Easy Crockpot French Toast

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Indulge in a heavenly breakfast or dessert with this Crockpot French Toast. Filled with the delicious flavors of blueberries, almonds, and a touch of maple syrup, this dish is sure to become a family favorite.

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Need an easy peasy breakfast and brunch treats, then this Crockpot French Toast will be right up your street. You can spend less time cooking and more time playing and having fun.

It is one of those make-ahead dishes that is so easy and so deliciously, sinfully good that you think, why did I not make this sooner, and why oh why do I not make it every day?

So, all you need to do is throw your brioche, fruit, and quick-to-make eggy custard into your slow cooker and set it to go. A few hours later, brunch is served.

And, even better, is that you can mix this Crockpot French Casserole overnight in the crockpot insert and refrigerate. So, it is easy to add the bowl to the slow cooker in the morning, press go, and don’t forget to make this easy Crock Pot Hot Chocolate to go with it!

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Why Make This Crockpot French Toast Recipe

  • A Versatile French Toast Casserole– This Crock pot French Toast Casserole isn’t just for breakfast; in fact, it effortlessly transitions into a dessert option, offering you a versatile dish that can serve dual purposes. Don’t forget a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Effortless – Indulge in a treat that doesn’t strain your wallet. Moreover, this recipe offers a heavenly taste that won’t break the bank, making it a budget-friendly option if you have a sweet tooth.
  • Quick and Easy Prep – Spend just 5 minutes prepping this dish, allowing ample time to enjoy your Christmas morning. Then, this quick and simple recipe allows you to whip up a delicious breakfast with minimal effort.
  • Great Meal for All – Looking to cater to a large group? This Crockpot French Toast Casserole is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. So, you can easily double the recipe to feed a gathering without hassle.

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Ingredients Notes

  • Eggs – Using large eggs is recommended for the ideal consistency of the custard. If you prefer a lighter texture, you can use egg whites instead of whole eggs.
  • Milk and Double Cream – When preparing this dish, opt for fresh, high-quality milk and double cream for a rich and creamy texture. Alternatively, you can substitute with dairy or non-dairy options like almond milk based on your dietary preferences.
  • Pure Maple Syrup and Vanilla Extract – I use pure maple syrup for a natural sweetener and high-quality vanilla extract for the best flavor. However, you can adjust the amount of maple syrup based on your desired level of sweetness.
  • Ground Nutmeg – Incorporate ground nutmeg for a warm, aromatic flavor. Experiment with spices like cinnamon or cardamom to add a different dimension to the dish.
  • Brioche Rolls – Opt for fresh brioche rolls for the best texture and flavor. If fresh brioche bread rolls aren’t accessible, frozen ones can be substituted, though the texture might slightly differ.

  • Blueberries and Strawberries – Fresh blueberries and strawberries work best in this recipe, providing a burst of natural sweetness. Frozen blueberries and strawberries can be an alternative, but they might release more moisture during cooking. You can try other fresh fruit in this Crockpot french toast.
  • Almonds – Use sliced almonds for a satisfying crunch and nutty flavor. You can swap them with nuts like chopped pecans or walnuts for a different taste profile.
  • Icing Sugar – Sprinkle icing sugar for a touch of sweetness and an attractive presentation. If you prefer a less sweet option, you can omit the icing sugar or use a dusting of powdered sugar as an alternative garnish.

Ready to learn how to make this Slow Cooker French Toast Casserole? Grab those brioche bread rolls and the other ingredients, and I will show you…

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How To Make French Toast Casserole

Get complete ingredients list and instructions from the recipe card below.

  1. Whisk the eggs, milk, heavy cream, vanilla, and nutmeg together in a large bowl until combined.
  2. Cut brioche rolls into rough pieces.
  3. Spray the Crockpot insert with cooking spray and add half the cut brioche rolls and half the blueberries and almonds.
  4. Then layer with the remaining brioche.
  5. Pour all the egg mixture over the bread mixture and scatter over the remaining blueberries and almonds.
  6. Place the insert in the cooker, close the lid, and cook on low for 2.5 hours.
  7. Serve the slow cooker brioche French toast with extra fruit, nuts, and warm maple syrup.
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Expert Tips

  • Experiment with different types of bread. So, use croissants instead of brioche rolls for this Crockpot French Toast recipe. Alternatively, cinnamon raisin bread, gluten-free bread, French bread, or whole wheat bread can add unique flavors and textures.
  • Moreover, to create a more decadent version, add a layer of cream cheese or a sprinkle of chocolate chips between the bread slices.
  • Add more maple syrup if you have a sweeter tooth.
  • So, good news, you can easily double the recipe. Just make sure your slow cooker is large enough to hold it all.
  • Cooking times may vary depending on the size, make, and model of your slow cooker. Make sure to consult your manual as necessary. 
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Delicious Variations

  • Use different spices – Why not try playing around with flavors? Add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, a dash of cardamom, pumpkin pie spice, allspice, or even a hint of ginger to create an extra layer of delicious complexity in this dish.
  • Try different nuts – Let’s get creative with textures! Toss in pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, or a mix of seeds to bring a delightful crunch that beautifully complements the soft brioche and creamy custard.
  • Use seasonal fruit – It’s time to get adventurous with fruits! Consider a medley of vibrant raspberries, juicy blackberries, or even a mix of various berries to bring lively flavors and colors to this dish. Also, consider adding raisins, sultanas, or cranberries.
  • Vary the sweetness – Try sweetening things with honey, caramel, a drizzle of agave nectar, or even some fruit-based syrups to cater to different tastes and dietary needs.

Prep And Storage

  • Make Ahead – This recipe is perfect for planning. You can slice the brioche bread and prepare the egg mixture the night before. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to cook.
  • Reheat – If you have leftovers, gently warm them in the oven for a few minutes or until they’re heated through, ensuring to give them a quick stir for even warmth.
  • Store – Make a double batch and store any extra portions in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Additionally, it can keep well for up to 3 days, and using single-serving containers or bags will make reheating super easy. Moreover, opt for glass containers to prevent staining from the berries and custard.
  • Freeze – Do you want to save some later? Let the French toast casserole cool completely, then transfer it into freezer-safe containers. Label them with the date and freeze them for up to 2 months.
  • Meal Prep – Planning a busy week? Consider doubling or tripling the recipe to have extra servings on hand for future breakfasts or desserts. This way, you’ll always have a delicious treat ready to go whenever you need it.

FAQs

Do you cook French toast on high or low?

It’s best to cook French Toast on a medium-low heat setting. This ensures a perfectly caramelized exterior while maintaining a deliciously soft and golden interior.

What is the secret to good French toast?

The secret to good French toast involves a delicate balance of ingredients and technique.

Start with top-notch bread, letting it soak in the custard mixture for the right time. Cook it over medium-low until it’s beautifully golden and crispy on the outside while keeping it wonderfully soft and custardy.

Then, don’t forget to add a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla to bring out that extra flavor.

What is the best bread for French toast?

The best bread for French toast is typically thick and sturdy, like brioche bread, challah bread, or even dense sourdough.

Moreover, these types of bread hold up well to soaking in the custard mixture without becoming too soggy.

Their rich texture and slightly sweet flavor add a wonderful dimension to the overall taste of the French toast.

Do I Use Fresh Or Stale Bread For French Toast?

You can use stale or fresh bread when making French toast. It’s generally recommended to use slightly stale bread.

This allows the bread to hold its shape better during the soaking process, resulting in a French toast with a crispy exterior and a custardy interior.

How Do I Quickly Dry Bread For French Toast?

To quickly dry bread cubes in the oven, spread them over a baking sheet.

Then, place the baking sheet uncovered in a preheated oven at 170 degrees F / 77 degrees C for approximately 15 – 20 minutes. So, make sure to stir them occasionally for even drying.

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Serve French Toast Casserole With:

  • Crispy Bacon – Firstly, consider serving it with a side of crispy bacon for a savory contrast that balances out the sweetness of the crockpot French toast.
  • Fresh Fruit Salad – Additionally, accompany this French toast with a refreshing fruit salad, including a mix of seasonal fruits, for a light and refreshing addition to the meal.
  • Granola – Moreover, pair this French Toast Casserole with a side of crunchy granola for an added textural contrast that enhances the overall breakfast experience.
  • Oatmeal – Furthermore, French toast goes well with a warm bowl of oatmeal for a hearty and wholesome combination that brings a comforting touch to your breakfast spread.
  • Use your awesome slow cooker to make this French toast casserole.
  • A whisk for making the French toast casserole milk mixture.
  • Get a sharp knife to cut the stale bread into bite-sized bread cubes.
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Slow cooker french toast casserole in a white bowl with additional fruits in seperate bowls.
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5 from 3 votes

Crockpot French Toast

This irresistible crockpot French toast is the ultimate morning breakfast.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 35 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 985kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (250ml) milk
  • ¾ cup (175ml) double cream
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3.5 ounces (100g) blueberries
  • 8 brioche rolls if your dish is shallow, cut in half again the other way to make shorter pieces, each one split in half
  • A handful of sliced almonds
  • Strawberries to serve
  • Icing sugar for dusting

Instructions

  • Whisk together the eggs, milk, double cream, vanilla and nutmeg until combined
  • Cut brioche rolls into rough pieces.
  • Lay half the cut brioche rolls in the slow cooker bowl along with half the blueberries and almonds.
  • Then layer with the remaining brioche.
  • Pour all the egg mixture over the bread and scatter over the remaining blueberries and almonds.
  • Put the bowl in the cooker, close the lid, switch it on, select the slow cooker programme and set the time for 2.5 hrs.
  • Serve the slow cooker brioche French toast with extra fruit, nuts and maple syrup.
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Notes

    • Experiment with different types of bread. So, use croissants instead of brioche rolls for this Crockpot French Toast recipe. Alternatively, cinnamon raisin bread, gluten-free bread, or whole wheat bread can add unique flavors and textures.
    • Moreover, to create a more decadent version, add a layer of cream cheese or a sprinkle of chocolate chips between the bread slices.
    • Add more maple syrup if you have a sweeter tooth.
    • So, good news, you can easily double the recipe. Just make sure your slow cooker is large enough to hold it all.
    • Cooking times may vary depending on the size, make, and model of your slow cooker. Make sure to consult your manual as necessary.
    • Storage – It can keep well for up to 3 days, and using single-serving containers or bags will make reheating super easy.
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Nutrition

Calories: 985kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 34g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 427mg | Sodium: 835mg | Potassium: 208mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 2327IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 225mg | Iron: 2mg

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