Overnight Whole Wheat French Toast Bake

As someone who loves breakfast but hates eating it for actual breakfast, I must admit I struggle finding new and fun meals to make for my family when I am perfectly content with a protein shake. However, Christmas morning is always a game changer.

I love making a hearty and sweet treat for my family to enjoy before (or after) digging into their presents, but I also do not want to spend too much time in the kitchen either cooking or cleaning up. So I am always down for a make ahead breakfast that is ready to pop in the oven first thing Christmas morning and fill the air with the sweet aroma of Christmas in meal form.

This year I decided to try my hand at a french toast casserole since regular french toast is usually the most requested breakfast item from my family. After scouring different recipes I finally was able to put my own concoction together that turned out to be absolutely fantastic.

I was able to make this meal on Christmas Eve before church and let it sit overnight in the fridge until the next morning. This was fantastic because it allowed the cinnamon custard to fully soak into the bread slices.


French Toast Ingredients:

  • Six slices whole wheat oat bread diced into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 cup 2% milk 
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (I used a small jug and saved the rest for homemade whipped cream) 
  • 6 eggs
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Cooking spray
Crumble Topping Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup flour (all purpose or sub in whole wheat)
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter diced into small cubes (fresh from the fridge)
  1. Spray a baking dish (I used a 13X9) with non-stick cooking spray and layer the bread cubes evenly across the bottom.
  2. Mix cinnamon, sugar, and nutmeg together until evenly blended. Add eggs, milk, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla extract. 
  3. Pour egg custard over the bread cubes and make sure to coat each one evenly.
  4. Cover and store in the fridge overnight.
  5. In the morning, preheat the oven to 350˚F and prepare the topping by mixing the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and chunks of butter together until they form a crumble. 
  6. Sprinkle crumble on top of french toast and bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and drizzle with maple syrup before serving. Use your left over heavy whipping cream to make a homemade whipped topping.

Original Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


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