French Toast Casserole

I got this recipe from a colleague at work after she made it for a school breakfast. It truly is divine- and easy to make! I thought of it when we decided we’d be hosting Christmas brunch. It’s perfect because you prepare it the day before and then just throw it in the oven the next day when you’re ready. This saved me a lot of stress and time on Christmas day because I knew the main course was already prepared!

Ingredients for the French Toast

  • 1 loaf of French bread
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (I omitted)
  • dash salt

Slice French bread about 1 inch thick. Arrange slices in a buttered 9×13 pan.

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In a large bowl, combine milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

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Beat with a beater or whisk until blended but not bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices making sure they are all covered.

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Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

Ingredients for the Topping

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (I omitted)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional, I omitted)

Combine ingredients in a bowl and blend well. Refrigerate overnight in the bowl.

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The next day, take the casserole out of the refrigerator. Crumble the topping over the bread.

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Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes until puffed and lightly golden. I left the foil on about about 10 minutes and then removed it.

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Serve with maple syrup or apricot syrup. In a small sauce pan, you can combine 1 cup of maple syrup and apricot jam or preserves until melted together. I didn’t do this, but have tried it and it creates a nice, different taste. However, the bread is so sweet and soft on its own that it really doesn’t need the syrup.

This is perfect for a holiday, brunch, work event, etc because you can prepare it ahead of time! It will definitely wow your tasters and tastebuds ;).

What is a make-ahead recipe you enjoy?

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