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French Toast Bake

This scrumptious French Toast Bake is golden delicious, with the best caramelized bottom layer. Everyone asks for this recipe, so here it is. Easy, make-ahead, and a crowd pleaser every time.

Note: Updated instructions and photos can be found at this Texas French Toast Casserole Recipe

Texas French Toast Casserole

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French Toast Bake

  • What makes this French Toast Bake superb is the use of a fresh loaf (not frozen) of Texas Toast, in place of regular sliced bread.
  • If you aren’t familiar with Texas Toast, it is typically found in the sliced bread aisle of grocery stores, and the thing about it is… well, it’s Texas-sized.
  • It looks like white bread, sliced extra thick and made extra dense.  If you use a less dense bread, the results will not be the same.

Baked Texas French Toast

Use the right kind of bread

I usually buy whole-grain bread, so it’s something special for me to reach for this white enriched sandwich bread.  Though whole-grain  bread has come a long way in texture and flavor, the fluffy white slices above brought me back to my childhood.

Be sure you’re using the fresh sliced bread; not the frozen Texas toast. The right bread makes all the difference here.

It’s hard not to cheat and eat the bread straight out of the bag.  Just remember that you’ll need to use almost the entire loaf for the French Toast Bake, so try. Just try.

Baked Texas French Toast

Key Recipe Ingredients

This Texas French Toast Casserole is something that will easily go on your family’s list of favorites.

  • Butter and brown sugar meld together to create the best caramelized bottom layer.
  • 1 entire loaf of Texas Toast fresh sliced bread (Not frozen. Don’t use other breads.)
  • Eggs, milk, and vanilla extract make up the custard that soaks into the bread.
French Toast Casserole

Step-By-Step Recipe Instructions

  1. 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 Pour into bottom of a greased 9×13 pan, spreading mixture evenly.
  2. Beat eggs, milk, and vanilla until incorporated. Set aside.
  3. Lay a single layer of Texas Toast in pan, cutting pieces to fit if needed. Spoon 1 cup of egg mixture evenly over bread. Sprinkle with half of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Repeat with second layer, using up the rest of egg mixture over that layer, and ending with a sprinkling of brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Try to get the custard evenly soaked into the bread slices.
  4. Cover tightly and chill overnight in fridge.
  5. Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes on lower middle rack — covered for the first 30 minutes, and uncovered after that. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Be sure to scrape up all the bottom sticky goodness. If desired, serve with pure maple syrup.

Assemble This the Night Before

This is one of the most ideal, no-fuss offerings for brunch on Christmas, New Years, or any weekend morning.  It’s simple to assemble the night before.

Wake up late the next morning, pop it in the oven, and give your family a carefree smile.  My family loves anything French Toast-ish, and they flipped for this one.

Devoured the whole pan the same day.  I’m talking no leftovers, not even a few crumbs.

French Toast Bake

What to Serve With French Toast

Eggs, Bacon, and Sausage

Potatoes

Fruit

Jams, Butters, Yogurt

Oatmeal

Toppings

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Baked Texas French Toast

Texas French Toast Bake

4.62 from 195 ratings
This Texas French Toast Bake will knock your morning socks off! Everyone who’s tasted this has wanted the recipe, so we put it here and hope you enjoy it as much as our friends/family all do! Be sure to use a nice, thick, fresh loaf of thickly sliced Texas French Toast bread. (In fresh bread aisles, not frozen.)
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10
Author: Amy Dong

Ingredients  

  • ½ cup melted butter, 1 stick
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 entire loaf, 1 lb, 12 oz Texas Toast fresh sliced bread (Not frozen. Don’t use other breads.)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cup whole milk
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • 2 TB light brown sugar, mixed with 2 tsp cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling
  • Real maple syrup for serving, if desired

Instructions

  • 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 Pour into bottom of a greased 9×13 pan, spreading mixture evenly.
  • Beat eggs, milk, and vanilla until incorporated. Set aside.
  • Lay a single layer of Texas Toast in pan, cutting pieces to fit if needed. Spoon 1 cup of egg mixture evenly over bread. Sprinkle with half of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Repeat with second layer, using up the rest of egg mixture over that layer, and ending with a sprinkling of brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Try to get the custard evenly soaked into the bread slices.
  • Cover tightly and chill overnight in fridge.
  • Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes on lower middle rack — covered for the first 30 minutes, and uncovered after that. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Be sure to scrape up all the bottom sticky goodness. If desired, serve with pure maple syrup.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 451IU | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American
Method: Bake

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133 comments

    • Kim Porter
    • 5 stars

    I was so excited when I found your recipe for French toast casserole!! All others call for some sort of bread, all torn up mixed in a custard. In my opinion that’s just bread pudding and not what I was looking for. I’ve made your recipe, as written more than a few times. It is even better than actual French toast. My family of six never leaves leftovers and I always wish I had made more. Well tonight I tripled the recipe so fingers crossed I’ll have leftovers so I can sneak some after they’re all in bed lol! Thank you for this delicious recipe.

    • Kim Towler

    Can this be done in a crockpot? I make this all the time…but need it to stay warm a couple hours after I leave the house. I really don’t want to try out a new recipe…but want this to stay warm for an after meeting brunch. Thanks!

      • Amy Dong

      Kim, I’d stick with the oven instructions for this recipe; I use something like this carrier for keeping my casseroles warm during my drive.

    • Carly

    Hi there! Planning to make this tomorrow! I was wondering- would it turn out okay if I used non dairy milk?

      • Amy Dong

      Yes, you can use non-dairy milk (if you can, choose a creamy option!)

    • Annette
    • 5 stars

    I made this today, and it was FABULOUS! I was kind of nervous, as I was having company for a Thanksgiving brunch, and I’ve never made anything like this. (I don’t cook much, to be honest.) Super easy! I followed the recipe exactly. My company and my husband loved it so much! I’m already looking forward to making it again for Christmas morning.

    One thing, I could not find Texas toast. There are two stores in my town where it is sold, and both were sold out. I kind of panicked, as I really wanted to make this, and the instructions are so specific about the Texas toast. I found a brioche bread by Sara Lee. The thickness of the slices is really close to Texas toast. The texture turned out to be similar. It turned out great. Thanks for a great, easy recipe.

      • Amy Dong

      You’re so welcome, Annette! Yay 🙂 🙂

        • Kristy Koch

        I forgot to make this the night before. What happens if I bake the same day?

        • Amy Dong

        You can totally do that, too, Kristy!

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