We are a brunch family. We enjoy going out with friends for a lovely brunch or having people over. Sometimes it can be challenging to decide what to serve, especially when you’re hosting a crowd. Several years ago I found a very simple overnight baked french toast recipe but it had a lot of added sugar. There was sugar in the base, sugar in the egg mixture and sugar in the topping. It was just way too much sugar for us.
Using the recipe I found initially, I reduced the sugar substantially and made the baked french toast a bit prettier 🙂
What’s so great about this french toast bake is that you make it ahead of time, leave it in the fridge overnight and then pop it in the oven before your guests arrive.
Everyone who we serve this french toast casserole to absolutely loves it! I hope you will too.
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What you Need to Make Super Simple Overnight Baked French Toast
Ingredients to Make Super Simple Overnight Baked French Toast
- Loaf of Challah bread (egg bread)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- cinnamon to taste
- 4 eggs
- 1 and 1/2 cups of skim milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
Steps to Make Super Simple Overnight Baked French Toast
The night before, get the french toast casserole ready except for the baking part.
Cut up the Challah/egg bread into long strips.
Put the 1/2 cup of butter in a microwave safe bowl. I like to cut mine into cubes so it melts a bit easier. Microwave the butter cubes on high for around 40 seconds, depending on your microwave. It might not all be melted at that point but mix it around a bit to melt it further.
Once the butter is melted, add in the 1/2 cup of brown sugar and mix until all blended.
Spray the casserole dish with a bit of olive oil spray. Then spread the butter and brown sugar mixture on the bottom.
Next, create your egg/milk mixture. Place four eggs in a mixing bowl, along with 1 and 1/2 cups of milk, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and cinnamon to taste.
After the egg and milk mixture is together, put the first layer of Challah/egg bread on top of the butter/brown sugar mixture. Cover the entire bottom with one layer of Challah/egg bread.
When the first layer of bread is on top of the brown sugar/butter mixture, pour about 1 cup of the egg mixture on top and then layer the bread and egg/milk mixture until the bread is used up.
Do make sure that the last layer of bread gets covered by the egg/milk mixture as well.
Once the casserole is ready, cover it and put it in the fridge overnight.
The Next Morning…
The next morning, preheat your oven to 325.
Once the oven is ready, cover the french toast bake with foil, cut a few holes in the top to release any steam. Bake in the oven for 35 minutes. After the first 35 minutes is done, take the foil off and bake the overnight french toast bake for another 10 minutes.
When you cut into the french toast you’ll see the yummy and gooey caramel on the bottom and that the egg mixture has perfectly absorbed into the bread for a wonderful brunch.