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French Toast Casserole

February 18, 2019 (Last Updated: May 29, 2020)

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French Toast Casserole is a favorite breakfast of baked French Toast with blackberries. This breakfast casserole is perfect for weekend breakfast or brunch. 

French Toast Casserole with blackberries and topped with maple syrup.

What is a French Toast Casserole?

Think of all the goodness in a traditional French Toast. Throw it all together in a baking dish and bake and you’ve got French Toast Casserole. This is an easy way to serve a crowd for breakfast. 

I’ve added blackberries to this delicious breakfast to add even more delicious taste.

Ingredients for making French Toast Casserole.

Weekend breakfasts are a big deal in our house. We often have pancakes or waffles, banana muffins, or English muffin sandwiches. We love to eat breakfast! This baked French toast with blackberries was a huge hit with my kids! 

Ingredients needed:

  • French bread
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Blackberries

What fruit can I add?

I used frozen blackberries. You can also use fresh blackberries. Other fruit you could use include fresh or frozen blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, huckleberries, and peaches. Use the same amount of fruit called for in the recipe. 

If using frozen fruit, do not thaw fruit before using. 

French bread cut up for French Toast Casserole.

To make this breakfast casserole you’ll start with a loaf of French bread. The best is to use a day old loaf of bread, not a super fresh one. If your loaf is extra fresh, cut up the bread and let it sit out for a bit. 

You want these bread cubes just slightly stale or dry. This helps absorb the custard mixture a bit more without losing the texture of the bread. 

French Toast Casserole with blackberries in a baking dish ready to go into the oven.

Can I make this the night before?

Yes, you can make this an overnight French toast. I made this in the morning. You do want everything to rest for at least 30 minutes before baking so all the custard gets absorbed into the bread.

To make this the night before, follow directions in recipe. Add the mixture to a baking dish, cover and refrigerate overnight. 

Pull out casserole dish and let sit at room temperature while your oven is preheating. Increase baking time by 15 minutes. 

Baked French Toast Casserole topped with powdered sugar.

How long do you bake French Toast Casserole?

Baking time can vary depending on the size of your casserole dish. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes. Increase baking time by 15 minutes if casserole was refrigerated. 

To check if you casserole is done, look for browned tops and a set middle. Give the baking dish a little jiggle. If the center is wiggly, the custard hasn’t cooked through yet. Just pop in for another 5-10 minutes. 

 

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Blackberry French toast with syrup drizzling on top of the french toast.

Another delicious French Toast Bake is this Strawberry French Toast

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Delicious French Toast Casserole with blackberries and maple syrup.

French Toast Casserole

Kathy
Baked French Toast with blackberries
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 296 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf French Bread
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups blackberries

Topping

  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Cut bread into large pieces. 
  • In a large bowl combine eggs, milk vanilla, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Add bread and very lightly fold in so all pieces are covered with the mixture.
  • Let mixture rest for 30 minutes.
  • Fold in blackberries.
  • Pour mixture into a greased baking dish (9 x 12)
  • Sprinkle top with granulated sugar (optional)
  • Bake uncovered in a preheated 350 degree oven for 55-60 minutes.
  • Allow casserole to cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve. 

Notes

This recipe works best with an older loaf of bread. If yours is soft and fresh, just let the cut pieces dry slightly before adding to the custard mixture. 
 
Fresh or frozen berries can be used. If using frozen, do not thaw before adding. 
 
To check if casserole is cooked through, give the pan a little jiggle. If the center is wiggly, the custard isn't cooked. Pop back into the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 296kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 13gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 169mgSodium: 345mgPotassium: 263mgFiber: 3gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 415IUVitamin C: 7.6mgCalcium: 128mgIron: 2.8mg
Keyword Baked French Toast, French Toast Casserole, Overnight French Toast
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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Jackie
    March 27, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Hi Kathy
    If making this dish overnight, will I still be able to use frozen fruit since you suggest to not thaw the fruit if using frozen.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 28, 2020 at 5:50 am

      Hi Jackie,
      You can still use frozen fruit and make it ahead of time.
      Thanks for asking! 🙂
      Kathy

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    February 19, 2019 at 7:22 am

    5 stars
    Oh boy, this post just makes me happy! French toast is a long time favorite of mine! These flavors are the bomb!!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 20, 2019 at 5:13 am

      They are delicious!

  • Reply
    Fred G
    February 19, 2019 at 5:56 am

    5 stars
    Great breakfast or early lunch idea

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 20, 2019 at 5:13 am

      It’s perfect for weekend breakfast!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    February 19, 2019 at 5:22 am

    5 stars
    Heck yeah! I love a good French Toast Casserole, and the addition of blackberries here makes this one even better. I think my mouth is watering at the thought of making this casserole. Totally putting this one on my weekend agenda soon! Hope you’re digging out of the snow up there, my friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 20, 2019 at 5:13 am

      Still lots of snow! Staying warm by staying inside and baking!

  • Reply
    Stacey @ The Sugar Coated Cottage
    February 18, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Now this is a casserole that I could love! Your drip shot had me swooning. Yum! Take care.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 20, 2019 at 5:11 am

      Thanks, Stacey!

  • Reply
    Kelly | Foodtasia
    February 18, 2019 at 8:53 am

    5 stars
    Kathy, this looks so delicious! Love the crunchy bits on top and the berries! This would make a most wonderful breakfast!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 20, 2019 at 5:11 am

      It’s a great way to start the day!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 18, 2019 at 7:25 am

    5 stars
    We are always up for a french toast casserole at our house Kathy. And I love the added blackberries. I don’t think they get enough attention, and they’re so juicy and delicious! Pinned!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      February 20, 2019 at 5:10 am

      Let’s hear it for the blackberry!

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