Skip to content

Best French Toast Casserole Recipe

The Best Texas French Toast Casserole Recipe also happens to be an easy overnight dish that can be completely prepared ahead of time. This is a jackpot breakfast bake that’ll become a fast favorite among your family and friends.

(This is an updated post with new step-by-step photos and instructions. You can read original post with tons of comments here.)

breakfast casserole breakfast bake texas french toast casserole french toast bake
This Texas French Toast is the BEST brunch for every weekend.

Best French Toast Casserole

I don’t often remake recipes once they’ve been thoroughly tested and have earned a spot on the blog. After all, there are approximately 27 times more brand new recipes I want to create than I actually have time for.

I’m tickled when people ask me whether it’s hard to come up with recipes to make…I’ve totally got the opposite problem. Buried in my files is a mountainous pile of yummy ideas that I’m craving to make with time I don’t have. My please-cook-me collection keeps growing with a life of its own.

But. This Best French Toast Casserole? It gets ongoing requests for repeat appearances. Ever since Miss Texas French Toast casserole hit the Pinterest runway back in 2012 (here’s my original blog post), it’s been hot 🔥 It’s one of the most Pinned breakfast bakes on the scene for years now.

Apparently, everyone loves a French toast bake with a crispy bottom layer that tastes so good, it doesn’t need maple syrup.

People who try this French Toast Bake are rewarded with a perfect pan of mouthwatering magic. Occasionally, someone asks for help. So today, I’m updating this breakfast casserole post to include some new how-to photos. I’ve updated specific instructions to ensure a super easy, fail proof, jaw dropping result every time.

You’ll end up with pan that’s no-crumbs-left empty. You’ve been warned: leftovers are highly unlikely…

breakfast casserole breakfast bake texas french toast casserole french toast bake
Use fresh Texas Toast bread loaf, found in the sandwich bread aisle.

Tips for the best French Toast Casserole:

  • Be absolutely sure you have the right kind of bread. (See above image.) You can find fluffy, white, thick loaves of Texas Toast in the fresh bread aisle of your grocery store. Not all stores carry it, but I have always been able to find it at major grocery stores, including Target.
  • If you can’t find Texas Toast, you can slice up a big loaf of French or Italian bread — just make sure to slice each piece about 1 1/4″ thick. The slices need to be thick for this hearty breakfast casserole.
  • If you’re staring at frozen garlic/cheese type “Texas Toast” – this is not the right kind of bread. Run away from frozen garlic bread labeled Texas Toast (unless you’re serving it with Lemon Basil Orzo with Chicken for dinner, in which case it would be all good.)
  • Hand whisk the egg mixture ingredients together: eggs, milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, and a bit of salt. No fancy electric mixers needed.
breakfast casserole breakfast bake texas french toast casserole french toast bake
Almond extract is your secret ingredient.

Don’t skip the extract

Don’t skip the almond extract. It’s SO worth it to grab yourself a little bottle of almond extract if you don’t have any in your spice cabinet.

The almond extract truly imparts a sensational flavor to the dish. You can also use your almond extract to make Award Winning Almond Dessert Bars and Lemon Almond Poppy Seed Bread.

breakfast casserole breakfast bake texas french toast casserole french toast bake
Take the time to ensure every piece of bread is fully soaked through.

How to avoid any sogginess

  • Use pastry brush or even the back of a spoon to slowly brush on 1 cup of the egg mixture to first layer of bread slices.
  • Take your time. It’s worth a few extra seconds to ensure an even coating and thorough bread soaking, so you don’t end up with any risk of sog-factor at the bottom. If you pour the egg mixture too quickly over the bread slices, it won’t soak into the bread; it’ll just slide right into the bottom of your pan.
  • Be sure to get lots of wonderful egg mixture into the edges of each bread slice. It will make a difference.
  • Yes, you can just hand-dip each slice of bread into the egg mixture if you prefer; however, I find that’s actually messier and trickier than simply using my pastry brush.
breakfast casserole breakfast bake texas french toast casserole french toast bake
These thick slices of bread should soak up all the liquid.

Layering instructions

  • Generously sprinkle delightful cinnamon-sugar over that first layer of sliced bread.
  • Repeat it all for a second layer of sliced bread.
  • I like to sprinkle most of the dry cinnamon-sugar mix in the middle, reserving just a bit for the top. It helps prevent the top from getting too overly browned in the oven.
  • Cover tightly with foil, chill overnight, and bake in the morning.
  • Serve with maple syrup and berries, if you like.
  • But really, it’s so good you don’t need syrup at all.
breakfast casserole breakfast bake texas french toast casserole french toast bake
Hello, Golden Deliciousness.

Final tips

  • Sleep in a little, bake, and eat. Repeat.
  • Repeat again next weekend (and maybe all the weekends from now and forever more.)
breakfast casserole breakfast bake texas french toast casserole french toast bake
Add maple syrup, berries, or just dig right in.

Watch this recipe in action:

Best Texas French Toast Casserole Recipe

4.78 from 164 ratings
The Best Texas French Toast Casserole Recipe also happens to be an easy overnight dish that can be completely prepared ahead of time. This is a jackpot breakfast bake that'll become a fast favorite among your family and friends.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Servings: 20


  • ½ cup salted, melted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 fresh-sliced bread loaf of Texas Toast, Not frozen; found in fresh sliced bread aisle
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cup whole or lowfat milk
  • 1 TB pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure almond extract
  • tsp table salt
  • Cinnamon Sugar Mixture: 2 TB light brown sugar, packed 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Optional Toppings: powdered sugar, real maple syrup, fresh berries


  • Put butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 20 second increments, stirring in between, until melted. Add 1 cup brown sugar and stir until well incorporated.
  • Use rubber spatula to evenly press mixture into bottom of a greased 9×13 pan, spreading mixture evenly.
  • Use hand whisk to combine eggs, milk, vanilla extract, almond extract, and salt until fully incorporated. Mixture should be about 2 3/4 cup total. Set aside.
  • Lay a single layer of Texas Toast in pan (about 6 whole slices,) cutting additional pieces to fill pan bottom, if needed. Very gradually and slowly brush 1 cup of egg mixture evenly over every slice of bread, taking care to saturate edges (do not hastily pour egg mixture or all of it will end up at the bottom.)
  • Sprinkle evenly with most of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture, reserving about 2 tsp of the mixture for topping. Repeat with second layer, using another 6 slices or so of bread. Slowly brush remaining egg mixture over that layer, again paying special attention to the edges. Ensure all slices are well saturated. End with sprinkling of remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Cover tightly and chill overnight in fridge, or at least long enough for custard to thoroughly soak bread. Preheat oven to 350F, with rack on lower middle position. Let casserole rest at room temp while oven preheats. Bake for 40-45 minutes, covered for the first 30 minutes, and uncovered after that.
  • Be sure to scrape up all the bottom sticky goodness when serving. Serve with optional toppings, if desired.


*If you don't have time to chill overnight, let the casserole soak for at least 35 minutes at room temp before baking.
If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Method: Bake

Did you make this?

Leave a comment below and tag @chewoutloud on Instagram

Breakfast Bakes We Love:

  1. Easy Overnight Breakfast Casserole
  1. Sweet Potato Sausage Breakfast Casserole
  1. Breakfast Enchilada Bake
  1. Baked French Toast Casserole with Streusel

Add a comment

Recipe Rating


    • Deb
    • 4 stars

    It Came out delicious but once it cooled down it was very difficult to chew the bottom turn to like candy did I do something wrong? But want to make again so what do you

      • chewoutloud

      The bottom does turn caramel-ish and chewy once fully cool…if you’re planning to have it out that long, you can pre-cut into squares and just slide thin spatula underneath the pieces to ensure that they remove easily even when cool. SO happy you’re going to keep making this 🙂

    • Amy
    • 5 stars

    I have served your Texas French toast bake every Christmas morning for the past 5 years (soon to be 6!). It started as a lucky Pinterest find, then turned into a family tradition. It was my father’s favorite, and in an effort to feel connected to him, I continued making it after his unexpected passing. My picky husband and two young children love it, as do the random variety of people that show up to my house for Christmas brunch.

      • chewoutloud

      Oh, that is the kind of recipe-story that makes me so happy and keeps me loving the work I do 🙂 Thanks so much for coming over to share that with us! Happy continued baking, Amy 🙂

    • Donna Kirkwood
    • 5 stars

    I would like to find out how carbs their is in this wonderful dish. Can you please let me know?

    • Gem Star
    • 5 stars

    I added a layer of cream cheese mixture ( 8oz cream cheese at room temperature, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract ) in between the bottom & top layer of French toast. I also used a squeeze bottle to apply egg mixture to bread. Worked fantastic. Increased bake time to 50 minutes.

    • Charlaine
    • 5 stars

    I made this about 10 days ago and made it again last night for this morning. It is so good!! We love French toast. My husband gave this 10 stars. Said it is what he would expect out of a top of the line restaurant. If any one is having a bunch over for breakfast this is the way to go. A serving of scrambled eggs on the side and guest will be very pleased for sure. Many people say it looks good- well, it is Good!! Left overs heat up great.

    • miljance93mommysup

    The recipe looks delicious! Perfect for Christmas lights atmosphere! 🙂

    • Nati

    I’m so doing this recipe ext weekend! Thank you! I^m sure everyone will love it!

      • chewoutloud

      You’re so welcome, Nati! Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

    • stacey

    Delicious and simple. It’s exactly how I like my Sunday brunch.

    • Misty Nelson — Frosted Events
    • 5 stars

    This sounds so tasty! I love French Toast, and I love how easy this sounds like it is to make. I might try this for the holidays.

    • Choryene
    • 5 stars

    French toast is my forever favorite and will definitely try to make this recipe for my kids I am sure they will like it.

    • Hello BoundforSomewhere

    oh oh oh!! This looks so delicious!

    • Annette, 3 Little Buttons
    • 5 stars

    Yum! I’d forgotten how much I love French toast until I saw your recipe. I’ve not heard of leaving it sat over night before. This must make the flavours much richer than cooking right away I expect? Delicious!

    • em

    Omg I was just thinking I need to make some ! Perfect timing

    • Yeah Lifestyle

    Now this sounds like a breakfast dish I certainly need to try! I just know my kids would really enjoy this and I love that you can make ahead of time

    • Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl)

    Looks very delicious! Nomnomnom! making me feel hungry from just looking

    • kumamonjeng
    • 5 stars

    I love how this french toast can be seave for my breakfast. Hoping my family love it and I can do it once a week.

    • Christa Anne
    • 5 stars

    Texas French Toast Casserole? I love everything about that combination of words. This is the absolute perfect Sunday morning breakfast. I can’t wait to try t!

    • Jasmine – LoveLifeLaughMotherhood
    • 5 stars

    i’m really curious to try the texas french toast casserole! it sounds really good!

    • Sydney | A World in Reach

    I shouldn’t have read this while I’m hungry! This looks so good and now I have an intense craving for french toast haha

    • Deanna
    • 5 stars

    I just cannot say no to french toast and wow texas sized toast brings it to a whole nother level!

Get our free email series: 5 Easy Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less

Plus our newest recipes each week