This overnight French toast casserole recipe is ideal for holidays and special occasions, because it is made the day before. It only takes about 15 minutes to assemble the casserole, then chill it the refrigerator overnight, and bake it the next day. What really sets this recipe apart from the rest is the sweet crumb topping. If you really have a sweet tooth, double the topping! It's decadent, but divine.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
refrigeration time: 8 hours
Total Time: 9 hours, 15 minutes
Yield: 8-12 servings
- 1 loaf cinnamon raisin bread
- 8 large eggs
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 cup half and half
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Walnut Streusel Topping:
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/3 cup butter, cut into chunks
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish (compare prices).
- Cut cinnamon bread into 1-inch chunks. Place in the baking dish, making two layers.
- Whisk together eggs, milk, half and half, cinnamon and vanilla. Pour over bread, pressing to coat the bread well. Cover with foil, and refrigerate overnight.
- Remove the casserole from refrigerator. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and flour together. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender (compare prices) or two knives. Stir in chopped walnuts. Scatter the topping over the casserole.
- Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour. If you prefer a softer, more custard-like French toast, bake the casserole for 45 minutes. If you like a crunchier, more toasted texture, bake it for 1 hour.
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