Overnight french toast

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Overnight french toast casserole topped with a brown sugar crumb topping and berries. A delicious spin on french toast and perfect for holiday gatherings or Sunday brunch!

One of my favorite part about the holidays is the food. I love cooking for family and friends and enjoying a meal together. However on days like Christmas morning, the last place I want to be is in the kitchen. The best part about this overnight blueberry french toast is that you can make it the day before and pop it in the oven the next morning. It’s perfect for days like Christmas morning, when you want to just put something in the oven and enjoy time with the family. It’s a great recipe for company and always a crowd pleaser.

Overnight french toast casserole topped with a brown sugar crumb topping and berries. A delicious spin on french toast and perfect for holiday gatherings or Sunday brunch!

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Overnight blueberry french toast

How to make overnight french toast

This simple baked french toast overnight starts with a French bread base (I like to use a thick day old bread, so it doesn’t become soggy). Then you’ll beat together milk, eggs, brown sugar and cinnamon and pour it over the top. This will sit overnight and soak up nicely into the bread. How to make overnight french toast

Then you’ll add a brown sugar crumb topping and berries to the top of the bread right before baking. I also love adding Dole frozen mixed berries to the top, because we always have them on hand in the freezer. I love the pre-portioned bags, which makes it super convenient to pull out and use smaller portions for recipes like this one. We use them for everyday smoothies too. The berries make this french toast bake extra delicious. I love the sweet flavor they add!

Overnight french toast recipe

Overnight french toast

Overnight french toast casserole topped with a brown sugar crumb topping and berries. A delicious spin on french toast and perfect for the holidays!

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 50-60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf day old french bread (sour dough or challah work great too), about 10 cups
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 7 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup berries (I used frozen)

Directions:

Grease a 9x13" casserole dish and set aside.

Cut the bread loaf into cubes and layer evenly in the pan. You should have about 2 layers. Beat the milk, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium size bowl. Then pour evenly over the bread, making sure it covers each piece. Cover with foil and refrigerate over night, or at least 3 hours.

In a medium size bowl, mix together the butter, flour and brown sugar with a pastry cutter or two knives. Use your hands if needed to make crumbs. Cover and refrigerate.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Add the crumb topping on top of the bread and then evenly disperse the berries on top. Bake uncovered for 50-60 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and the center is cooked through.

Enjoy by itself or topped with syrup.

I love to cook my french toast the full hour so that the top of the bread becomes a little caramelized/toasted and the center is cooked through. If you’d like the center more of a bread pudding texture, I would take it out about 15 minutes sooner. Either way it’s delicious!

Overnight french toast recipe

Hope you enjoy this french toast casserole! It has definitely become one of my family’s favorites to make over the years.

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Overnight french toast casserole topped with a brown sugar crumb topping and berries. A delicious spin on french toast and perfect for holiday gatherings or Sunday brunch!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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Comments

  1. Rebecca posted on November 14, 2017 at 10:08 am (#
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    I have some failed pumpkin muffins that were really dense that I threw in the freezer, think they would work as the “bread” in this dish?

    • Jamielyn posted on November 14, 2017 at 10:15 pm (#
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      Definitely give it a try if you like pumpkin and berries together! :)

  2. Karen Joyce posted on November 16, 2017 at 6:57 am (#
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    Oooo, this looks promising for busy mornings!! Thanks for sharing 😃

    • Jamielyn posted on November 16, 2017 at 3:16 pm (#
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      Yes! My favorite for these busy holiday mornings! :)