Monday, May 20, 2024

French Toast Casserole – A Beautiful Mess


This French toast casserole has it all. A slightly crispy, crunchy top while the center is almost creamy like a bread pudding with the flavors of French toast (cinnamon, egg yolks and milk). And personally I love French toast made with croissants, which is exactly what this casserole recipe calls for.

This would make an excellent breakfast option for a holiday brunch or when you have overnight guests as it can be thrown together quickly and then while it bakes you can make coffee and chat. But this can be made anytime of year.

Related: If you love French toast as much as me, then you must try the best French toast, stuffed French toast, and baked French toast sticks.

Ingredients

  • Croissants
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Granulated white sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar/confectioner’s sugar for the top, optional

Fresh berries, homemade whipped cream, and maple syrup are welcome additions as well.

Directions

Cube the bread. I sliced off the croissant tops for a pretty presentation, but this is not necessary, just an option. You can simply cube all the bread if you like.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, sugar, and cinnamon. Add the bread pieces and stir so all the pieces get coasted well.

Grease or butter an 8×11 pan, or similar sized pan. Add the mixture to the prepared pan.

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Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F (177°C). Then remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes. The total bake time is 40 minutes.

Allow to cool before cutting. Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar before serving.

Tips & Substitutions

  • You can certainly use other breads beyond croissants if you like. Sourdough or French bread would be great for this recipe as well.
  • If your bread is super soft and fresh, lightly toast it or cube and leave out the night before making this. You want your bread to be slightly stale as it will absorb the egg/milk mixture better if it’s on the dry side.

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a bread pudding-like breakfast with the flavors of French toast

Yield 6

Prep 10 minutes

Cook 40 minutes

Total 50 minutes

Instructions

  • Cube the bread. I sliced off the croissant tops for a pretty presentation, but this is not necessary, just an option. You can simply cube all the bread if you like.

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract, sugar, and cinnamon.

  • Add the bread pieces and stir so all the pieces get coasted well.

  • Grease or butter an 8×11 pan, or similar sized pan.

  • Add the mixture to the prepared pan.

  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F (177°C).

  • Then remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes. The total bake time is 40 minutes.

  • Allow to cool before cutting. Sprinkle with a little powdered sugar before serving.

Notes

You can certainly use other breads beyond croissants if you like. Sourdough or French bread would be great for this recipe as well. You will need around 5-6 cups of cubed bread for this recipe. 
If your bread is super soft and fresh, lightly toast it or cube and leave out the night before making this. You want your bread to be slightly stale as it will absorb the egg/milk mixture better if it’s on the dry side.
Fresh berries, homemade whipped cream, and maple syrup are welcome additions as well.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

French Toast Casserole

Amount per Serving

% Daily Value*

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.



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