Saturday Brunch + French Toast Casserole Recipe

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I’ve been wanting to make my mom’s French Toast Casserole recipe for some time, so I decided to host a little brunch for my friends so I could make it for a group! I mean, my 15 month old loves to eat, but this is the kind of thing that you make for more than just one family!

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I made a fizzy fruit drink with 2 bottles of sparkling white grape juice to about 2-4 cups of cranberry juice to offer, in addition to coffee. I just eyeballed it until it was the color I wanted. I filled the pitcher with cut fruit, and had frozen some fruit in ice cubes for the drinks that morning a few days prior.

For the glasses, I had some leftover flowers from the arrangements, and I simply tied them on with some string. It couldn’t be easier, and it’s such a girly way to dress up an otherwise plain glass.

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French Toast Casserole

1 loaf  of soft french bread, cut into slices about 1 inch thick

11 eggs

2 cups half and half

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Arrange bread in a 9×13 baking dish sprayed lightly with Pam. Mix other ingredients together well, and pour evenly over bread. Let it sit overnight in the fridge.

In the morning, mix 1 stick of softened butter, 1 cup chopped pecans and 1 cup brown sugar and spread it on top of the bread before baking. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve with warm maple syrup. 

Enjoy! It’s rich and decadent. And perfect for a meal that is a combination of two!

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Comments (17)

  1. A New Old Fashioned Girl says
    Posted May 21, 2016

    This looks so yummy Kate, I love the glasses. French toast is one of my favorite breakfast foods but I have never had it in casserole form before.
    https://thenewoldfashionedgirl.blogspot.com/

  2. Abbey says
    Posted May 21, 2016

    I love this!

  3. Femke says
    Posted May 21, 2016

    Look delicious, Kate! I am hosting my own high tea in a couple of weeks, this definitely is going on my short list for that.
    But, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon seems so little for that whole casserole, don’t you like it that much, or was this enough to give it a good flavor?

    • Kate says
      Posted May 22, 2016

      The flavor is quite subtle. Add more if you love cinnamon!

  4. Susan says
    Posted May 21, 2016

    I love the idea of making the French Toast the day before and then just popping in the oven. Leaves you time to put together a gorgeous table like you did!

    http://a-woman-of-a-certain-age.com/

  5. Sarah says
    Posted May 21, 2016

    Where are your dishes from?

  6. Meg says
    Posted May 21, 2016

    What a cute brunch! Love the recipe!
    -Meg
    http://www.smalltownsisters.blogspot.com

  7. Posted May 21, 2016

    Yes! I love this, I want to start having friends over for weekend brunches and this post is inspiring me towards that goal!

  8. Heather says
    Posted May 21, 2016

    I love french toast! Great article. I’m looking forward to reading more from you.

    http://www.wherefitnessmeetsbeauty.com

  9. Gina says
    Posted May 22, 2016

    I am sure I missed it on another post, but where is your dress from? The small glimps is enough to convince me! You are adorable and so is this whole event
    Thanks,
    Gina

  10. Posted May 22, 2016

    Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing! What a fun brunch to host for your friends. Where did you get the dress you’re wearing in the last picture?

  11. Mimi says
    Posted May 22, 2016

    I love French toast casserole. So easy to make. Perfect for any time of the day. I am always down for anything that has one pan dish. Looks very yummy. Good job! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Kay R. says
    Posted May 22, 2016

    This looks awesome! No lie, now that I watch you on periscope and snapchat, i read all your posts in your sarcastic hilarious tone haha. (first time commenting but long time reader!)

  13. Posted May 23, 2016

    I am so stealing that recipe, I love French toast and this makes it totally doable for a big crowd.
    PS. The flowers on the glasses….brilliant!

  14. Mel says
    Posted May 26, 2016

    Love this!! Sounds yummy and I am trying it this Sunday!!

    Mel | http://www.thegossipdarling.com

  15. Laura C says
    Posted December 25, 2017

    It’s in the oven now. Thanks for the recipe and have a merry Christmas!

  16. Posted December 25, 2017

    I had to try this recipe. Totally appropriate to do the night before Christmas. Prepped the night before. Placed into oven before opening gifts and presto done and ready for a group of 6! Just a few tips – I found it was too much butter and so had to remove some of the melted butter pooled on top….We cut the sugar by about 25% and found it just perfect sweetness. We did the crushed pecans in the amount stated and added a few whole ones on top and it came out perfectly. Simply the best! (I probably wouldn’t do half and half all the time but the holidays, it’s perfect!).