French Toast Casserole Recipe (Using Ingredients Already In Your Kitchen)

Jack and I made a delicious Father’s Day breakfast last weekend! Since we live about 30 minutes from the nearest grocery store, adapting recipes to what we have in our kitchen is important–most French Toast Casserole recipes include whipping cream, half and half, or cream cheese–none of which we usually have in our kitchen. We played around a little bit (actually had to make this twice) and were so excited that our 2nd version was so good, it didn’t last 24 hours in our house.

French Toast Casserole Recipe Using Ingredients Already In Your Kitchen

French Toast Casserole Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for French Toast Casserole:

1 loaf french bread

2 c. milk

3 eggs

3 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 c.brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

pinch of salt

Cinnamon Streusel Topping:

1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1/4 c. brown sugar

1 1/2 Tbl. butter, cold

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1. Slice french bread. It doesn’t have to be perfect ;)

French Bread for casserole

2. Grease a deep dish pie pan.

Grease pan with butter

3. Tear the French bread into pieces and put them in the dish.

Tear Bread

4. In a separate bowl, add your French Toast Casserole ingredients. Mix well after all the ingredients are added.

Add ingredients to bowl

5. Pour the liquid evenly over your torn bread. You shouldn’t see much of the liquid–sometimes I’ll save some and stick it in the fridge so I can add more if I need to before I stick it in the oven. The goal is for the bread to soak up the egg and milk mixture, but not be dripping in it.

6. Prepare your cinnamon topping (recipe below) and sprinkle over the uncooked casserole. Cover the casserole and place in the fridge for a minimum of an hour or as long as overnight.

Cinnamon Topping Recipe: 

Mix the brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a bowl. Slowly mix in the butter with your fingers, breaking it up and coating it all.

Cinnamon Topping

6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pull the pan out of the fridge and let warm for 30 minutes on the counter (so you don’t break your pan by putting it into a hot oven).

7. Bake covered casserole for 45 minutes, then remove cover for last 15 minutes. Poke a knife in the middle to make sure it’s cooked–it shouldn’t feel too wet.

8. Serve with syrup, or if you’re in our house, peanut butter and syrup!

French Toast Casserole


  1. 1

    We almost always have all of these ingredients…except bread. LOL. I pinned it anyway in case I go crazy at the store and buy bread. This looks sooo good!

  2. 2
    Melissa says:

    I HAVE to make this! YUM!

  3. 3
    Cecile says:

    This looks so good. Too bad I don’t have any bread in the house or I would make it right now.

  4. 4
    manda says:

    oh wow! my son is addicted to french toast and this looks so good! thanks for sharing it!

  5. 5

    Oh. My. Goodness. That sounds scrumptious!

  6. 6

    Yum! That looks delicious and easy–my favorite combination! :)

  7. 7
    Jackie says:

    How funny!! My husband does the peanut butter and syrup thing too!

    This will be perfect for camping next week!

  8. 8
    Carole says:

    Lovely work! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is all about French inspired Food? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. There are already a lot of links for you to check out. Cheers

  9. 9
    Kathleen Winans says:

    We did the peanut butter syrup thing in my house when I was a kid!! Sounds yummy!!

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