French Toast Casserole is a favorite breakfast food of mine! There is just something about how all the ingredients come together to become a perfect sweet and gooey piece of heaven. I make this easy crockpot version of French Toast any chance I can get and it’s so simple I make it quite a lot, which might not be a good thing!!
I always make it when we have guests or for an easy brunch. It is so much less messy than the original version where you are dipping individual pieces of bread and cooking them on a stove. This one-pot wonder is the best of both worlds because it’s almost effortless but tastes like you are a master baker!
Serve with fruit or bacon and your breakfast is complete.
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Make for Holidays
This french toast casserole is a perfect breakfast for any holiday. We always make it for Easter and Christmas morning. Nothing is better than having a family tradition that involves French Toast Casserole. It’s so easy to whip up the night before and then right when I wake up I turn it on. Once everyone is done hunting for eggs or opening presents breakfast is ready. No dirty dishes and no cooking! The best part is that everyone can sit down and eat together at the same time.
But you can really make this anytime and enjoy it. You can make it before church and it will be ready after or even just an easy brunch option. It stays delicious for several days in the fridge, just thrown in the microwave and cover with syrup!
Bread Options for French Toast Casserole
What kind of bread– This is best made with day-old bread French or Italian bread since it is easy to break into chunks. But really any bread will work!
Gluten Free – We make all of our food gluten-free so we use a gluten free bread from a local bakery in Phoenix. But there is a french loaf that Udi’s makes that would be perfect for this!
Tips for Making French Toast Casserole
– Spray the slow cooker with non-stick spray! Then spray it again! This is an important part so that the sides don’t stick when you take it out.
– Use 1 inch cubes of bread so the can really soak up the mixture.
– Add nuts, raisins or even chocolate chips. Really anything you can think of to make it even better.
Need A New Crock Pot?
My favorite is this Crock Pot 7 quart Programmable Slow Cooker. First and foremost, I love being able to set the timer in case I’m not home when the food is finished cooking and it just switches to warm. Plus you can lock the lid and just carry it to a party. Not only is it easy to carry but also you will never lose another Tupperware or serving dish again at a potluck party!
How to Make French Toast Casserole
Step 1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, vanilla and salt.
Step 2. Add bread into egg and milk mixture and gently stir to combine. Cover and place in your refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Step 3. Make the cinnamon crumble- In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Refrigerate until needed.
Step 4. SPRAY Slow cooker insert with Non-Stick Spray or grease sides with butter. Pour your coated bread into your slow cooker.
Step 5. Top with crumble.
Step 6. Cook for 3-4 hours on low or 2 hours on high.
Step 7. Let it cool off for 15 minutes then serve with frosting or syrup and fruit!
French Toast Casserole
- 1 loaf gluten free bread, cut into 1 inch squares If not gluten-free, use day old french loaf
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup softened butter
- Dash of nutmeg
- Heavily grease the inside of the the slow cooker with butter or non stick cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, vanilla and salt.
- Add bread into egg and milk mixture and gently stir to combine.
- Cover and place in your refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- In a separate bowl, combine brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Cover and place in your refrigerator until needed.
- Pour your coated bread into your slow cooker.
- Crumble your butter mixtures over over the top of your bread.
- Cover and cook on low for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or high for 2 hours.
- Let it cool down for 10-15 minutes prior to serving.
- Top with powered sugar and maple syrup!
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