CONTEST WINNER: French Toast Casserole

CONTEST WINNER: French Toast Casserole


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This French Toast Casserole is the winner of Recipe4Living's Casserole Contest! It is easy to make and the only caveat is that you must prepare it 3 to 12 hours before baking it in the oven. Perfect by itself or serve it for a holiday buffet. Whatever you do, make plenty as this will be the first dish to go, it's absolutely fabulous.

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Serving Size / Yield

8 servings


  • 4 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 C. light brown sugar
  • 1 loaf brioche , sliced into 1 1/2 inch slices
  • 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 C. whole milk
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • Dash nutmeg
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 3/4 C. chopped pecans
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Pure maple syrup

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Combine the melted butter and sugar in the evenly on the bottom of a baking dish. Arrange the bread slices on top, squeezing them in place so that they fit snugly in the casserole. Whisk the eggs, add all the remaining ingredients except the pecans. Pour over the bread, letting it soak in. Top with pecans and cover with plastic wrap. (The casserole will not look real moist, don't worry I promise it will be so moist when you eat it.)

Keep refrigerated for at least 3 hours or up to 12 hours to set. Set out at room temperature for 20 minutes before popping into a hot oven set to 350 degrees. Bake until lightly browned and set, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove and slightly cool if you can wait a few minutes. Serve this dish hot out of the oven or warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar and pure maple syrup.

Reviews (6)

  • this was absolutely wonderful. i served it this morning for breakfast on christmas eve, and everyone thought it was wonderful. the only change i made was that i cut the challuh bread up into 2 inch cubes, instead of leaving in slices. i will definetly make this over and over again!

    Flag as inappropriate yayavogt  |  December 24, 2011

  • Do you bake covered or uncovered?

    Flag as inappropriate debwood  |  February 20, 2010

  • Made it this past weekend and it was wonderful. Added raisins and the grandkids ate it all, even the 3 year old. Served it with Turkey bacon.

    Flag as inappropriate Hildababe  |  August 12, 2009

  • Had this before and it is absolutely delicious.

    Flag as inappropriate EVE1943  |  August 7, 2009

  • I think adding sausage links to this dish would improve it emmensly

    Flag as inappropriate awsome  |  October 7, 2008

  • I can smell the cinnamon already. I just found out my market sells Challah. Can't wait to try this!!!!

    Flag as inappropriate ilove2cook2  |  September 30, 2008

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