This EASY French Toast Casserole recipe is made with Cinnamon Raisin Bread for extra flavor! Bake it immediately, or make it ahead and refrigerate overnight. Treat your family to a delicious weekend breakfast!
Why this Breakfast is the best?
When it comes to breakfast for dinner, what does your family enjoy?
I love to throw things together in the morning and be able to pop it in the oven after a long day. Today’s French Toast Casserole recipe is the perfect comfort food!
Much like this Overnight French Toast Casserole, you can make it the night before and serve it for breakfast too if you prefer!
Whether you’re making this on a Saturday morning, Wednesday night, Christmas morning breakfast, you can’t go wrong with an easy breakfast for dinner recipe!
- It’s easy to assemble. Much easier than standing over a skillet flipping slices of bread!
- The flavor! Today’s recipe is made with Cinnamon Raisin Bread, eggs, real milk, and vanilla extract.
- Perfect for any occasion. French Toast Casserole is great for a weekend breakfast, weeknight dinner, or holiday brunch!
- Bread- We love using a cinnamon raisin bread. But you could also swap it out for cinnamon bagels or brioche too!
- Brown Sugar- adds a caramelized texture (and flavor) to the bread.
- Corn Syrup- used to keep the caramel soft and sweet.
- Butter, Milk, Eggs- all used to create the classic french toast.
PRO TIP- We love making our own homemade vanilla extract, but if using store bought, be sure it’s pure extract, not imitation (for best flavor).
If baking immediately, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 13×9 baking dish with non-stick spray. Set aside.
Make sugar syrup. In a small saucepan, melt butter with sugar and corn syrup. Whisk until fully combined and sugar has dissolved. Pour into the bottom of the greased baking dish.
Dice Bread. Cube the cinnamon raisin bread into one-inch cubes. Lay bread cubes over the butter mixture.
Make Egg Mixture. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the egg mixture over bread. Cover with foil.
PRO TIP: If making ahead of time, this would be when you would refrigerate the french toast casserole overnight (or all day).
Bake. Bake casserole with foil for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional additional 20 minutes.
PRO TIP: As you scoop each serving out with a spatula, be sure to get the syrup on the bottom of the pan!
Top with extra syrup and/or powdered sugar. ENJOY. Or drizzle with buttermilk syrup for a rich flavor!
- Change up the type of bread. Use brioche for a sweet, chewy texture. Hawaiian bread, White Bread, and even Banana Bread makes a delicious french toast as well.
- Add toppings! Sprinkle some cinnamon sugar over the top before baking for a crispy topping like in this Snickerdoodle Banana Bread.
- Add extra raisins, craisins, and/or nuts for flavor and texture.
- Use a delicious lemon glaze like we did in Dad’s Bread Pudding recipe! Or make an easy vanilla icing!
Freezing and Storage
Store leftover french toast casserole in refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Freeze. Assemble french toast casserole in a foil pan. Cover with foil and freeze for up to 3 months.
Allow to thaw in refrigerator overnight and bake as directed. You may need to add extra time to baking if not fully thawed.
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