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Baked French Toast Casserole with Streusel

This week has been feeling so crazy and jumbled around here.  From severe winter weather to school closings to fighting off a cold, I’ve felt somewhat scattered.

Thankfully, the weekend is here!  And with the weekend comes our weekly family brunch in our kitchen, which the kids look forward to every weekend.  After all, it’s a break from the usual milk and cereal act.

French toast casserole streusel

Awhile back, I shared this great Texas French Toast Bake that rocks.  When I take it to brunch gatherings, I know I’ll be lucky if there are any pan scrapings left.

This Baked French Toast Casserole with Streusel is another serious winner.  I’ve been making this one for years, and get requests for this recipe often.

I particularly love this recipe because (a) you can use any sliced bread you have in the pantry, including wheat bread; (b) the brown-sugar-pecan streusel is ridiculously scrumptious

French Toast Casserole Brown Sugar Crumble

I could eat just the crispy, crunchy, crumble topping all by itself.  And I do, every time.  That’s why I wrote the recipe to be teeming with plenty of luscious topping.  People inhale that thick layer of sweet crunchiness on top.

Plus, the baker of this baked french toast might find it hard to refrain from eating the topping to the point that there’s hardly enough left for the casserole.

French Toast Casserole Brown Sugar Streusel

This Baked French Toast Casserole is cinnamony, slightly sweet, and tender underneath all that crunchy streusel.

Prepare it the night before, and smell the magic happen the morning of.

Maple syrup drizzled on top just before serving is the icing on the cake.

Enjoy!

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Baked French Toast Casserole with Streusel

This Baked French Toast Casserole is a fail-proof, crowd-pleasing way to serve up a fantastic brunch! It’s one of my weekend go-to favorites. Prep can be done the night before, and bake it in the morning! (Note: The streusel amount listed is generous, for those who like a nice thick layer of crunchy topping. If you prefer, you can halve the amount of streusel.)

Yield: makes one 9x11 pan 1x

Ingredients

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  • For the Streusel:
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cups salted butter, sliced (1 stick)
  • 4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • For the Casserole:
  • 12 to 13 cups cubed, hearty bread (I use hearty wheat)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp good vanilla extract
  • Pure maple syrup for serving

Instructions

  1. Make the Streusel: Combine all streusel ingredients in a bowl, mixing well until resembles chunky, damp sand. Cover and keep in fridge to chill.
  2. Grease a 9×13 baking dish with butter on bottom and up sides. Place 12 cups of bread cubes in dish. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla, whisking to thoroughly incorporate. Pour egg mixture evenly and slowly over the bread cubes. Gently toss to ensure even coating of all bread cubes. If there seems to be too much excess liquid, add another cup of bread cubes until liquid seems mostly soaked up (there will be a thin layer of excess liquid at the bottom, which is ok.)
  3. Cover and place in fridge to chill overnight, if making ahead of time (gently toss soaked bread cubes again before baking.)
  4. Preheat oven to 350F. Sprinkle chilled streusel evenly over the top of casserole.
  5. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until topping is nicely browned and bubbly. If it starts looking too browned at the 45 minute mark, loosely tent with foil and continue baking as needed.
  6. Allow to cool about 10-15 minutes, and serve warm with maple syrup.
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: breakfast, brunch

Source:  Chew Out Loud

Here’s that Texas French Toast Casserole, my other brunch favorite that everyone loves:

Texas French Toast Bake, 2

 

Want a savory breakfast casserole?  Here’s a fail proof Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole:
Cheesy Ham 'n Hash Brown Bake 5

Apple Caramel Cinnamon Breakfast Cake, anyone?  This is serious goodness in a pan:

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Cake 3

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21 comments

    • Kelli

    Can I freeze this ahead of time?

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, you can freeze it airtight for a week or so. Enjoy!

    • sam

    Do you think it would be a problem to add a can of cinnamon rolls to this to recipe?

      • chewoutloud

      Hi, Sam! How would you like to add the cinna rolls? I’d follow the recipe on your first try, so you know what it tastes like. As is, it’s pretty decadent, filling, and sweet with the streusel (plus maple syrup if desired) 🙂 Then if you want to play with cinna roll or other twists, you’ll have a good idea of how to go about it 🙂 Enjoy!

    • kathy

    Thank you! This is a total scrumptious morning delight. We don’t use syrup; it’s that good!

      • chewoutloud

      Glad you liked it, kathy 🙂

    • Amy

    Oh goodness. I wonder how many lbs I just gained looking at this. 😉 hehe Looks divine! I’d like to make it for company on the weekend but I’m torn between that & your Texas toast one. So while I decide I was wondering if it would be ok to use 2% milk instead of whole?

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, Amy, 2% would work too. It would probably be somewhat thinner vs. creamier, but I’m sure it will taste great! You can’t go wrong with either of the casseroles, so enjoy! 🙂

        • Amy

        Thank you! Mmmmmm I can taste it already.

    • Lynette

    I made this today for breakfast at church. It was really good and made my house smell incredible! Only thing I will change next time is to cut the streusel topping in half-2 cups is a lot. It was very, very good, though! Thanks!

      • chewoutloud

      So glad you guys liked it, Lynette! My friends and family are streusel lovers, so we do use a thicker layer. It’s like dessert for breakfast almost 🙂

    • Katie

    How many does this recipe serve?

      • chewoutloud

      Katie, my guesstimate is around 12-20. It really varies depending on how big you slice the squares. It will make a 9×11 or 9×13. Typical casserole size. Hope that helps.

    • Elaine

    This sounds really good

      • chewoutloud

      Hi, Elaine! It tastes even better than it sounds or looks! Hope you try it soon, and let us know how you like it 🙂

    • huntfortheverybest

    this looks so yummy!

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks! It is totally, absolutely crazy delish 🙂

    • Jasline @ Foodie Baker

    The baked french toast looks sooo awesome and delicious!

      • chewoutloud

      It really is delish! Thanks for stopping by, Jasline! 🙂

        • Chantelle

        Looks amazing but I just had one question do I bake it coved or not

          • chewoutloud

          Thanks, Chantelle! Take a peek at #5 on instructions; hope that helps! Thanks so much for being here today and hope you guys love this 🙂

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