This Easy Overnight French Toast Casserole recipe makes a delicious breakfast dish that everyone loves! It features cinnamon French toast, a maple custard inside, and a creamy icing glaze on top. Prep this easy breakfast casserole the night before with frozen dough, and then just bake in the morning when you’re ready to enjoy.
Life is a little different right now, and we are all trying to find a new normal in our lives. Which includes that beloved tradition of having frequent weekend brunches and holiday breakfasts with our family and friends.
Food has always been something that brings people together. So, here’s an idea: share a recipe with your loved ones! It’s fun planning to enjoy the same breakfast together or “together” on those special holidays or for a relaxed virtual Sunday brunch. Near or far, you can still connect through food.
This Easy Overnight French Toast Casserole recipe is perfect for sharing, whenever and however you can!
If you want a french toast using sourdough, try our Sourdough French Toast!
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In March I started thinking of making something special to serve on Easter. I wanted a dish that everyone would love and be perfect for breakfast or brunch. As I looked around in my freezer, I spied my frozen dough…
You know, I am a big fan of Bridgford Food’s frozen dough. I’ve shared their Monkey Bread and made a Ham & Brie Casserole and Italian Sliders with it.
The Ham & Brie Casserole was such a hit, that I wanted to make a scrumptious breakfast casserole. Something that was make-ahead and overnight easy. And, here it is – The Best Overnight Cinnamon French Toast Casserole.
Well, thanks to Bridgford’s Ready-Dough, making this breakfast casserole is simple. You prepare it the night before, then pop it in the oven in the morning. Plus, it’s so easy that the kids can help make it.
Ingredients in Cinnamon French Toast Casserole
Along with using pre-made dough, this French toast casserole recipe only requires a handful of simple ingredients. You probably have these items already in your kitchen.
- Brigford Ready-Made Dough
- Maple extract
For the homemade icing you need
- Confectioners sugar
- Maple extract
If maple extract isn’t readily available, feel free to substitute it with vanilla extract. The maple does give this dish that extra authentic french toast taste, but your casserole will still be delicious with a hint of vanilla flavor.
Either way, serve with a side of maple syrup for a complete french toast breakfast.
How to Make Overnight French Toast Casserole
Ready-Dough comes in a three-pack of frozen bread dough loaves. This recipe only uses two loaves, so you’ll have one left. Use it to make my bread twist recipe for a yummy dessert.
Here’s how to bake the best make-ahead cinnamon French toast breakfast casserole:
First, let the two loaves thaw on the countertop for a few hours. The dough should be cold, but easy to cut.
Divide each loaf into 16 pieces. Place them in the casserole dish, and sprinkle on the sugar and a bit of cinnamon.
Next, make the maple custard. Beat 4 eggs and 1/2 cup of milk. Add the maple extract and the rest of the cinnamon. Pour the mixture over the dough.
Then, cover the casserole with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
See Below for the Complete Overnight Cinnamon French Toast Casserole Recipe!
In the morning, pull the french toast casserole out of the fridge, and preheat the oven to 350º. Bake for 20-25 minutes, then let cool for 15 minutes.
While the cinnamon French Toast Casserole is cooling, mix the creamy icing together. Then drizzle it over the casserole and serve.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Any leftover French Toast Casserole can be refrigerated up to three days, covered with plastic wrap. Reheat the casserole in your oven until warm in the center, or microwave individual servings. Always heat the syrup before serving, it’s the only way to serve it in my book.
For those busy mornings, or hectic brunch gatherings, try this make-ahead French toast recipe. Simply blend your liquid ingredients then allow bread to absorb the mixture in the fridge overnight. Voila, your French toast is ready and waiting to be baked in the morning.
The ideal French toast is browned and crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. It is not dry and it is not soggy. It has a rich, custard flavor (without being too eggy), and is usually sweetened with sugar and garnished with maple or fruit syrup, fresh fruit, and butter — but it can be served savory as well.
Other Breakfast recipes you’ll love
- Tater Tot Egg Nests
- Bisquick Ultimate Pancakes
- Let’s Make a Frittata: Quick & Easy Recipe
- Easy 3 Ingredient Biscuits (Scones)
- Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
- Bisquick Pumpkin Pancakes
Overnight French Toast Casserole
- Casserole dish
- 2 loaves Bridgford Ready-Dough (see notes below)
- ¼ cup cane sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 4 eggs
- ½ cup whole milk
- 2 teaspoons maple extract (can substitute vanilla extract)
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon maple extract
- Let the Ready Dough defrost on the countertop in a greased casserole dish covered with plastic wrap for 2-3 hours. Cut each loaf into 16 pieces. Place in the greased casserole dish. Sprinkle the pieces of dough with sugar and cinnamon.
- In a small bowl, beat 4 eggs with 1/2 cup milk. Stir in maple extract, and pour the mixture over the bread pieces. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- The next morning, pull the casserole dish out of the fridge. Let it sit at room temperature while the oven preheats to 350º.
- Bake casserole for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.While the casserole is cooling, mix the ingredients for the icing together until smooth. Drizzle over the casserole and serve.
Bridgford frozen dough and rolls are perfect for pizza dough, mini-buns, donuts, garlic knots, pizza rolls, a breakfast casserole, and so much more. Bridgford’s does the prep, with quality non-GMO ingredients and cane sugar, so you don’t have to.
This post was sponsored by Bridgford Foods. All views are my own and based on my own personal experience using Bridgford’s products.
Get your discount coupon for Bridgford’s frozen dough here. Find Bridgford Frozen Bread & Rolls at Walmart stores nationwide or locate a retailer near you here.
TFN Tip: I recommend keeping Bridgford frozen dough in your freezer as I do. Their Ready-Dough and Parkerhouse Style Rolls are easy and so versatile! Just thaw, bake and serve. It’s that effortless.
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