Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

This is one of those recipes that is super for a last minute meal. When we were out shopping a few days before I made this I picked up a loaf of Italian style bakery bread (the big oval loaves) and left it out on the counter to dry for a day or two. I find I like this casserole a bit better if the bread is slightly tough. It seems to soak up the eggy batter better and not be as mushy as some French toast casseroles.

Verdict: This is a recipe you kind of have to do by feel. Make sure there are enough eggs and milk to soak into the bread but not too much to drown the bread and be all eggs. As you pour the egg mixture over the top you can tell if you have enough if the bread looks like it is soaking it in.

This is a sweet cinnamon roll type of breakfast casserole that is also great for dinner or brunch. We serve this with a side of fruit salad for dinner.

Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 loaf of bakery Italian bread, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 7 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
  • 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar, for topping
  • butter and syrup for toppings, as desired

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Butter a 13×9 inch baking pan.
  2. In a sauce pan over medium heat melt the butter. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved and mixture is smooth. Pour mixture into the bottom of a 9×13 pan and spread evenly.
  3. Over the top of the brown sugar/butter mixture add the bread cubes.
  4. In a bowl beat together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon until fluffy. Pour egg mixture over the top of bread cubes, insuring that all pieces of bread are coated. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and brown sugar.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes until top is golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to set for 3-5 minutes before cutting. Serve hot.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. bernlag says:

    This would be a good Easter Morning breakfast. Something delicious after the egg hunt.

    Liked by 4 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yes! A nice sweet treat!

      Liked by 2 people

  2. Who doesn’t love cinnamon toast? It was the first food my Home Economics teacher taught us. 👏🍂

    Liked by 3 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yes! My kids (and me!) still love sprinkling cinnamon sugar over their hot buttered toast!

      Liked by 3 people

  3. Erika says:

    Gosh, you really inspired me. I love French Toast and will put it on the menu for one of the coming dinners.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you, Erika. I love the sweet cinnamon toast flavor of this one. Hope you like it!

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Erika says:

        Cannot wait to make it 😋

        Liked by 2 people

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thanks!!!

      Liked by 1 person

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