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a simple recipe :: overnight french toast casserole

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right?  I don’t know all the reasons why that is true, but breakfast is definitely my favorite meal!  Most weekdays we eat pretty simple breakfasts like oatmeal, cereal, or scrambled eggs, but I love weekends when we all eat together, and we make breakfast a big meal to start the day.  We have just started planting season, so my husband and my little guy are often out all morning working, so a big hearty meal is important!
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We love pancakes with berry sauce, we often enjoy waffles and bacon, and we love any kind of creative way to make eggs too!  Casseroles, omelettes, egg sandwiches, and quiches are just a few of the ways we enjoy breakfast on the weekend.

This past weekend we enjoyed one of our favorites, overnight French Toast Casserole.  It’s been a while since we’ve had it, but there’s only four of us, and there was only one piece left from a 9 x 13 pan.
So, here’s my favorite recipe for French Toast:

Overnight French Toast Casserole


  • 1 loaf of French bread
  • 8 eggs (farm fresh are the best!)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup half n half
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 TBL vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 stick cold butter, cut in small pieces

Grease a 9 x 13 pan. Cut loaf into small cubes and spread in pan. In a large bowl, mix eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar. Pour over bread. Cover pan and refrigerate overnight.

Mix together brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt.  Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.  Store in small container overnight.

When ready to bake, sprinkle topping over bread and egg mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

Serve with syrup and fruit!

I hope you all love this as much as my family does!  It makes a great addition to a brunch or serves great as a main dish with some berries on the side!

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  • Reply
    Sara Zielinski
    June 10, 2017 at 11:43 am

    THis is an amazing recipe, looks great.

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    Julie Wood
    June 10, 2017 at 9:14 am

    This overnight french toast looks so delicious! I want to make it for me and the kids. Thanks for sharing.

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    John Smith
    May 30, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Mmm, that looks delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

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    Margaret Appel
    May 30, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Pinned this recipe! Overnight French Toast not only sounds delicious, but your pictures are drool-worthy! My family would love this for an occasional breakfast. Will be trying this one out soon! Thanks!

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    Julie Waldron
    May 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I make a recipe very similar to this for Christmas morning. We love it!

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    May 25, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I had a French toast casserole once at a brunch, and it was so good. This looks even better with the topping – I’d love to try this!

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    Darcy Koch
    May 23, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    This is making my mouth water. I love french toast so I know I would love this. I would even get up earlier than usual to bake it for the 45 minutes.

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    Holly Thomas
    May 23, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    This is perfect for Sunday brunch.

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    courtney hennagir
    May 23, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Oh dang this looks so good! Easy too! I am going to make this Saturday morning when we have people staying with us.I’m sure everyone will love it!

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    Margaret Maggie Porter
    May 22, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    This would be great for our breakfasts at church!

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    rochelle haynes
    May 22, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Looking good love to try this

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    Michelle Catallo
    May 21, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I need to do this tomorrow night ~ I had a fail on a loaf of bread tonight and didn’t want to throw it away ~ to hard but, I can cube it up and soften it with sweetened eggs 😀

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    Karen Propes
    May 21, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    This sounds great, I’m going to try it tomorrow! This is something that would be quick to make and wow, I know it tastes great! Thanks for sharing.

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    Maryann D.
    May 21, 2017 at 7:56 am

    This overnight french toast casserole does seem absolutely wonderful to try. I would be happy to have this on a Sunday morning.

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    Michelle Catallo
    May 17, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    thanks for the quick, one-dish, delicious breakfast/brunch/dinner 😉 idea! I always have an extra loaf just loafing around (yeah, bad joke, I know).

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    May 16, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    this looks so yummy!

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    Cynthia R
    May 16, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Forget breakfast this is dessert, an absolutely beautiful yummy dessert!

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    Lauryn R
    May 16, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Oh wow, this overnight French toast sounds delicious!! I love that you make it the night before, I don’t usually feel like preparing a bunch of food when I first wake up. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    Janet W.
    May 16, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Thanks for the delicious recipe idea! I know my family would enjoy it, too!

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