I love having a hot breakfast on Christmas morning, but I don’t want to miss out on any of the festivities.
I love making Overnight French Toast Casserole the night before so all I have to do is throw it in the oven in the morning (usually while we are opening gifts) and then enjoy a delicious, homemade breakfast in minutes!
This Brown Sugar Pecan Overnight French Toast Casserole is so full of flavor that you don’t even need to serve it with syrup, but our family loves it.
Not only is this french toast casserole easy to make, but it feeds a crowd! We like to serve this with our Hash Brown and Egg Breakfast Casserole (which I also make the night before) for the perfect holiday breakfast.
How to make Brown Sugar Pecan Overnight French Toast Casserole:
To make this Brown Sugar Pecan Overnight French Toast Casserole, start by cutting your Texas Toast (which is just a thick-cut sliced bread) into 1-inch cubes and placing it in a 9×13-inch baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
If you can’t find Texas Toast, you could always use a loaf of French Bread.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. Then pour the mixture over the bread in the prepared pan and set aside.
In another bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, salt, butter and cinnamon using a fork or pastry cutter until crumbs begin to form.
Make sure the crumbs are evenly sized. You won’t want to bite into a flour chunk, or brown sugar chunk, so be sure you are more thorough in your crumb formation.
Sprinkle the mixture on top of the bread then top with chopped pecans. Cover and store in fridge overnight.
what other nuts could i use with this recipe?
I love the pecans on this, however if there is a pecan allergy, or you don’t have anything on hand, here is what I recommend:
- Macadamia Nuts
- Slivered Almonds
- Chopped Cashews
If your 9×13-inch baking pan doesn’t have a lid that goes with it, simply cover your pan tightly with foil or plastic wrap.
The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes, or until the center is set and bread is golden brown.
I usually just give the pan a little wiggle. If the center still jiggles, it may need just a few more minutes. You want the center to be set up.
However, if the edges are starting to get dark, the center should be well enough done, that you can remove it from the oven.
Cut into pieces and serve with maple syrup. It’s especially delicious when served warm. It’s almost like a cinnamon roll (which reminds me that this would also taste delicious with a frosting glaze).
You could also try a flavored syrup as well. This would be delicious with:
- Blueberry Syrup
- Raspberry Syrup
- Strawberry Syrup
- Buttermilk Syrup
- Really any other syrup you have on hand. The flavor combination with this french toast and fruit, is absolutely delicious.
Other Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipes:
- Overnight Baked Caramel French Toast
- Overnight Creme Brûlée French Toast
- Overnight Apple French Toast
- Overnight Blueberry French Toast
- Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast Bake
Brown Sugar Pecan Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe
- 12 slices Texas Toast bread
- 10 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Brown Sugar Topping:
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 Tablespoons butter softened
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ cup pecans chopped
- Cut bread into 1-inch cubes and place in a 9x13-inch baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon.
- Pour over bread in prepared pan; set aside.
- In another bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, salt, butter and cinnamon using a fork or pastry cutter until crumbs begin to form.
- Sprinkle mixture on top of the bread then top with chopped pecans.
- Cover and store in fridge overnight.
- The next morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes, or until the center is set and bread is golden brown.
- Cut into pieces and serve with maple syrup.