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11 Make-Ahead French Toast Casseroles and Pro Prep Tips

Sometimes, when we're not working, there's the irresistible urge to be lazy. Hello, couch potato time and marathon binge watching on Netflix. Go ahead and give into the craving for extreme relaxation by whipping up a French Toast casserole on Friday night. Invite your friends over and encourage them to wear their comfy clothes. Brunch just doesn't get much easier, or more delicious.

French Toast Casserole Prep Tips

  • Cut the bread into cubes and let it sit and dry out for at least an hour. That step helps ensure it thoroughly soaks up the custard.
  • Beat the eggs before adding the milk or cream, or milk substitute for the most velvety consistency.
  • Reserve some of the spice to sprinkle on top just before baking. Because cinnamon makes the kitchen smell amazing.
  • If the recipe calls for citrus, try adding the zest of a lime, lemon or orange to brighten the flavor.
  • Cover the casserole with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out in the fridge.
  • For a crispy topping, turn on the broiler for the final 2-3 minutes of cooking, keeping a close eye on your creation.

Here are some of our top-rated French Toast Casseroles:

Super Fruity

Whether it's berries, apples, pears or bananas, fruit adds that awesome sweet note to these morning casseroles. Consider serving a big platter of Oven Baked Bacon for a Crowd on the side.

1. Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole

"I made this for Christmas morning brunch, perfect to put in the oven and go open presents while it bakes," says Joshua Dunham. "You can top with syrup or whipped cream or nothing at all. I found several different recipes similar to this one, but none had everything I wanted to do with it, so I thought I'd try to make my own. I think it is a very good start, but please, let me know what you think!"

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole

Photo by Happyschmoopies

2. Apple-Raisin French Toast Casserole

"This is a delicious breakfast dish that my mother likes to prepare for Christmas breakfast," says JRGLUCHOW. "It is easy to prepare, and sets overnight, so in the morning you just put it in the oven and enjoy."

Apple-Raisin French Toast Casserole

Photo by Sheena

3. Made-Over French Toast with Spiced Pears

Fresh pairs combine with a syrup of cinnamon, ginger, and honey in this French toast casserole. "An awesome new twist to breakfast," says Amanda..

Made-Over French Toast with Spiced Pears

Photo by CCLoves2Bake

4. Easy Baked Banana French Toast

"Save time without the hassle of dipping individual pieces and frying on the stove top," says Cutie. "Any kind of sandwich bread will work, and you can add any fruit or cream cheese. I used bananas because it's what I had on hand."

Easy Baked Banana French Toast

Photo by Leroy in Las Vegas

5. Raisin Bread French Toast Casserole

"Tastes good for breakfast, just like French toast," says gingem. "It's easy to make too! Serve warm with maple syrup on top."

Raisin Bread French Toast Casserole

Photo by Chef V

6. Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast

"French toast casserole is served with a drizzle of warm homemade strawberry sauce," says Tamala Henry.

Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast

Photo by lutzflcat

Turn Up the Warm, Fragrant Spices

These beauties earn extra credit for making the kitchen smell magical while baking. Check out our guide to herbs and spices for advice on storing those essential ingredients.

7. Baked French Toast

"I got this recipe from my sister in law," says ANTLALA. "She and my brother had it at their gift opening after the wedding. I make it any time we have people staying with us, and it is always a hit. You may sprinkle the top with pecans if you wish."

Baked French Toast

Photo by Kristina Brock

8. French Toast Casserole

"Tastes good for breakfast, just like French toast," says STARFLOWER. "It's easy to make too! Serve warm with maple syrup on top."

French Toast Casserole

Photo by Molly

9. Pecan French Toast

"An easy breakfast to serve when you have overnight guests," says Wanda Galloway. "Serve with syrup, butter and fresh fruit."

Pecan French Toast

Photo by LynnInHK

10. Caramel French Toast

You'll layer apple slices and pecans with slices of bread and sweet and buttery caramel sauce. "This is a good excuse to eat dessert for breakfast," says mikeandjenn.

Caramel French Toast

Photo by Christina

11. Overnight Eggnog French Toast

"Delicious and so easy, it'll become a Christmas morning tradition," says Tillie'sHeadCook. "It needs no syrup. Whipped cream and sliced fruit like strawberries and bananas are great on top!"

Check out our collection of Breakfast and Brunch Recipes.


About Leslie Kelly

Always hungry to learn, never had my fill of oysters, Memphis dry rub ribs, wild salmon, chocolate chip cookies or a well-rolled lumpia. Washington state wine lover, bourbon fan. Totally obsessed with brunch!