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French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American, Western
Keyword french toast casserole, overnight french toast casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 709kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 cups cubed French bread about 1 large loaf (or sourdough or ciabatta)
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

To make the custard:

  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp teaspoon salt

To make the topping:

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375F / 190C / gas 5. Slice your bread into 1-inch cubes, leaving the crust on.
  • Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish. Add about half of the bread cubes in an even layer on the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle half of the pecans on the top of the bread. Repeat with the remaining bread and pecans.
  • In a small bowl, make the custard. Start by whisking the eggs together, then whisk in the milk, sugar, orange zest, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1⁄4 tsp of nutmeg, 1⁄4 tsp salt. Pour evenly over the bread.
  • In another small bowl, make the topping by combining together the butter and brown sugar, then stir in 1 tsp cinnamon, 1⁄4 tsp nutmeg and 1⁄8 tsp of salt. Drizzle evenly over the bread.
  • Place the casserole in the preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top of the casserole is browned. Some of the tallest bread chunks will turn dark brown and all of the bread should be baked and crispy.
  • Let the casserole cool for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with maple syrup and powdered sugar on top, if desired.

Notes

Recipe Tips

How to cut your bread? For this recipe, you’ll need 10 cups of cubed bread. Start by slicing your loaf into 1-inch thick slices (keeping the crust on) and then cut your slices into cubes. It’s OK if the cubes aren’t perfect, as long as they are about an inch thick (this will help them soak up the spiced egg wash).
Adding Your Bread to the Casserole Dish: When you add your first layer of bread to your casserole dish, try to create an even layer with as few gaps as possible. Spread the bread out so that there are no large holes in the bottom of your casserole. You may end up needing to add a few more than half of the bread cubes to create an even layer.

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Nutrition

Calories: 709kcal | Carbohydrates: 121g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1125mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 267IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 8mg