Overnight Cinnamon Pecan French Toast Casserole

This Overnight Cinnamon Pecan French Toast Casserole is a cinch to whip up and insanely delicious – you’ll want to make it for every holiday and special occasion! 

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan French Toast Casserole | Creme de la Crumb

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my childhood was seriously lacking something. And that something was breakfast. I know I know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day – don’t worry my parents drilled that into me, I wasn’t neglected. It’s just that I really didn’t like breakfast. I wasn’t hungry in the morning and I really didn’t fancy breakfast food.

I can’t tell you how many times I ordered chicken strips at IHOP.

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan French Toast Casserole | Creme de la Crumb

It wasn’t until about three years ago that I really warmed up to the idea of breakfast. Now it’s a must. I’ve gotta have my Cheerios and almond milk at the very least, if not a tall stack of banana bread pancakes (yes, that happened) or a ginormous helping of cinnamon pecan french toast casserole smothered in maple syrup.

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan French Toast Casserole | Creme de la Crumb

But when it comes down to it, there is no time I love breakfast more than on holidays.

And tuesdays.

And when I’m wearing fuzzy socks.

But mostly on holidays.

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan French Toast Casserole | Creme de la Crumb

This french toast casserole is the perfect solution for holidays because you can make it the night before. Because who wants to get up early to make breakfast on Christmas?? Oh good, no one is raising their hand. That’s because NOBODY wants to be stressing about breakfast on Christmas morning. Because, ummmm Santa.

#enoughsaid

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan French Toast Casserole | Creme de la Crumb

So the night before Christmas (or the night before any morning you want to have the most scrumptious breakfast of your life – aka: every single day) you do the prep (seriously all of 15 minutes) and leave it in the fridge overnight. The next morning just pop it in the oven for 40ish minutes and voila! you have yourself the perfect crowd-pleasing breakfast.

That is the beauty of this overnight cinnamon pecan french toast casserole.

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan French Toast Casserole | Creme de la Crumb

Overnight Cinnamon Pecan French Toast Casserole

This overnight cinnamon pecan french toast casserole is a cinch to whip up and insanely delicious!!

Course Breakfast
Keyword brown sugar, french toast, pecan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 10 slices texas toast-style white bread
  • 2 cups 2 cups milk (I used fat free half and half)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Topping

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, chilled
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (I used Diamond of California)

Instructions

  1. Cut bread into 1 inch cubes and place in a greased 9x13 inch casserole dish.

  2. Prepare the topping by combining brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and whisking to distribute ingredients well. Cut butter into small cubes and add to dry ingredients. Mash in with a fork or pastry cutter. Stir in chopped pecans. Cover and place in fridge.

  3. In a medium bowl whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon. Pour over bread in the casserole dish. Cover and chill overnight.

  4. Next morning preheat oven to 350 degrees. Uncover topping bowl and casserole dish. Sprinkle topping over the soaked bread mixture. Bake uncovered for 35-45 minutes until golden and bread is baked through.

  5. Drizzle with syrup or sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm.

Recipe Notes

*Prep and cook times do not include overnight chilling time.

 

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Tiffany this looks fantastic! I still am not a huge breakfast eater. This french toast casserole would be something I would look forward to eating in the morning or for dessert!

Oh this looks amazing! Would love to make it for Christmas morning.

Questions from a non-American:
1) What exactly is texas toast-style white bread?
2) Since there’s a good chance I won’t be able to find it here, can I substitute other white bread? And if so, should it have a soft or crispy crust?

    It’s just like regular white bread except that it’s twice the thickness. Soft crust. Hope this helps!

      It does, thank you Janice!

      I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find texas toast white bread! Any suggestions for another type of bread that might work? Thanks so much!

        I ended up using a white bread that was sliced slightly thicker than normal, though probably not twice the thickness, and that worked just fine. Or maybe you could buy a loaf and slice it yourself?

        In any case, I hope you get to try this recipe because it’s really,really good.

          I’m glad that worked for you! I haven’t tried it yet. And since she said Texas toast style bread, I think she was just using it as a reference for thickness. Like another commenter, I think I’ve only seen the frozen garlic bread kind. So I knew what she meant, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen plain white bread of that thickness.

      Thank you, I was wondering about the Texas toast myself. I’ve seen it in the frozen section but it has garlic and cheese on it. Those are not ingredients that are listed in this recipe. But that is the only Texas toast I’ve seen. Maybe it’s the thickness of the bread and if so, then specify that, please.

        Texas toast is about double the thickness of regular sliced sandwich bread. Stores in my area (Texas) carry it in with other standard sliced breads in a bag on the shelf. HTH I have used French Bread (day old) with good results.

I don’t normally like french toast, but you had me at cinnamon pecan. This is a must try now!

    I hear ya, I’m usually a waffle person but this particular dish I can’t resist!

Can I use challah bread instead?

    Hi Bern, I haven’t used challah bread myself so I’m not sure how it will come out but I think as long as it is a soft bread that will soak up the milk/egg mixture then it could work.

Hi! Do you mean vanilla extract for the vanilla? Not sure if there is anything else you meant, just wanted to clarify, thanks!

    Hi Veronica – yes, it’s vanilla extract!

Wow! This looks great! Now I know what I will prepare for my husband this Christmas.

I made this for Christmas morning, and it was every bit as good as the picture suggested. It definitely belongs in that “special for Christmas” category – something everyone will look forward to all year. Thanks so much!

Does it matter what time the day before you make it, and should I let the bread get a little stale before I make it as well.

Made this for work, expecting six big eaters. I doubled the recipe. Not even half of it is gone, and my coworkers are ravenous eaters. I was afraid they hadn’t like it. They said they absolutely loved it, but it really is quite heavy. I am so impressed with this dish. I threw in a pint of blueberries before the topping. Love this!

Very good; however, I thought the prep took longer than 15 minutes – maybe because I don’t have a pastry cutter. Will definitely be making again!

Hi! Is it 2 cups of MILK or 4? It says 2 cups 2 cups. Thank you!

    Oops! My mistake- it should read 2 cups! 🙂

      Ok great thank you!