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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

    • Sue

    This was so easy to make and absolutely delicious!!! I made it Christmas morning breakfast and everyone was asking for the recipe. A total keeper.

      • chewoutloud

      It’s one of my all-time favorite holiday breakfasts! So glad you liked it, Sue 🙂

    • Juliana

    I made this recipe for mother’s day and it was such a big hit! My stepdad begged me to make it again for father’s day. I couldn’t find texas toast so I used challah and it was absolutely delicious. I didn’t exactly weigh out how much bread I used but I just cut the pieces to cover the whole pan.

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Juliana! Thanks for checking in and letting me know. So fun to hear you guys liked it 🙂

    • GrandmaJ

    could not get ‘print’ version – did not work
    waste too many sheets printing the whole recipe

      • Liz

      Do a copy & paste of the recipe. I got it on one (1) sheet of paper.

        • Laura

        for some reason, I couldn’t even copy and paste it.

      • cscusack

      There is no Texas Toast here in NYC (not by me anyway) unless you’re talking about the frozen cheesy Italian bread ;D

      Can I use Challah? Maybe reduce some of the liquid so it doesn’t get soggy? What do you think?

        • chewoutloud

        You could sure give it a whirl! If I didn’t have Texas Toast around, I would probably try another thick bread, too. Challah is thick, so it might be able to soak up the liquid nicely. I’d try it and try to keep the ratios the same (about 28 oz of bread with original liquid amounts) – sometimes, if there is too little liquid, it could taste dry. Good luck 🙂

          • cscusack

          Thanks! I’m going to try it for a Girl’s Brunch in April. I’ll let you know how it works out 😀

            • chewoutloud

            If you use a less dense bread than Texas Toast, I’d recommend not soaking overnight perhaps. This recipe is really meant for Texas Toast slices, since they are so thick and dense, and soak up the custard beautifully 🙂

              • Michelle

              Hello, 🙂 What do you mean exactly by “custard” I noticed that in the directions that you described something that way but you don’t have directions to make a “custard”… Please clarify. 🙂

                • chewoutloud

                Hi, Michelle! Great question. The custard just refers to the wet egg/milk mixture, which is often referred to as a custard. Hope you enjoy this, and thanks for coming over today 🙂

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