With just 5 ingredients and a hands-off baking method, this French Toast casserole is special enough for holidays and easy enough for weekdays. You can add any fruit you like (I’m partial to berries) and use up leftover bread as needed, too. It’s rich and so delicious!

baked french toast casserole recipe on countertop with berries.

French Toast Casserole

Full disclosure: I started making this recipe when I had a lot of leftover crusts from kids sandwiches and Uncrustables that I didn’t want to go to waste. I popped them into the freezer in a freezer bag until I had enough, then in just a few minutes, this breakfast casserole is ready to go into the oven.

I love (so very much) how this is such a perfect way to use up all types of bread you may have and that you can customize the fruits you add according to the season or personal preferences.

Leftover crust in freezer bag ready for baked french toast casserole
My leftover bread stash

This has all of the best flavor and texture from French Toast, but you can put it into the oven and go about your business. It’s an easy way to feed yourself, your family, or to share as part of a holiday breakfast or brunch.

You can even bake it ahead of time and simply reheat it when you’re ready to eat.

And the best part might be that you can add whichever fruit you happen to have or love most. I love making this with frozen berries, but it’s really so versatile.

Ingredients You Need

Here’s a look at what you need to make this recipe so you know what to plan on having ready:

Ingredients on counter for baked french toast casserole
  • Bread: This works with all kinds of bread from sliced sandwich to artisanal loaves or French bread. A little stale is better and white or wheat both work. You can even use bread that’s been frozen.
  • Eggs: Eggs add a lot of richness to the mixture, so we use half a dozen.
  • Milk or heavy cream: Either of these work. I prefer whole milk if using milk. You can swap in a nondairy milk if needed or use canned coconut milk (which also has a lot of richness, which works well here.)
  • Vanilla extract: This adds extra flavor so use it if you can.
  • Cinnamon: I love the flavor of cinnamon in French toast, so I add a nice amount.
  • Fruit: This recipe works with a wide range of fruits such as fresh or frozen blueberries, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, or diced peaches. You can experiment to see what your family prefers.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Below is a preview of the steps involved in this recipe so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the end of the post for the full specifics.

Step by step instructions on how to make baked french toast casserole
  1. Add the eggs, milk or cream, vanilla, and cinnamon to a bowl or large measuring cup Whisk to combine thoroughly. You want to beat in the eggs so they’re well-combined with the milk.
  2. Cut up the bread with a knife or kitchen scissors and add it a greased pan.
  3. Pour the egg mixture over the bread and stir very well to coat the bread. There may be a little mixture left in the pan, but the bread will absorb it as it bakes.
  4. Add the fruit to the top of the bread, pressing down a little. Cover with foil and bake, removing the foil halfway through. The foil helps to trap in the heat to cook the French toast well without the risk of over-browning the top.

This bakes for about 40 minutes and can be served warm out of the oven, or left to cool and served more at room temperature. It’s a great option for Mother’s Day brunch (in addition to our Raspberry Muffins) given how versatile it is.

baked french toast casserole in pan on counter.

Serving Suggestions

This baked French Toast is great with a drizzle of maple syrup and a dollop of yogurt. I love it with plain yogurt (regular or Greek) or lemon yogurt, which adds such a nice tanginess.

Other toppings you might like include nut butter, whipped cream, or additional fruit.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep French toast casserole from getting soggy?

Using slightly stale bread can help since the bread has less moisture and more room to absorb liquid.

How long can you leave French toast casserole in the fridge?

Once baked, you can cover and store for up to 5 days. Reheat to serve warm.

Baked french toast casserole with strawberries and yogurt on kids plate

How to Store

Store leftovers wrapped in foil or transferred to an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Warm to serve. You can also freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 6 months.

You can bake up to 2 days ahead, let cool, and cover. Then store in the fridge until ready to serve. Warm it briefly in the microwave, let it sit at room temperature for a bit so it’s not super cold, or pop it into a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes to warm through.

Best Tips for Success

  • Serve warm topped with maple syrup, yogurt, or whipped cream.
  • Use sandwich bread, artisanal bread, or French bread. It’s a little better texture-wise if the bread is somewhat stale.
  • Save crusts cut off from the kids sandwiches or leftover bread in a freezer bag until you have enough to make this recipe.
  • Use fresh or frozen fruit as you like.
  • Double the recipe to bake in a 9×13-inch pan. It may need 4-6 minutes longer to bake through in the center.
  • Dairy-free: Use nondairy milk or canned coconut milk instead of the milk or cream.
  • Egg-free: Use 1 ¼ cups ripe bananas pureed in the blender in place of the eggs.
  • Gluten-free: Use a favorite gluten-free bread.

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Baked french toast casserole with fruit and plates on white counter top

Baked French Toast Casserole Recipe

Learn how to make the easiest French toast casserole with this simple method. It works with any fruit and is a great option for using up leftover bread!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 571kcal
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 6 cups diced bread (sandwich or artisanal, stale is better)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup milk or heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup fruit (such as fresh or frozen blueberries, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, or diced peaches)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease an 8×8-inch baking pan with nonstick spray or butter.
  • Add the eggs, milk or cream, vanilla, and cinnamon to a bowl. Whisk to combine thoroughly.
  • Add the bread to the pan.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the bread and stir very well to coat the bread. You want it to all look very moist.
  • Add the fruit to the top of the bread, pressing down a little.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Serve warm with maple syrup, yogurt, whipped cream, or other desired toppings.

Notes

  • Store leftovers wrapped in foil or transferred to an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Warm to serve.
  • Serve warm topped with maple syrup, yogurt, or whipped cream.
  • Use sandwich bread, artisanal bread, or French bread. It’s a little better texture-wise if the bread is somewhat stale.
  • Save crusts cut off from the kids sandwiches in a freezer bag until you have enough to make this recipe.
  • Use fresh or frozen fruit as you like.
  • Double the recipe to bake in a 9×13-inch pan. It may need 4-6 minutes longer to bake through in the center.
  • Dairy-free: Use nondairy milk or canned coconut milk instead of the milk or cream.
  • Egg-free: Use 1 ¼ cups ripe bananas pureed in the blender instead of eggs.
  • Gluten-free: Use a favorite gluten-free bread.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 571kcal, Carbohydrates: 91g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 126mg, Sodium: 899mg, Potassium: 370mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 321IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 282mg, Iron: 7mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Perfect for cinnamon raisin bread end pieces I had stashed in the freezer! This was a nice dinner change of pace – you have great ideas, as always…

  2. 5 stars
    So so delicious! Made ours with fresh blueberries. Tastes just like normal French toast without the extra work. This will definitely be added into the rotation!