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French Toast Casserole

This Easy French Toast Casserole is bursting with so much flavor! This breakfast casserole is loaded with almonds, fresh berries and a cream cheese drizzle – an amazing combination.

You will love the make-ahead option. Just like our overnight cinnamon rolls, this overnight breakfast casserole will become a favorite to serve the family.

French Toast Casserole in a dish with a spoon, topped with fresh berries.

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French Toast Casserole Recipe

This French Toast Casserole is everything you can ask for in a breakfast casserole. It’s not overly sweet, yet hits the sweet spot! Bread chunks in a cinnamon egg mixture, topped with sliced almonds that become crispy once baked, fresh berries that add to the flavor and finished off with a cream cheese drizzle that take the recipe over the top!

Serve the French Toast Casserole on the weekend, for a special occasion like Mother’s Day brunch, Valentines Day or the Holidays!

Breakfast French Toast Casserole Recipe in a baking dish with a sieve on he side and fresh berries.

How to Make French Toast Casserole?

  • Cut bread into 1” cubes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon and sugar. Add bread and stir to coat.
  • Transfer to a baking dish, arranging in an even thickens and and pour remaining egg mixture over bread
  • Sprinkle on sliced almonds, cover and bake breakfast casserole. 

Step-by-step photo collage how to make a French Toast Breakfast Casserole.

  • Meanwhile, prepare cream cheese drizzle: Beat cream cheese then beat in powdered sugar, vanilla and milk
  • Once French Toast Casserole is baked, dust with powdered sugar,
  • Add berries and drizzle cream cheese over French Toast Casserole

TIP: If you don’t like almonds, use walnuts or pecans, add them to half of the casserole, or omit nuts.

Step-by-step photo collage how to make cream cheese drizzle for Breakfast Casserole.

Do I Have to Use the Cream Cheese Drizzle?

No! You may omit the cream cheese drizzle altogether and serve with traditional maple syrup 

How to Make Overnight French Toast Casserole:

  • Make recipe according to instructions, minus the baking
  • Cover and refrigerate the casserole
  • The following day, bake the breakfast casserole

TIP: Since the overnight breakfast casserole will be cold, add an 5 minutes to the covered baking time then continue baking per the recipe.

Baked Overnight French Toast Casserole topped with berries and powdered sugar

What is the Best Bread for French Toast Casserole?

  • Brioche Bread, Challah Bread French Bread or even Italian Bread that can be sliced into about 1” squares will all work great.
  • Use bread that’s at least a day old. It will soak the egg mixture better and won’t taste soggy or mushy.

TIP: If your bread is a really large loaf, you may not need the whole loaf. 

French Toast Casserole bread with almonds and berries in a baking dish.

How to Re-Heat French Toast Casserole:

The casserole is best and most crisp right out of the oven, but it can be reheated. To reheat, bake at 350˚ F for 10 to 15 minutes or until warmed through and top is re-crisped.

Started French Toast Casserole with a spoon in the casserole and fresh berries on the side.

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French Toast Casserole

4.5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
This Easy French Toast Casserole is bursting with so much flavor! The casserole is loaded with almonds, fresh berries and a cream cheese drizzle - an amazing combination.
Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$12
Keyword: French Toast Casserole, Overnight French Toast Casserole
Calories: 293 kcal
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients

For the French Toast Casserole:

  • 1 bread loaf cut into 1-inch squares
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 16 oz fresh berries
  • 2 tsp Powdered sugar for dusting, optional

For the Cream Cheese Drizzle:

  • 2 oz cream cheese room temp
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ Tbsp whole milk

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy whipping cream, vanilla, ground cinnamon and sugar.
  2. Cut the bread loaf into 1” cubes and add them to the egg mixture. Stir to generously soak the bread then transfer to 9x13 casserole baking dish.

  3. Pour any remaining egg mixture over bread and arrange bread evenly, patting down if needed.

  4. Sprinkle the top with sliced almonds, cover and bake at 350˚F for 20 minutes then uncover and bake another 15-20 minutes, until tops of bread are crispy.

  5. Meanwhile, prepare cream cheese drizzle: beat cream cheese until creamy. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk and beat until thick and drizzling consistency

  6. To serve, top with fresh berries and use a teaspoon to drizzle cream cheese over the French Toast Casserole.

Nutrition Facts
French Toast Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 293 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 166mg 55%
Sodium 121mg 5%
Potassium 235mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 30g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 25g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 10.4%
Vitamin C 1.7%
Calcium 12.7%
Iron 7.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Kathy
    February 24, 2019

    Can you make this and have it the next day as well? how long does it last after you make it? Reply

    • Natasha
      February 25, 2019

      Hi Kathy, this does reheat well the next day – see notes above with reheating instructions. Reply

  • Amanda
    January 25, 2019

    Almost every recipe I’ve tried from Natasha’s kitchen has been great. But this one wasn’t. It was very mushy like baby food. Not a good turn out here. And I extended my baking time…no luck with getting it to improve. But I still love Natasha’s other recipies! Reply

    • Natasha
      January 26, 2019

      Hi Amanda, I am always happy to help troubleshoot – were there any substitutions or maybe the bread used was too soft? The big cotton-candy soft bread when it is super fresh at the grocery store might get soggy. Reply

  • Sarah
    January 14, 2019

    Hi! I really wanted to try this with sourdough bread but all the store had was sliced. Do you think that would work if I tore it into bigger pieces or do you think it would be too thin? Thanks for the help in advance. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2019

      Hi Sarah, is the sliced bread Sourdough also? Reply

      • Sarah
        January 14, 2019

        Natasha, yes the sourdough from the store was presliced 🙂 Reply

  • Linda
    January 13, 2019

    Would this recipe be for a 9” x 13” pan? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2019

      This should fit great in a 9×13 🙂 Reply

  • Olga
    January 10, 2019

    Do you think this will work with Hawaiian Sweet Rolls for the bread? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 10, 2019

      Although I haven’t tried that, that should work Olga! Reply

  • sharon
    January 9, 2019

    So many different sizes of “a loaf of bread”. How many cups of bread do you need here? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 10, 2019

      Hi Sharon, we made a note in the recipe. Since some loaves are bigger you may not need the entire loaf. I would use what fits into your pan and add more if you think it needs it Reply

  • Sommer
    January 9, 2019

    I want this for breakfast seven days a week! Looks and tastes amazing! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 9, 2019

      Me too!! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Anna
    January 9, 2019

    This French toast casserole is so delicious! My family loved it for a weekend brunch! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 9, 2019

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me 🙂 Reply

  • Andie Thueson
    January 9, 2019

    This french toast casserole looks absolutely perfect! Need to save this one for later! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 9, 2019

      I hope you get to make it soon, Andie! Reply

  • liz
    January 9, 2019

    Another french toast recipe idea for you.

    I love french toast, but I just don’t like all the “stuff” on it, just plain and simple french toast, and then we make a little “salad bar” of toppings (syrup, berry compote, powdered sugar, peanut butter, whipped cream, fresh fruit, whatever your pleasure). It’s super easy and you can make it the night before. Using leftover, frozen, even stale bread works too (just not moldy). Cut the bread into cubes (sourdough is the best), blend eggs, milk, salt, then toss it all together to coat the bread. My favorite part is that you can cover with foil and refrigerate overnight, and all you have to do is put it in the oven in the morning. At 350 for about 40 minutes covered, and another 5-10 uncovered. Then scoop it on to plates and treat it like french toast, butter and toppings. Give it a try and see if you like it. ( : Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 9, 2019

      Thank you for sharing this with us, Liz! Reply

  • Carol
    January 9, 2019

    This looks so good. I will try to make in February around Valentines Day. Reply

    • Natasha
      January 9, 2019

      Thank you Carol! I hope you love it! French Toast Casserole is definitely a sweet treat for V-Day! Reply

  • Kara
    January 9, 2019

    I love everything about this recipe. The berries, the almonds, the cream cheese drizzle – so yummy! Reply

    • Natasha
      January 9, 2019

      Thank you Kara!! It really is an amazing combination of flavors in this Breakfast Casserole! Reply

  • Rachael Yerkes
    January 9, 2019

    This casserole is so good! I’m thinking I’ll make it for Valentines day breakfast this year! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 9, 2019

      That sounds perfect for Valentine’s! Thank you for that great review! Reply

  • Olga
    January 9, 2019

    Hello natasha! Thanks for sharing this recipe. Looks good,going to try It out one day. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 9, 2019

      Hi Olga, I hope you get to try that soon! Reply

  • Olga
    January 8, 2019

    Mmmmm! This looks so good! Cant wait to make it! Reply

    • Natasha
      January 8, 2019

      Hi Olga, thank you! I hope you love this fun spin on French toast! 🙂 Reply

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