This French Toast Casserole with cinnamon sugar topping is soft and fluffy on the inside, and golden brown on top. It can be refrigerated overnight or baked immediately for a delicious breakfast that feeds a crowd.
If you love French toast – then you need to try this French toast casserole. It’s a delicious take on French toast that’s extra fluffy, filled with cinnamon, and perfect for soaking up lots of maple syrup.
Plus – you skip the hassle of having to stand over the griddle frying each piece of bread individually. Instead, all the ingredients get tossed into a large casserole pan. No fuss, no frying, just delicious French toast bake.
You end up with the fluffies french toast around that’s filled with cinnamon and caramelized on top. What I also love about this French toast casserole is that it’s extra good at soaking up maple syrup. (We’re not worrying about calories here).
How to Make French Toast Casserole
Making this French Toast Casserole is actually easier than making regular French toast. First, we slice the bread into little squares. I like to use brioche bread but any kind of fluffy, thick-cut white bread will do the trick. Hawaiian bread, Italian bread or a French loaf work perfectly too.
Then place the bread into a greased casserole dish. You’ll want to use a 3-quart dish for this recipe. A glass 9×13 inch pan will work, or you’ll see the one I used in photos has rounded edges.
Then we make the French toast batter by whisking together milk, eggs, a little sugar, a little butter and cinnamon. I like to add a little sugar and butter to my french toast because they add flavor and help to caramelize the top. Then cinnamon is always key 😉 Then pour the batter over top of the bread so it’s evenly coated.
Last but not least, I like to add a little drizzle of buttery cinnamon sugar drizzle to the top. It’s made by whisking together melted butter, brown sugar & cinnamon. Then simply drizzle it over top. Here’s what mine looked like:
Now at this point, it’s totally up to you. You can either bake it immediately or turn it into overnight French toast casserole.
How to Make Overnight French Toast Casserole
After preparing the French toast bake, cover the pan in aluminum foil and place in the fridge. Then when you’re ready to bake preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Bake for 30 minutes covered with the aluminum foil, then remove the foil and continue baking for 15 minutes until the top is golden. You can make the casserole up to 24 hours in advance – however, I wouldn’t prepare it any longer than this or else the bread can get too soggy.
Once it’s done baking the top will be golden brown and completely delicious. You can even add a little sprinkle of powdered sugar overtop before serving.
For even more delicious French toast casserole ideas:
- Add in 1 cup of fresh berries
- Stir in 8 oz of cream cheese cut into pieces
- or swap white bread for cinnamon raisin for extra cinnamon goodness.
This French toast casserole is such a delicious breakfast recipe and tastes incredible whether you make it ahead of time or not. I love it for holidays because it feeds a crowd, but you definitely shouldn’t wait til then to enjoy this delicious breakfast recipe.
If you love this French toast casserole, then make sure to try these other delicious French toast recipes:
French Toast Casserole with cinnamon sugar topping is soft and fluffy on the inside, and golden brown on top. Make it overnight and bake in the morning, or you can prepare it in the morning and bake it immediately. Either way - it's the perfect breakfast for a crowd.
- 1 large loaf of bread , 16-18 oz
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- 6 large eggs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter , melted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter , melted
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350F degrees and lightly grease a 3-quart (or 9x13 inch) casserole pan.
Chop the bread into squares and place in the casserole dish.
In a large bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, sugar, 2 tablespoons butter, and cinnamon.
Pour the mixture over the bread being sure to cover evenly. Give the mixture a stir using a rubber spatula to coat if necessary.
In a small bowl whisk together the ingredients for the cinnamon sugar drizzle.
Drizzle it overtop of the French toast casserole.
Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes covered. Remove the foil and continue baking for 15 minutes, or until the top looks golden. *
Let cool for 5 minutes before cutting into slices and serving. Careful - the pan is HOT.
Serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar or cinnamon, maple syrup and/or whipped cream.
*I recommend baking this covered with aluminum foil for the first 30 minutes because otherwise the top can burn but the inside won't be cooked yet.
**Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Warm in the microwave before enjoying.