Cardamom French Toast Casserole


I love cardamom, and I thought I'd play with recipes featuring it. I came up with this one after having made cardamom braids, a Norwegian sweet bread. Cardamom braids are the best for this, but French bread or Italian bread will work, too.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
8 servings


  • 5 cups cubed stale firm white bread

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 ½ cups milk

  • ¾ teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 tablespoon ground cardamom, or more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 3 tablespoons milk, or as needed


  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x12-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. Place the bread cubes in the prepared dish. Sprinkle the pecans over the bread.

  3. Beat the eggs, 1 1/2 cup milk, almond extract, 1 tablespoon cardamom, cinnamon, and brown sugar together in a bowl until thoroughly combined; pour the mixture evenly over the bread cubes and pecans. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and allow the casserole to sit 15 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes; remove the aluminum foil and continue baking until the top is golden brown, another 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  5. Mix the confectioners' sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, and 3 tablespoons milk in a bowl with a fork until smooth; pour over the slightly cooled casserole to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

313 Calories
14g Fat
41g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 313
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 199mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 28g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 126mg 10%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 208mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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