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Overnight Berry Baked French Toast

Overnight Berry Baked French Toast is an easy make ahead breakfast recipe made with French bread, frozen berries and an oatmeal crumble topping that is an easy breakfast or brunch option for a large group or party.

A casserole dish of berry french toast bake

French toast is always such a popular breakfast option but it can take a long time to make enough french toast for a crowd. Baked french toast is an easy way to feed a big group especially since it needs to be made the night before. That’s one less thing you have to do in the morning, other than remember to pull it out of the fridge before baking.

Make it a french toast bar and lay out lots of options for topping like apple syrup, maple syrup, strawberry or blueberry sauce, and buttermilk syrup plus whipped cream and additional berries.

frozen berries in a pile

Ingredients you need

  • French bread
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Brown sugar
  • Oatmeal
  • Butter
  • Frozen berries

Tips and Tricks

Day old French bread works better than bread baked the day off. If the bread is crusty it retains it’s shape better and doesn’t become so soggy when soaking.

Change up the frozen fruit and use frozen sliced peaches, strawberries, or cherries. Use whatever kind of frozen fruit you like.

If you want to make a lactose free version of this you can definitely substitute almond or coconut milk for the regular milk and coconut and a vegetable based spread like Smart Balance for the butter.

Note: Removing the casserole dish 30 minutes before baking allows the dish to warm back up before placing it in a hot oven. Some cookware may break or shatter from the shock.

A slice of french toast bake on a plate

How To Make This

  1. Mix the eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar together. Pour over the french bread and carefully toss the mixture to coat the bread well.
  2. Pour 2/3 of the soaked french bread into a greased casserole dish. Top with the frozen berries before adding the remaining soaked french bread.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours. 
  4. When ready to bake remove casserole dish from oven and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Uncover the french toast bake and sprinkle the oatmeal crumble mixture over the top of the casserole dish. Bake for at least 45 minutes for a softer french toast and up to 60 minutes for a crispier crust.
  6. Serve with syrup, powdered sugar, or whipped cream and more berries.

This will easily serve about 12 people, or more if you have other food options available. For some ideas see right above the recipe for other options.

How to make oatmeal crumble topping:

  1. To make oatmeal crumble topping: In a small bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt together.
  2. Cut butter into small cubes and cut into oatmeal mixture with a fork, pastry blender, or your fingers until mixture is crumbly and no large chunks of butter remain.

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Recipe

A slice of french toast bake on a plate

Overnight Berry Baked French Toast

Overnight Berry Baked French Toast is an easy make ahead breakfast recipe made with French bread, frozen berries and an oatmeal crumble topping that is an easy breakfast or brunch option for a large group or party.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Chilling time: 8 hours
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Jade Jones

Ingredients

  • 1 large French bread loaf cut into 1 inch cubes, about 10 cups
  • 8 eggs beaten
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Oatmeal crumble topping

Instructions

  • Mix the eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar together.  Pour over the french bread and carefully toss the mixture to coat the bread well.
  • Pour 2/3 of the soaked french bread into a greased casserole dish. Top with the frozen berries before adding the remaining soaked french bread.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours. When ready to bake remove casserole dish from oven and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

To make oatmeal crumble topping:

  • In a small bowl, mix oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt together.
  • Cut butter into small cubes and cut into oatmeal mixture with a fork, pastry blender, or your fingers until mixture is crumbly and no large chunks of butter remain.
  • Uncover the french toast bake and sprinkle the oatmeal crumble mixture over the top of the casserole dish. Bake for at least 45 minutes for a softer french toast and up to 60 minutes for a crispier crust.
  • Serve with syrup, powdered sugar, or whipped cream and more berries.

Notes

Day old French bread works better than bread baked the day off. If the bread is crusty it retains it’s shape better and doesn’t become so soggy when soaking.
Change up the frozen fruit and use frozen sliced peaches, strawberries, or cherries.  Use whatever kind of frozen fruit you like.
If you want to make a lactose free version of this you can definitely substitute almond or coconut milk for the regular milk and coconut and a vegetable based spread like Smart Balance for the butter.
Note: Removing the casserole dish 30 minutes before baking allows the dish to warm back up before placing it in a hot oven.  Some cookware may break or shatter from the shock.

Nutrition

Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 204mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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