Ultimate Breakfast Casseroles – Part 3: The French Toast Casserole

So, if you have tried the Big Breakfast Casserole or Shannon’s Quiche Cups and want a changeup, here is a good alternative – the French Toast Casserole. It is a little sweeter and less savory but has plenty of eggs for protein. Everyone has a version of this recipe, but there is a reason for that.  It is very good and very easy to make. 

Serves:  12


  • 1 baguette, sliced about 1/2 inch thick
  • 8 eggs
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • For the topping
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 4 tbsp. butter


  1. Grease a 10” x 14” baking dish and carefully arrange the bread slices.  You should be able to get two layers with one baguette.
  2. Mix together eggs, milk, half and half, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon and pour over bread.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Let the dish warm to room temperature while the oven preheats.
  5. To prepare the topping, combine the brown sugar and flour in a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the sugar flour mixture.   With your fingers or a fork, cream butter into the flour-sugar mixture until it resembles oatmeal.  Mix in the walnuts and raisins and spread the topping over the bread and egg mixture. 
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 25 minutes or until golden brown and puffed up like a soufflé.
  7. Serve with maple syrup, jam or marmalade.  A cold glass of Sancerre can really add a pleasant touch.

If you have any left over, simply wrap in aluminum foil and store in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. You will be surprised at how good it tastes when reheated.

During the Holidays, this dish makes a great “Breakfast Appetizer”. Cut the casserole into 1″ x 3″ strips, put on a pretty plate and walk around the room and serve.

Categories: Classic American Dishes, Classic Breakfasts, Classic Recipes by Type, Holidays

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