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This simple French Toast Bake is the easy way to make overnight French toast for the family. Top with fresh berries and a delicious fruit syrup for the ultimate holiday breakfast or brunch.

platter with Overnight French Toast Bake topped with fresh berries

The holidays might look a little different this year but this easy french toast bake topped with delicious fruit syrup is still the perfect breakfast solution. Whether you’re feeding a house full of people or just close family this breakfast casserole is an easy way to make french toast for everyone without spending your whole morning standing over the stove.

Make it the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator.. When you wake up it’s ready to pop in the oven. The heavenly smell of french toast casserole will have everyone up and ready for breakfast in no time.

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ingredients need to make Overnight French Toast Bake

What You’ll Need

  • French Bread – We used about 1 and a half loaves of French bread which is approximately 24 ounces. The weight doesn’t need to be exact it’s just an estimate to help ensure you are getting the right size loaf.
  • Eggs – You can’t make french toast without breaking a few eggs!
  • Whole Milk & Heavy Cream – You’ll use a combination of whole milk and rich heavy cream whipped together with the eggs to soak and bind your bread together. It makes a deliciously creamy french toast!
  • Salt & Vanilla Extract – Just a little pinch of salt and a good dollop of vanilla brings out the flavors in this simple dish.
  • Fresh Fruit – You can use any fresh fruit but some that work the best are bananas, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries.
  • Signature SELECT™ Fruit Syrup Raspberry, Signature SELECT™ Fruit Syrup Strawberry, or Signature SELECT™ Fruit Syrup Blueberry – Pick just one or mix and match all three flavors along with real fruit. I love having all three of them available, especially when I’m serving this at a brunch, that way people can choose their favorite flavor.
fruit syrup jars from Safeway

It’s All About the Toppings

Using a variety of Signature SELECT Fruit Syrups instead of the traditional maple syrup takes this simple french toast bake to the next level. My personal favorite is Signature SELECT Fruit Syrup Strawberry but my kids love the Signature SELECT Fruit Syrup Blueberry.

Whichever one you choose you can feel good about serving it to your family. They are all high quality, made with real fruit, and they are non-GMO. Seriously guys, you’re going to want to put these syrups on everything!

You can find these and other award-winning exclusive OWN brands like Signature SELECT, and Open Nature®O Organics® in store or online, at a value. I shopped at Safeway, but you can also find them at the Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons.

Safeway also offers Grocery Delivery and DriveUp & Go™ for convenient ways to shop! It is a lifesaver during the holidays. I place my order online and then pull up and my groceries are put in my trunk. It’s my FAVORITE way to grocery shop!

how to make Overnight French Toast Bake

How to Make French Toast Bake

Prepare the bread. Cut bread into large cubes (about 1-1.5 inch cubes).

Mix your liquids. In a bowl mix together the  eggs, milk, heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract. Whisk together until fully combined. Set aside.

Soak Bread. Place the bread cubes in a greased 9×13 inch casserole dish and pour the egg mixture over the bread making sure to moisten all of it. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.

Bake. When ready to bake remove the casserole from the refrigerator, take off the plastic wrap, and let it stand while you preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Once preheated place the casserole in the oven and bake for 45 – 55 minutes. When the casserole has finished baking remove from oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes.

Add your toppings. Serve with fresh fruit and your choice of Signature SELECT Fruit Syrup Raspberry, Signature SELECT Fruit Syrup Strawberry, or Signature SELECT Fruit Syrup Blueberry

black platter with Overnight French Toast Bake

Does French Toast Bake Have to Sit Overnight?

No. While you can totally make this french toast bake and let it sit overnight to save yourself some time in the morning you certainly don’t have to.

If you don’t have all night, or even 3 hours, to let this casserole sit in the refrigerator just combine your bread and the egg and milk mixture according to the recipe and then gently press down on the bread to help it absorb more of the liquid. Don’t press it flat or anything, you don’t want to mash the bread together, but press down lightly and then let it spring back a little.

Let it sit for at least 30 minutes and then bake. You’ll have a delicious french toast and no one will be the wiser.

Overnight French Toast Bake on a plate

How to Store It

If you manage to have any leftovers (it rarely happens in my house) you can store this casserole in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

When you are ready to reheat microwave for 1-2 minutes or place in the oven at 300 degrees F for 7-10 minutes or until warmed through. The oven method will dry it out more than a simple reheat in the microwave but a little extra syrup on top and it’s still delicious!

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Servings: 10
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 55 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins

Overnight French Toast Bake

This simple French Toast Bake is the easy way to make overnight French toast for the family. Top with fresh berries and a delicious fruit syrup for the ultimate holiday breakfast or brunch.

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces French Bread
  • 6 large Eggs
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Signature SELECT™ Fruit Syrups, blueberry, raspberry, or strawberry
  • Fresh fruit, blueberries, strawberries, and/or raspberries

Instructions

  • Cut bread into large cubes (about 1-1.5 inch cubes).
  • In a bowl mix together the eggs, milk, heavy cream, salt, and vanilla extract. Whisk together until fully combined. Set aside.
  • Place the bread cubes in a greased 9×13 inch casserole dish and pour the egg mixture over the bread making sure to moisten all of it.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
  • When ready to bake remove the casserole from the refrigerator, take off the plastic wrap, and let it stand while you preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Once preheated place the casserole in the oven and bake for 45 – 55 minutes.
  • When the casserole has finished baking remove from oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve with additional fresh fruit and your choice of Signature SELECT™ Fruit Syrups

Notes

Note: Fruit syrup and fresh fruits are not included in the nutritional information. 

Nutrition

Calories: 352kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 149mg, Sodium: 451mg, Potassium: 211mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 591IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 117mg, Iron: 3mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: french toast bake, french toast casserole, overnight french toast