Classic French Toast Casserole

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Enjoy the classic maple version or our Test Kitchen's berry-cream cheese variations.

french toast stacked on plate
Photo:

Katlyn Moncada

Prep Time:
15 mins
Bake Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
9 hrs
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 French Toast Slices

When it comes to brunch recipes, you can't go wrong with French toast. If you have a large family to feed, though, it can be a hassle to stand over the stove and flip those egg- and milk-soaked sweet slices one by one. Enter this deliciously easy French Toast Casserole recipe. Our Test Kitchen whipped up a classic version with simple custard base, spiced with a hint of cinnamon. To take the flavors up a notch, you can also make one of two delicious variations: Strawberry-Banana or Blueberry stuffed with cream cheese. Enjoy with purchased whipped cream or follow this guide to make your own.

Ingredients

  • 1 spray , about 1/3 second nonstick cooking spray

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 12 slices texas toast

  • 6 large eggs

  • 2 cups whole milk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 2 tbsp sweetened whipped cream

Directions

  1. Coat a 3-qt. rectangular baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In a small saucepan combine butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and ½ tsp. cinnamon. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes.

  2. Spread half of the sugar mixture in the prepared dish. Layer 6 bread slices on top. Spread remaining half of sugar mixture on top of bread. Add remaining bread slices.

  3. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and remaining ½ tsp. cinnamon. Pour over bread. Cover dish, and chill at least 8 hours or overnight.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted into center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cut into 12 pieces. Serve with Sweetened Whipped Cream.

Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

In a medium bowl beat 6 ounces softened cream cheese with 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Fold in 2 cups blueberries. Prepare sugar mixture as directed in step 1 and pour half of the mixture in the prepared dish. Arrange 6 bread slices in dish and top with remaining sugar mixture and the blueberry filling. Complete recipe as directed. 

Strawberry-Banana Stuffed French Toast

In a medium bowl beat 6 ounces softened cream cheese with ¼ cup strawberry jam with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Fold in ⅔ cup chopped strawberries. Prepare sugar mixture as directed in step 1 and pour half of the mixture in the prepared dish. Arrange 6 bread slices in dish and top with remaining sugar mixture and the strawberry filling. Slice 3 bananas and arrange slices over the strawberry filling. Complete recipe as directed. 

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

316 Calories
17g Fat
33g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 316
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17.3g 22%
Saturated Fat 8.3g 42%
Cholesterol 117.8mg 39%
Sodium 306.5mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 32.9g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 19.3g
Protein 7.5g
Vitamin D 1.1mcg 6%
Vitamin C 0.1mg 0%
Calcium 80.8mg 6%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Potassium 139.5mg 3%
Fatty acids, total trans 0.4g
Vitamin D 44.5IU
Alanine 0.3g
Arginine 0.3g
Ash 1.3g
Aspartic acid 0.6g
Caffeine 0mg
Carotene, alpha 0mcg
Choline, total 84.3mg
Copper, Cu 0.1mg
Cystine 0.1g
Energy 1321.4kJ
Fluoride, F 0.6mcg
Folate, total 79.3mcg
Glutamic acid 1.2g
Glycine 0.2g
Histidine 0.2g
Isoleucine 0.3g
Leucine 0.5g
Lysine 0.4g
Methionine 0.2g
Magnesium, Mg 16.3mg
Manganese, Mn 0.2mg
Niacin 1.5mg
Phosphorus, P 117.3mg
Pantothenic acid 0.8mg
Phenylalanine 0.3g
Phytosterols 0.1mg
Proline 0.4g
Retinol 127.2mcg
Selenium, Se 15.2mcg
Serine 0.4g
Starch 12.2g
Theobromine 0mg
Threonine 0.3g
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 0.9mg
Tryptophan 0.1g
Tyrosine 0.3g
Valine 0.4g
Vitamin A, IU 456.7IU
Vitamin A, RAE 128.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 11.3mcg
Water 68.3g
Zinc, Zn 0.8mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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