Made with thick sliced Texas Toast, eggs and plenty of cinnamon and sugar. This French Toast Casserole recipe is perfect for special family celebrations and also works great as an easy prep-ahead Breakfast Idea.
This French toast bake with Texas toast is one of my favorite recipes to make when I'm serving brunch for a special occasion. What I love most about this recipe is that you can prepare it the night before you want to serve it.
As this overnight French toast with Texas toast sits in the refrigerator, the eggs and milk soak into the thick sliced bread turning it into more of a souffle than a traditional French toast recipe where you simply fry the slices of bread on a griddle.
Why do they call it Texas Toast
Most of the time, when we think of Texas Toast, we think of the frozen variety that's seasoned with garlic, herbs and spices. You definitely do not want to use the frozen seasoned bread for this recipe.
Texas Toast bread was created in Texas after a bakery accidentally ordered thicker slices of bread which then resulted in slices too thick for the toaster. It's the perfect thickness for this Texas toast french toast bake.
What if I can't find Texas Toast?
The secret to making this French Toast Casserole recipe is using Texas Toast. However, if you can't find Texas toast in your local grocery store, simply substitute Challah or Brioche bread.
Do not even attempt to make this recipe with regular sliced bread.
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Main Ingredients Needed
Exact measurements are listed below in the recipe card. Make sure you scroll down to print and save the recipe for later!
- Texas toast
- Brown sugar
- Chopped pecans, optional
- Vanilla extract
Cooking Tip: Never melt the butter in a glass casserole dish on top of the stove. The glass casserole dish could burst causing serious injury.
Step 1 | Prepare the Casserole
- In a glass bowl, melt the butter in the microwave and then pour it into the bottom of a 9X13 casserole dish. Then mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg then set aside. Using a stainless steel whisk mix together the eggs, milk and vanilla in another bowl.
- Lay six slices of Texas Toast on top of the melted butter. Then sprinkle with half of the brown sugar mixture, followed by a final layer of Texas Toast.
- Then pour the egg mixture on top of the slices of Texas Toast followed by the remainder of the brown sugar mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator overnight.
Quick Tip: Do not move your glass casserole dish from one temperature extreme to the other. You need the pyrex dish to come to room temperature. If you were to put the cold baking dish in the oven, the dish could burst due to the rapid heat difference of a hot oven. Let it sit on the counter top for about 30 minutes.
Step 2 | Baking Instructions
- The next morning, remove the casserole from the refrigerator and cover it with a new piece of aluminum foil. Allow the casserole to come to room temperature; about 30 minutes. This is a very important step!
- Bake the casserole in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Then uncover the casserole and bake for an additional 15 minutes until it is set and slightly browned. Let sit for a few minutes before serving with warm syrup.
- This is a delicious recipe, however, it's very rich, therefore, I only serve it for special occasions like holidays or family birthdays.
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Other EASY Breakfast Recipes
- Overnight Cinnamon Rolls are another family favorite recipe that you can prepare the night before and bake in the morning. This recipe is great for Christmas morning.
- Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Casserole is the recipe I made for the morning of my son's wedding. We had all the groomsmen and out of town guests come for breakfast. My son and his groomsmen especially loved this recipe.
- Cinnamon Rolls made with Frozen Bread Dough is the perfect recipe if using a yeast dough scares you.
- Spinach Bacon Frittata is one of my family's favorites for brunch on Sunday!
- ½ cup butter melted
- 12 slices Texas toast
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ cup chopped pecans optional
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 eggs
- 1 ½ cups milk
THE NIGHT BEFORE YOU PLAN TO SERVE:
- In a bowl, mix together the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and chopped pecans and set aside.
- Place the butter in a microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave. Melt the butter in 20 second intervals and then pour it into a 9x 13 casserole dish. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk eggs, milk and vanilla together.
- Lay a single layer of the Texas Toast in the casserole dish on top of the melted butter.
- A traditional 9X13 casserole dish can fit 6 slices of Texas Toast on the bottom of the dish.
- Sprinkle half of the brown sugar mix over the bread.
- Layer the second half of the Texas Toast on top of the first layer.
- Pour the egg mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly.
- Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar mixture on top.
- Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
THE NEXT MORNING:
- Remove the casserole dish from the refrigerator and cover with a new piece of foil.
- Let it stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes.
- Bake the casserole for 30 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.
- Then uncover and bake for an additional 15 minutes.
- The French Toast Casserole should be browned and set.
- Cut and serve with warm syrup.
- It's very important that you allow the casserole to come to room temperature before baking.
- Do not move your glass casserole dish from one temperature extreme to the other. Let it sit on the counter top for about 30 minutes.
- You can cover the casserole lightly with aluminum foil if you notice the bread is getting too brown while baking.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 490Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 150mgSodium: 452mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 2gSugar: 25gProtein: 11g
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This recipe has been updated since it first appeared in 2013 with a new printable recipe card that includes nutritional information. I hope you enjoy the updates as much as I enjoyed working on them!