With all of the hustle and bustle around the holidays, the last thing I want to worry about is what we are having for breakfast on Christmas morning. This is especially true when you have extra guests coming over to enjoy breakfast with you and your family.

Farm fresh brown eggs make this meal extra special
Farm fresh brown eggs make this meal extra special

This take on a classic morning meal, French Toast, requires you to only spend a few minutes the night before preparing the dish, and in the morning, all you have to do is put it in the oven.  This time saving dish will allow you to spend those quality moments with your family rather than spending it in the kitchen.

If you prefer an overnight breakfast casserole that is egg based, check out another favorite recipe from Old World Garden: Overnight Breakfast Casserole.  Or if you are craving an easy to make sweet roll recipe – Our Monkey Bread Recipe is also delicious and easy to prepare!

Overnight French Toast Casserole

Ingredients:

Mix melted butter and brown sugar for a sweet addition to the french toast
Mix melted butter and brown sugar for a sweet addition to the french toast

1/4 cup (4 Tablespoons) butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar -packed
1 loaf of Texas Toast or French bread-sliced into 1 1/2 inches thick slices
8 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon salt

optional
1/2 cup pecans
powdered sugar for topping
maple syrup (is that really optional?)

Instructions:

Layer bread in the pan and pour egg mixture over the bread to soak it.
Layer bread in the pan and pour egg mixture over the bread to soak it.

1. In a small sauce pan melt the butter

2. Remove from heat and add brown sugar

3. Pour mixture on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish

4. Arrange slices of bread in the baking dish overlapping if necessary

5. In a medium bowl – lightly beat eggs and add milk, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and ginger and pour evenly over the bread slices

6. If desired, chop pecans and sprinkle over bread slices

7. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight (between 4-12 hours)

8. In the morning, take the casserole out of the fridge and rest at room temperature for at least 10 minutes

9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

10. Bake casserole for 30-35 minutes. *If the top begins to brown too much, lightly cover with aluminum foil.

Once removed from oven and cooling, sprinkle powder sugar on top and drizzle with maple syrup
Once removed from oven and cooling, sprinkle powder sugar on top and drizzle with maple syrup

Remove casserole from oven and let it cool slightly before serving, adding a dusting of powdered sugar and maple syrup if desired.

Enjoy!

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Overnight French Toast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar -packed
  • 1 loaf of Texas Toast or French bread-sliced into 1 1/2 inches thick slices
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Optional

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • powdered sugar for topping
  • maple syrup is that really optional?

Instructions

  1. In a small sauce pan melt the butter
  2. Remove from heat and add brown sugar
  3. Pour mixture on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish
  4. Arrange slices of bread in the baking dish overlapping if necessary
  5. In a medium bowl - lightly beat eggs and add milk, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, and ginger and pour evenly over the bread slices
  6. If desired, chop pecans and sprinkle over bread slices
  7. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight (between 4-12 hours)
  8. In the morning, take the casserole out of the fridge and rest at room temperature for at least 10 minutes
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Bake casserole for 30-35 minutes. *If the top begins to brown too much, lightly cover with aluminum foil.
  11. Remove casserole from oven and let it cool slightly before serving, adding a dusting of powdered sugar and maple syrup if desired.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

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