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Eggnog French Toast

Eggnog French Toast will wow your guests at Christmas brunch! Made with eggnog and rum flavoring, this festive brunch gets everyone in the mood to celebrate. Topped with a pecan and brown sugar crunch, everyone will rave about this breakfast.

If you love overnight french toast recipes, be sure to try this easy, make ahead Sausage and Biscuit Casserole too. The perfect savory brunch recipe to pair with all this sweetness.

Square baking dish with eggnog french toast casserole baked.

Christmas Brunch

Are you an eggnog fan?

When it comes to the traditional beverage, I *like* it but it’s not my go-to at a Christmas party. I’m more of a Christmas Punch or an Apple Cider Sangria girl.

But eggnog inspired foods? Sign me up and pass the nutmeg.

I make Eggnog Fudge for cookie exchanges and Eggnog Cheesecake Bars to impress company (or just eat all myself after the kids are in bed).

Now, I bring you Eggnog French Toast! This is an amazing addition to your holiday brunch or you can make it for breakfast whenever you have a leftover eggnog to use up. (Anyone else always end up with at least one carton of eggnog leftover after hosting a Christmas party?!)

Christmas dinners get a lot of attention, but Christmas Breakfast is one of the meals I look forward to most. We often have some kind of Egg Casserole or Biscuits and Sausage Gravy for brunch in my family, but I like having a sweet option available too.

This Eggnog French toast fills the kitchen with the smell of Christmas while everyone’s opening presents and it’s a dish the adults love as much as the kids.

Best of all, you can prep it the night before! Wake up on Christmas morning and have a delicious festive breakfast ready in no time. This french toast is baked instead of fried in the pan, so it’s even easier.

You can enjoy Christmas morning with your family instead of standing over the stove!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for eggnog french toast bake, including bread, butter, and eggnog.

There are a few ingredients that make this overnight French Toast stand out from the crowd.

  • Texas Toast – Trust me on this one. Thick slices of Texas toast make french toast that soaks up all the egg flavor but doesn’t get mushy on the inside. The thick cut of the bread makes such a difference.
  • Rum flavoring – Totally worth purchasing this nifty ingredient for this recipe to give it an authentic eggnog taste without adding alcohol. Afterward you can use it in my other eggnog recipes like Eggnog Cupcakes.
  • Real eggnog – The full fat, full sugar stuff is the best here!

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make eggnog french toast casserole.

To make the french toast, you whisk eggs with eggnog, milk and the rum flavoring.

Dip cubes of Texas toast bread into the mixture, then into a baking dish. Sprinkle this with cinnamon and nutmeg.

Here’s the overnight part: Let the bread mixture chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.

Before baking, pour melted butter and brown sugar on top and bake the whole thing in the oven. I love to add chopped pecans too for a little crunch!

Enjoy this baked French toast while it’s still warm.

Substitutions

Not in the mood for eggnog but still want a tasty overnight French toast recipe for your brunch?

Eggnog french toast slice with pecans lifted out of pan.

You can easily make this a classic French toast by swapping out the eggnog for more milk. Replace the rum flavor with vanilla extract and you have a delicious French toast that everyone will love.

If you can’t find Texas toast bread, swap it for any thick cut hearty white bread. Brioche or Cinnamon Raisin bread works especially well, too! I don’t recommend subbing whole wheat or gluten free breads in this recipe.

For dairy free French toast, try swapping the eggnog for an almond or soy based nog and the milk for your favorite nondairy milk.{Disclaimer: I haven’t tried it this way yet, but it should work well here!}

The pecans on top of this french toast are optional, but if you are a pecan lover they’re going to make you so happy! The moist cubes of french toast paired with crunchy bites of pecans are a holiday delight.

Slice of eggnog french toast with powdered sugar.

Recipe FAQs

How do you store leftover eggnog french toast casserole?

Eggnog French toast is best served right away, preferably while still warm. It makes enough to feed the whole family but we do not usually end up with leftovers–that’s how good it is! That said, if you do wind up with leftovers you need to store, I would cover and refrigerate it to enjoy within 2 days. Warm the french toast in the microwave for a few seconds before you eat it.

Can you freeze eggnog french toast casserole?

While it’s possible to freeze french toast casserole, I don’t recommend it. The bread tends to get too soggy after baking and heating.

Can I omit the pecans in eggnog french toast?

Absolutely. Make your eggnog french toast bake without nuts, or use walnuts in place of pecans.

Serving Suggestions

Maple syrup poured over a slice of eggnog french toast casserole.

The butter and brown sugar poured on top before baking makes this eggnog french toast plenty sweet and moist on its own.

If you like, you can also serve it with a little powdered sugar sprinkled on top or some maple syrup on the side. Homemade buttermilk syrup pairs nicely with this casserole too!

My family also loves a little cinnamon sugar mix on top!

It’s delicious with a side of fruit and bacon or sausage for a complete Christmas Brunch celebration!

More Easy Breakfast Recipes

Yield: 9 servings

Eggnog French Toast

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 55 minutes

Eggnog French Toast will wow your guests at Christmas brunch! Made with eggnog and rum flavoring, this festive brunch gets everyone in the mood to celebrate. Topped with a pecan and brown sugar crunch, everyone will rave about this breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Texas Toast (about 14 slices), cubed
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup eggnog
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tsp rum flavoring
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped (optional)

Instructions

  1. In large bowl whisk eggs with eggnog, milk and rum flavoring. Dip cubed bread in mixture and place in 9-inch baking dish, until all bread is used. Pour any remaining mixture over bread. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours)
  3. When ready to bake, in small bowl mix melted butter with brown sugar. Pour over bread (sprinkle with pecans if desired). Bake uncovered in 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes. Enjoy warm!

Notes

  • Swap out the milk for more eggnog and replace the rum flavoring with vanilla extract if desired.
  • Find a loaf of bread approximately 16 oz. Brioche works great too!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1 slice

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 149mgSodium: 172mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 6g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Buy a few extra cartons of eggnog now because you’re going to love this recipe so much you’ll be craving Eggnog French Toast well into January. Thank goodness it’s so easy to make that there’s no need to save it for a special occasion!

About Aimee

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Posted on December 23, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Delicious! I didn’t have pecans or egg nog (unable to get to the store), but I’ll be sure to have them next time. Also, substituted the egg nog with can evaporated milk and added in a sprinkle of dried cloves. Crunchy exterior, which I enjoyed. Also mixed in a few white chocolate chips I had with the bread. This was a favorite. Thank you!

  2. This looks so delicious and yummy! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try! So excited! Looks fantastic and delicious!

  3. We had leftover eggnog from our holiday celebrations, so I made this for breakfast this morning. It was delicious! What a great recipe!

  4. Well, YUM…EEEE.

    I too love eggnog, but I’ll admit not all brands. My DH bought a pumpkin spiced type and I accused him of trying to poison me! So to those who hate eggnog, not all brands are created equal.

    Thanks for posting, I’ve saved it.

    Sharon Anne @ sharealikecooking.blogspot.com

    Come by and take a peek at my blog and comment. – Love food blogs!

  5. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Have a great week and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

  6. Oh Wow! Your eggnog French toast sounds amazing!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent on “A Little Birdie Told Me…” Tuesday at Rook No. 17!

    Friends who link-up to tomorrow’s party will have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Hodgson Mill, so please feel free to stop by and join in the fun & inspiration!

    Warmest wishes,
    Jenn

    P.S. I’m featuring your recipe on my Facebook page today.

  7. What a great French Toast for Christmas morning. We would really enjoy this great recipe. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. your eggnog donuts were ALREADY on my list of things to make and here’s another great one I want to try…keep up the great work!

  9. I’m totally a collector of french toast recipes and this one totally just got bookmarked! Sounds super yummy, I will have to try! -Kelly, Semi Homemade Mom

  10. I LOVE eggnog but never thought to use it for french toast. I will have to try this.
    P.S. I have a giveaway going on. Come over and check it out.

    Jamie
    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

  11. Yum! This recipe looks super delish!! I love that you added rum, perfect combo!! This recipe would make me want to wake up early and have breakfast!

  12. Just discovered your blog via pinterest!!

    This blog definitely makes me smile, I will be grab a cuppa now and drool over it for the next 2 hours!!

  13. This looks so good! My husband and I both failed at making french toast yesterday morning, so I hope that when I attempt to make this that it will come out better!!! 😉 BTW, I LOVE eggnog!!!! 😀

  14. I am one of the ones who LOVES eggnog…but only in small quantities and with rum:-) I could definitely go for some of this french toast too!!!! I’m thinking Christmas morning for sure!!!

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