDF directly or save it to your device.
Other Easter Breakfast Recipes from the Taste Creations Blog Hop:
Be sure to check out the other irresistible Easter breakfast recipes from my blogger friends!
An Italian in my Kitchen: Italian Easter Sweet Bread
Our Good Life: Easter Morning Baked Oatmeal Recipe
Mom Home Guide: Strawberry Muffins