Christmas Eve is tomorrow which means you must which up this recipe stat! It’s seriously the coziest breakfast to have ready to go (I recommend prepping the night before) for family gatherings and holidays. Honestly, just looking at it is making my mouth water while I check the pantry for ingredients!
I first met French toast casserole when my sister-in-law, Tasha, served it at a Mother’s Day brunch. I immediately asked for the recipe — to which she replied, “It’s all Paula Deen!” Of course, I should have known with the butter :) French toast casserole quickly became a breakfast staple in my recipe arsenal. I was even so bold to serve it at Pancake Club earlier this month instead of pancakes. Sorry pancakes, sometimes it’s nice not to stand over the griddle and still enjoy a warm breakfast.
- 1 loaf French bread (or various bread scraps, most anything works!)
- 8 large eggs
- 2 cups cream
- 1 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Dash of salt
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Optional - 1 cup pecans, chopped
- Begin preparing this dish the night before you want to serve it. I promise, it turns out much, much better that way!
- Cube bread into bite size pieces and spread in a buttered/sprayed 9x13 casserole dish. Set aside.
- In a blender, add eggs, cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, and spices. Briefly pulse until incorporated. Pour over bread and gently toss to insure all the bread is coated well. Add a lid and refrigerate over night.
- In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and remove your casserole from the fridge. While the oven preheats, assemble the praline topping. First, heat the butter on the stovetop. Remove from heat and mix in brown sugar, corn syrup, cinnamon, and pecans. Spoon over casserole and bake for 40 minutes.
- Allow the French toast casserole to cool and settle for 10 minutes once it comes out of the oven. No need for syrup or other toppings. It's perfectly divine just the way it is!
Marie Cole says
This looks like a great Sunday morning breakfast!