Overnight Caramel French Toast Casserole


Overnight Caramel French Toast Casserole – EASY, soft, tender, and decadent French toast that’s coated in caramel sauce!! Assemble it the night before and wake up to an amazing breakfast or brunch that everyone will ADORE!!

Overnight Caramel French Toast Casserole - EASY, soft, tender, and decadent French toast that's coated in caramel sauce!! Assemble it the night before and wake up to an amazing breakfast or brunch that everyone will ADORE!!

How Does The Overnight French Toast Casserole Taste

This is possibly my new favorite French toast casserole and my recipe for Overnight Syrup-On-The-Bottom French Toast is hard to top.

This French toast is delicate and tender on the inside, with a touch of firmness on the outer exposed edges. If you like French toast that has a lot of chewiness and is very hearty, this is not that. Like buttah is how I would describe the texture.

The star of the show though is the layer of caramel sauce. It creates itself in the pan when you bake the French toast – love that.

I love this recipe because you assemble it the night before and so when you wake up the next day all you have to do is put it in the oven which is a big win when you’re possibly half asleep, hungover, or are making this for guests for brunch and have other things to tend to. 

Overnight Caramel French Toast Casserole - EASY, soft, tender, and decadent French toast that's coated in caramel sauce!! Assemble it the night before and wake up to an amazing breakfast or brunch that everyone will ADORE!!

How To Make The Overnight French Toast

Mix together melted butter with brown sugar and scatter that in the bottom of your baking or casserole dish. This is what turns into the caramel sauce as the French toast bakes.

Mix together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, and add one pound of cubed French bread to the mixture.

Do not use regular bread from an average loaf of bread. It’s too thin, not hearty enough, and will disintegrate. I used day old French bread but even my day old bread was still very soft and tender and I was a bit worried it would be mushy after an overnight stint in the egg and milk mixture, but it was fine.

Make sure you cut your bread into cubes about 1 to 1 1/2-inches. It’s okay if they look a little big at first. Remember they will appear to ‘shrink’ as they absorb the liquid mixture. Cubes that are initially too small tend to turn mushy and disintegrate.

Cover the casserole dish with foil or plasticwrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or up to 12 hours overnight.

When you’re ready to bake, uncover it, bake it off, and immediately after baking, invert the casserole dish over a large serving platter so that the caramel sauce that was on the bottom of the casserole dish is now on top. It’s so beautiful to see all that glistening caramel.

If you’re gluttonous like I am when it comes to French toast, you can either add additional prepared or homemade salted caramel sauce and/or maple syrup. Neither are necessary but I did drizzle the top with salted caramel sauce and loved every juicy bite.

Overnight Caramel French Toast Casserole - EASY, soft, tender, and decadent French toast that's coated in caramel sauce!! Assemble it the night before and wake up to an amazing breakfast or brunch that everyone will ADORE!!

Serving Ideas

This French toast is perfect for lazy weekend mornings, an easy-peasy brunch since you can preassemble it, or for a special holiday breakfast celebration.

You’ll thank yourself the next morning that all you had to do was pop it in the oven and anyone you serve it to will thank you, too.

Overnight Caramel French Toast Casserole - EASY, soft, tender, and decadent French toast that's coated in caramel sauce!! Assemble it the night before and wake up to an amazing breakfast or brunch that everyone will ADORE!!

Favorite French Toast Recipes:

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  • Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Breakfast Bake – Easy, make-ahead French toast that’s perfect for winter weekends or Christmas morning! Easy, no-flipping-required recipe!
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  • Croissant French Toast – Soft, tender, and so buttery it just melts in your mouth! Fast, easy, and a breakfast worth waking up for!
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Overnight Caramel French Toast Casserole - EASY, soft, tender, and decadent French toast that's coated in caramel sauce!! Assemble it the night before and wake up to an amazing breakfast or brunch that everyone will ADORE!!

Overnight Caramel French Toast Casserole – EASY, soft, tender, and decadent French toast that’s coated in caramel sauce!! Assemble it the night before and wake up to an amazing breakfast or brunch that everyone will ADORE!!

Overnight Caramel French Toast Casserole

Overnight Caramel French Toast Casserole

Overnight Caramel French Toast Casserole – EASY, soft, tender, and decadent French toast that’s coated in caramel sauce!! Assemble it the night before and wake up to an amazing breakfast or brunch that everyone will ADORE!!

Yield: 8

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Additional Time
1 hour
Total Time
1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I prefer 2% or whole)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 pound French bread, diced in 1 to 1 1/2-inch cubes (I used day old)
  • caramel or salted caramel sauce, optional for serving
  • maple syrup, optional for serving

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9×13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a medium bowl, add the melted butter, brown sugar, and stir to combine. Mixture will have the consistency of wet sand. Scatter this mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan. You will not have complete coverage; set pan aside.
  3. To a large bowl, add the eggs, and lightly beat to break the yolks and combine.
  4. Add the milk, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and whisk to combine.
  5. Add the bread to the bowl and toss well, but lightly, with a spatula to evenly coat the bread in the egg-milk mixture.
  6. Turn bread out into the prepared pan, cover pan, and place it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or up to 12 hours overnight.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F and remove pan from the fridge while oven is preheating. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the caramel sauce underneath is lightly bubbling and the top of the bread is slightly crusted over and lightly browned.
  8. Immediately after you take the casserole dish out of the oven, place a very large serving platter over the casserole dish and invert it so the casserole ‘plops’ out onto the serving platter. Use caution since the casserole dish is hot and heavy.
  9. Using a spatula, scrape any caramel sauce from the baking dish onto the French toast casserole.
  10. Optionally, if desired, lightly drizzle extra caramel or salted caramel sauce over the top, and/or lightly drizzle maple syrup, and serve immediately. Recipe is best warm and fresh.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 503 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 197mg Sodium: 748mg Carbohydrates: 89g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 56g Protein: 14g

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