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Easy Breakfast Recipe: French Toast Casserole


French Toast Casserole

I just love French toast and love bread pudding, so I knew when I stumbled on this French toast casserole recipe years ago that I would like it.

I’ve made this a number of times, modifying the ingredients and preparation instructions. While the original recipe, and most French toast or bread pudding recipes, tell you to use French bread, I’ve found that you can use whatever bread you have on hand as long as it can be cut into cubes. I always seem to have some frozen bread that is a bit past its prime that will work – hamburger buns, hoagie rolls…I’ve even used pita bread with this recipe!

I don’t think I would try this with thin sandwich bread slices, but anything else will probably work.

We’ve got another winter storm hitting St. Louis today, so I thought I would post this in honor of the 3 grocery items that the stores sell out of every time snow is predicted – milk, eggs and bread. It doesn’t take much else to make this recipe…so it’s the perfect comfort food for a cold winter morning.

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French Toast Casserole:

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups bread cubes (French bread, buns, hoagie rolls or whatever you have on hand)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • cinnamon sugar mixture

Directions:

French Toast casserole - bread cubes

If your bread is frozen and you have planned ahead, let the bread defrost naturally. If not, cut it into cubes while it is still frozen and then microwave a few seconds until the bread is just barely defrosted.

French Toast casserole - cubes in microwave

Next, beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl.

French Toast casserole - eggs

Then add the milk, sugar, vanilla and salt and mix it up well.

French Toast casserole - eggs and milk

Add the bread cubes to the bowl and push down all of the bread until it is all wet from the milk mixture.

French Toast casserole - bread in milk

Pour the mixture into an 8×8 baking dish or deep dish pie plate. Make sure you spray your dish first with cooking spray so the French toast doesn’t stick to the edges.

French Toast casserole - ready for oven

Sprinkle the bread with cinnamon sugar. The specs you see in this picture are actually cinnamon. I ran out of ground cinnamon and decided to make my own cinnamon from sticks.

French Toast casserole - full dish

Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. When you take it out of the oven it will be all puffed up. As it sits for a few minutes, it will deflate pretty quickly.

French Toast casserole - single serving

Give it about 5 minutes and it’s ready to serve.

French Toast casserole with pita bread

The first time I made this recipe was when my refrigerator broke. I needed a way to use up the frozen pita bread that had been sliced up to go with a dip and later tossed in the freezer. I wasn’t sure it it was going to work, but it actually turned out quite tasty even though I forgot to add the cinnamon sugar topping.

French toast casserole with pita bread and syrup

My favorite way to eat the French Toast Casserole is smothered in syrup. But it would also be good topped with fruit and some whipped cream.

French Toast Casserole -  cooked

Here’s a picture of another time I made the French Toast Casserole using frozen hamburger buns. I have yet to try it with French bread.

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Easy Breakfast Recipe: French Toast Casserole

From Future Expat | Breakfast and Brunch

This easy breakfast recipe is perfect for a cold winter morning. Use just about any bread from your freezer for this tasty casserole style breakfast.

For the step by step direction in pictures, go to: http://futureexpat.com/2014/03/french-toast-casserole-recipe/

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cal Calories 201kcal

fat Total Fat 7g

sat fat Saturated Fat 3g

High chol Cholesterol 130mg

High sodium Sodium 539mg

carbs Total Carbohydrate 25g

Serving size 124g Calories from fat 61kcal Fiber 2g Protein 9g Sugar 6g
6 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 cups bread cubes (French bread, buns, hoagie rolls or whatever you have on hand)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • cinnamon sugar mixture

Directions

  1. Cut the bread into large cubes. If the bread is frozen, cut it up first and then defrost in the microwave.
  2. Beat the eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the milk, sugar, vanilla and salt, and beat well.
  4. Add the bread cubes and push them down until they are all wet.
  5. Pour the bread mixture into an 8×8 baking dish or deep dish pie plate that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  6. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  7. Bake at 350° for 45 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean. When you take it out of the oven it will be all puffed up. As it sits for a few minutes, the bread will deflate. Give it about 5 minutes and it’s ready to serve.

Tips

  • Serve with syrup or fruit and whipped cream. May easily be doubled for a crowd.


16 Responses

  1. Maria says:

    This looks delicious! I love making French toast casseroles, because they are so much easier to throw together than having to make individual French toasts! This looks wonderful!

  2. pat miller says:

    when I make normal French toast I usually add French vanilla pudding mix to my mixture..w cinnamon and vanilla..i was wondering if you could add raisins and diced up apples??? ill give this a try and comment after.

  3. Nancy says:

    Made this wonderful casserole for a Ladies Brunch this morning and it was a hit. I made a double batch and it worked perfectly. Served it along side some warm maple syrup. Will definitely make this delicious dish again. : ) Nancy

  4. babykato says:

    Wow, great recipe Karen. I scaled this down for two people. It was really easy to do. This is a great versatile recipe. We really enjoyed the french toast prepared this way. It was light, tender and fluffy with a great cinnamon flavor. Garnished with a little icing sugar and maple syrup. Next time, I will add a little nutmeg and cardamom. Thank you for sharing this tasty recipe, Made for Best of 2014 Game.

  5. Vickie says:

    This was positively delicious. I used a thick Texas Toast. And I got the vanilla from my cupboard but completely forgot to add it. Despite that minor faux pas, it turned out perfect and everyone said it was really good. We drizzled our favorite maple syrup over ours, but I could see fruit preserves or a dusting of powder sugar would be just equally good. Thanks, Karen.

  6. Mikekey says:

    Great recipe. I cut it in half for just the two of us and baked it in a 4″ casserole dish with no problems. We had ours with maple-flavored agave nectar. Will be making this next time we are out in the RV because the griddle takes up too much stove epace if I make regular French toast or pancakes.

  7. Mikekey says:

    Thanks, Karen. 🙂

  8. What a fantastic idea! I actually found this since I recently made a French Toast Breakfast Dog: http://www.mommydove.com/2015/06/french-toast-breakfast-dog.html
    But this could easily top that! I’m going to try it this week on my 12 year old and see how she likes it, maybe with a compote.

  9. Angie says:

    Soon good! Delicious and easy is my favorite combination.

  10. Danielle says:

    So glad I came across your recipe. I used leftover Kaiser rolls. I didn’t have any maple syrup, so I sprinkled some light brown sugar on the top before baking. It was delicious and easy!

  11. Karen says:

    I just put it in the oven and am looking forward to serving and eating your French toast casserole!

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