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Easy French Toast Casserole

This easy french toast casserole is a tasty holiday breakfast/brunch! It's quick to prepare & there's no need for overnight chilling - perfect for a crowd.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 55 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 136kcal
Author: Yumna Jawad

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf 1 pound sourdough, brioche or challah, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 eggs slightly beaten
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Topping

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 13 x 9 in. baking dish.
  • Place the bread cubes in the greased baking dish; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, greek yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Pour evenly over the bread cubes. Use a spoon to carefully coat all the bread cubes with the batter.
  • Top the french toast with the chopped pecans. Then pour the maple syrup over the pecans and sprinkle the cinnamon.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. If top starts browning too quickly, loosely cover with foil for the last 10 minutes to prevent the casserole from drying out.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes to cool. Serve with maple syrup if desired.

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Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.
Reheating Instructions: You can reheat individual slices in the microwave the next day. However, the best way to reheat  it is to pop it back in the oven at is to bake it in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes. This will warm through the french toast and add a crisp to the top again.
Make Ahead Tips: You can make the batter up to 24 hours ahead of time. You can also prepare the entire dish in advance if you have very thick and crusty bread that will hold up to being soaked for hours. 
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However you can use any milk of choice and you can remove the nuts or substitute with a different kind.
Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate only. It will vary based on the specific ingredients used. This nutrition label assumes that the french toast casserole has 12 servings.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 158mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 225IU | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 0.6mg