Syrup on the Bottom French Toast Casserole


This is a make ahead brunch dish that makes its own syrup. Since it's made the day before, it's the perfect holiday recipe!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
9 hrs 10 mins
1 9x13-inch casserole


  • 1 ½ cups dark brown sugar

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter

  • 6 tablespoons light corn syrup

  • ½ cup whole milk

  • teaspoon salt

  • 1 (1 pound) loaf challah bread, cut into 1/2-inch slices

  • 2 ½ cups whole milk

  • 4 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon


  1. Lightly grease a 9x13-inch casserole dish.

  2. Combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, 1/2 cup whole milk, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a saucepan over medium heat; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved and syrup is smooth, about 5 minutes. Pour syrup into the prepared casserole dish.

  3. Arrange bread slices atop the syrup layer in the casserole dish.

  4. Whisk 2 1/2 cups milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl; pour milk mixture over bread. Cover casserole dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove plastic wrap from casserole dish.

  6. Mix white sugar and cinnamon together in a small bowl; sprinkle mixture over casserole. Cover casserole with aluminum foil.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and continue baking until casserole is cooked through and eggs are set, 25 to 30 minutes. The casserole will be syrupy, but should thicken as it cools.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

382 Calories
17g Fat
50g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 382
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 320mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 50g 18%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 8g
Calcium 136mg 10%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 183mg 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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