A rich, fluffy French toast casserole that you can make the night before. Perfect for a crowd and easy to adapt to your own flavors.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
45 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
9 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Glaze:

Directions

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  • Spray a 9 X 13-inch pan with cooking spray.

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  • Spread half of the French bread cubes onto the bottom of the 9x 13 pan. Sprinkle with half of the raisins. Cover with remaining bread cubes. Sprinkle remaining raisins on top.

  • Mix eggs, 3 cups Lactaid® whole milk, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, white sugar, and vanilla together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until ingredients are well blended, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour over bread mixture in pan.

  • Gently press down bread so it is slightly covered by the liquid. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator overnight.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Remove plastic from casserole and place in the oven. Bake uncovered until set and top is golden brown, about 45 minutes.

  • Whisk powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, maple syrup, and 1 tablespoon Lactaid® milk together in a bowl. If too think, add a bit more milk. Glaze should be thick but liquid enough to drizzle.

  • Drizzle glaze over warm casserole. Allow glaze to thicken and set before serving, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

One large loaf of French bread should yield about 9 cups (packed) bread cubes.

This would also be great as a cranberry orange casserole. Leave out raisins and substitute with dried cranberries. Reduce cinnamon to 1/2 teaspoon and add 2 teaspoons orange zest to custard. Glaze – leave out cinnamon and substitute orange juice for maple syrup.

Nutrition Facts

450 calories; protein 16.6g 33% DV; carbohydrates 77.2g 25% DV; fat 9.2g 14% DV; cholesterol 199.6mg 67% DV; sodium 490.5mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
07/26/2016
I've never tried making a breakfast casserole before so this was a new experience for me! When I attempted the recipe I made it a little too thick and if I were to attempt this again I would certainly use a smaller pan size and I would possibly cook it longer. But the flavors were all great! I reheated some this morning for breakfast before work in my toaster oven and sprinkled some sugar on it and that made it even better. What I liked the most about it was that I couldn't even tell there wasn't any "real" milk in it! Lactaid was a great substitute here and made for a very good recipe. While it wasn't my favorite thing I've ever made with some tweaks I think I'd gladly make it again. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2016
All four of my family members really enjoyed this for breakfast-supper tonight. The glaze on top was delicious. I had to cut down the bread slightly (I could not get it to all fit into the pan it called for) but otherwise it cooked up great. Definitely cook it until its done all the way through else you'll end up with an eggy taste (that was on my end for pulling it out too soon - impatient!) My husband said he'd love for me to prepare this again (although I may try it without the raisins):) Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/26/2016
I've never tried making a breakfast casserole before so this was a new experience for me! When I attempted the recipe I made it a little too thick and if I were to attempt this again I would certainly use a smaller pan size and I would possibly cook it longer. But the flavors were all great! I reheated some this morning for breakfast before work in my toaster oven and sprinkled some sugar on it and that made it even better. What I liked the most about it was that I couldn't even tell there wasn't any "real" milk in it! Lactaid was a great substitute here and made for a very good recipe. While it wasn't my favorite thing I've ever made with some tweaks I think I'd gladly make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2016
This was so good! I can see this being a favorite in this house it did not take long for it to disappear. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/23/2020
Next time I might double the cinnamon. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2016
I decided to follow the instructions in the Cook's Notes for the cranberry orange casserole. My husband and I really enjoyed this breakfast casserole. I loved that all flavors came through and didn't compete for attention. The orange and the cranberry complemented each other very well. I'm already thinking of occasions to make this dish...holidays breakfast pot lucks teas early morning church gatherings...the list is endless! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/03/2016
Amazing. made for a sunday brunch and it was TO DIE FOR. Made it just as listed. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2019
This recipe was fabulous - I did change it because I had a package of raisin danishes to use up and I have some lactose intolerant people in my house! So I cut up the danishes omitted the raisins because there were already some in the pastries and used oat milk instead of dairy. It was absolutely delicious and we will make it again! A great Christmas morning bake! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2017
Yes I am going to make it again and one change is with the milk I am going to use Thai coconut milk! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/17/2019
Delicious and everyone raved about it. Read More
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