French Toast Casserole

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 6 -10
Author: Sara Maniez
French Toast Casserole is made with 2 crusty French baguette loaves, and has all the delicious flavor and spices of French toast just in casserole form to feed a crowd! Assemble this the night before and toss it in the oven in the morning!
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Ingredients

  • 2 french baguettes 1" slices, then cut in half-moon shapes (using loaves about 19" x 2-1/2"), you want enough til fill a 13" x 9" pan with 2 layers
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • maple syrup for serving
  • Vanilla Whipped Cream for serving

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9" x 13" baking pan. Arrange cut bread in the pan in 2 even layers.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, whole milk, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour mixture evenly over the bread.
  3. Dot the top with 2-5 tablespoons of butter, depending on preference. Cover and refrigerate overnight allowing the bread to soak up all the mixture.
  4. The next day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Take casserole out of the fridge and bake for 40 minutes, check if it's done, if it is still liquid-y in the center, rotate dish 90 degrees and leave in for an additional 15-20 minutes, you will want to put a foil tent on top to prevent the tops of the toast from browning more. Serve topped with Vanilla Whipped Cream and maple syrup. Enjoy!