Oven-baked French toast casserole

Left over French bread? Why not make this baked French toast casserole! It’s simple, it’s easy and super delicious. No more food waste!

Left over French bread? Why not make this baked French toast casserole! It's simple, it's easy and super delicious. No more food waste!

Sunday morning

For some reason, Sunday mornings require a superb breakfast. Whether that’s pancakes, a variety of breads and spreads, waffles or anything else: it better be something I wouldn’t eat on a weekday! A large cup of coffee or some fresh orange juice, can’t go wrong with that, am I right?

Left over French bread? Why not make this baked French toast casserole! It's simple, it's easy and super delicious. No more food waste!

So, when we had loads of sliced French bread left over from the boyfriends birthday, the first thing that popped into my head was French toast. However, I couldn’t picture myself drenching all those slices in the egg/milk mixture and frying them off one by one, so I knew I had to figure out an alternative. Why not make a huge serving in the oven? It’s easy, simple and requires so little time. I decided to give it a go, and it was soooo much better than expected!

Left over French bread? Why not make this baked French toast casserole! It's simple, it's easy and super delicious. No more food waste!

While I normally have some difficulty getting the edges of my French toast nice and crunchy, this was absolutely no problem in the oven. The bottom side of the toast has that typical soft but firm texture, as you would expect with French toast. Because you top them with a brown sugar and butter mixture the top doesn’t just turn crunchy but gets a super delicious melted brown sugar caramel-y topping, which is my favourite part!

Left over French bread? Why not make this baked French toast casserole! It's simple, it's easy and super delicious. No more food waste!

Recipe notes

If you are not into crunchy crusts, simply give the slices of bread some more time to soak. You can also toss them around in the mixture, to make sure all parts of the bread soak up an even amount of the egg/milk mixture.

Instead of keeping aside some of the brown sugar for the topping, you can also mix all of it through the egg/milk mixture.

Left over French bread? Why not make this baked French toast casserole! It's simple, it's easy and super delicious. No more food waste!

In this recipe, I soak the slices of bread a little under 30 minutes. However, you can give this more time: some people prepare this the night ahead.

For normal (pan fried) French toast we usually don’t add any brown sugar before cooking the slices. If you prefer, you can cook the bread without adding any sugar. In this case, you would serve the toast with extra sugar instead.

Left over French bread? Why not make this baked French toast casserole! It's simple, it's easy and super delicious. No more food waste!

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Left over French bread? Why not make this baked French toast casserole! It's simple, it's easy and super delicious. No more food waste!

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Oven-baked French toast


Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 3 small French breads sliced, at least one day old
  • 400 ml milk
  • 5 eggs
  • 50 g butter
  • 50 g maple or golden syrup
  • 150 g brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Mix together the milk, eggs, golden/maple syrup, vanilla extract and 100 g of brown sugar. Set aside so the brown sugar will incorporate in the mixture.

  2. In a large casserole, assemble the French bread slices so that there are minimal overlaps. Give the milk mixture another mix through, and pour over the bread. Try and make sure it's spread evenly. Let this sit for 30 minutes, to make sure the bread takes up the mixture.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix the butter and remaining 50g of brown sugar. Microwave in 30 second intervals until it's one dark brown mixture. Pour this over the breads as well, and top with some cinnamon. After the 30 minute wait, place this in the oven for around 30 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with extra sugar, and enjoy!

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