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Berry French Toast Casserole

Make this Berry French Toast Casserole for your weekend brunch!

Prepare the night before, pop into the oven when you wake up in the morning, and you’ll get yourself a moist on the inside, slightly crispy on the top French toast bake with loads of fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Berry French Toast Casserole

Then you drizzle that maple syrup all over it, because truly, YOU MUST.

If you love Berry French Toast Casserole, don’t forget to also check out my Apple French Toast Casserole recipe! For a savory breakfast casserole, these are my favorites: Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole and Ham and Cheese Croissant Casserole.

Why Berry French Toast Casserole?

Friends, are you a brunch person? Well, I am.

I love waking up slowly on Saturday morning and indulge in some hearty brunch food while I sip coffee, all in my pajamas… Ah, gotta love a nice and slow weekend.

Every now and then, on the menu for weekend brunch is french toast. I would wake up in the morning and cut up bread and dip them into the egg mixture and pan fry these bread.

That is, until I was introduced to the concept of french toast casserole.

Then it all happened – my weekend brunch changed for the better…

See, with French Toast Casserole you make everything ahead the night before, let the bread soak in that egg mixture combined with cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla extract, then the next morning you pop in the oven and viola. BREAKFAST IS SERVED.

With all the fresh berry action going on during the summer, it will be a shame to not top this custard-y bread with loads of fresh, sweet-as-candy berries. The fruity goodness pairs so well with it.

So there you go – Berry French Toast Casserole. The berry best kind of french toast casserole. Pun absolutely intended.

Berry French Toast Casserole


One of the many reasons why I love Berry French Toast Casserole is because it is made with easy, pantry-friendly ingredients!

  • French bread – dryer bread works the best because they soak up the egg mixture better. You can also use sourdough, challah, croissants, regular white bread, or even healthier breads such as whole wheat.
  • Eggs
  • Milk – I like to use 2% milk, but you can use any kind of milk, even almond milk and oat milk for non-dairy options.
  • Vanilla extract – use good quality vanilla extract for the best flavors. It really takes the flavor of the egg mixture to the next level.
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Brown sugar
  • Berries – I use strawberries and blueberries but use whatever you have at hand or your favorite! Fresh or frozen would be just fine
  • Powdered sugar – optional, for dusting the top
  • Maple syrup – A must in my books! 😉 Use high quality maple syrup for the best taste!

How to make Berry French Toast Casserole

As mentioned, when making Berry French Toast Casserole, a lot of the real work happen the night before.

First, you will want to cut french bread into cubes and fill ~3/4 of a greased 9″ x 13″ casserole with the bread.

You can use other breads such as regular white bread, brioche, croissant etc as well.

French bread for Berry French Toast Casserole
French bread cut into cubes

Next, in a large mixing bowl, mix together 8 large eggs (yes, lots of eggs!), 2% milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and brown sugar. Then pour the mixture onto the casserole.

Top with sliced strawberries, blueberries, or other berries you like!

Cover casserole with a saran wrap, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. We are letting the bread soak up the egg mixture during this time.

Then (typically this is the next morning for me in my pajamas) bake at 350 for 35-50 minutes.

I check at the 35 minute mark, and bake for longer if needed.

Sprinkle berry French toast casserole bake with powdered sugar, because, come on, it’s powdered sugar. Life’s necessary pleasure.

I MEAN. Talk about kicking off your day RIGHT.

A top down pic of a casserole of Berry French Toast Casserole

The bread is flavorful and moist after being soaked in the egg mixture. The edges and the top is slightly crispy. The juicy, sweet berries is a great compliment to the custardy dish. SO DELISH.

This berry French toast bake feeds a crowd or you’ll have plenty of leftovers.


In my most humble opinion, the best way to serve this yummy goodness that is this berry French toast bake is to drizzle maple syrup (especially the good kind!) on it. And maybe pair it with a few slices of bacon.


Tips and Tricks

A few things to note when making Berry French Toast Casserole:

  • Use a few days old or dryer bread so that it soaks up the egg mixture better.
  • Grease casserole dish with oil or butter prior to adding bread for easy removal after it bakes.
  • Make this at least a few hours before so that the bread can soak up the egg/milk mixture before baking. I like to make this the night before and pop it into the oven in the morning. It really makes an easy, no fuss, YUMMY breakfast. Perfect for when you are feeding a lot of people – I do this a lot for the holidays as well.
  • Due to multiple variability (actual oven temperature, how dry the bread is and how much egg/milk mixture it soaks up overnight, temperature of the casserole itself prior to baking, etc), bake time can differ slightly, so check at the 35 minute mark to see if French Toast Casserole is cooked, and bake for longer if needed. There were many times where I have to bake this longer than 35 minutes.
A casserole of Berry French Toast Casserole

Variations and Substitutions

Berry French toast bake is seriously versatile and there are so many ways to make it your own!

  • Instead of strawberries and blueberries, use blackberries, raspberries.
  • Instead of French bread, use other breads such as challah, white bread, wheat bread, or even croissants for a luxurious (slight higher calorie) brunch! 🙂
  • Want a dairy free option? Use almond milk or oatmilk instead of regular milk.
  • Want to make this even fancier? Check out my Apple French Toast Casserole recipe. It is my attempt to make a fancier French toast casserole with crumbles on top and apple pieces sandwiched all over. So good!

Have more variation and substitution ideas? Share by commenting below and let us know!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen berries for this?

Yes! Substitute fresh berries with frozen berries if fresh berries are not available.

Can I use almond milk instead of 2% milk?

Yes! That works great. Oat milk works great as well.

Can I use a different kind of bread?

Absolutely! Any bread works great with this. Try to use dryer bread that are a few days old so that it soaks up the egg mixture better.

How to store and reheat Berry French Toast Casserole?

Keep in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a few days. Store maple syrup separately. When ready to serve, heat in microwave and serve with maple syrup. This recipe actually heats up in the microwave really well!

Berry French Toast Casserole topped with maple syrup

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Berry French Toast Casserole

Berry French Toast Casserole

Moist on the inside, slightly crusty on the top, this french toast casserole is topped with loads of fresh berries. Serve with powdered sugar and maple syrup. Make ahead and pop into the oven whenever you are ready to eat it! Super easy!
4.72 from 393 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Resting time: 4 hours
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 308kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 12-14 cups French bread
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1-2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • maple syrup as much as you want!


  • Grease a 9″x13″ casserole with vegetable oil or butter. Cut up French bread into cubes and add to casserole (fill up to ~3/4).
  • In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Whisk mixture and mix well. Pour mixture into casserole.
  • Slice strawberries. Top casserole with strawberries and blueberries.
  • Wrap the casserole with saran wrap and refrigerate for four hours, or up to overnight.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 35-50 minutes. Check at the 35-minute mark, and if it is not done bake for longer.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Serve with maple syrup and enjoy!



Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 112mg | Sodium: 322mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 204IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Rebecca L. says:

    Do you have to let it rest? Or can you just bake it without refrigeration?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Let it rest for at least an hour or so if you are really in a pinch. Resting will help the bread soak up the egg mixture and flavors in it – which will come out better and make the bread less soggy!

    2. 5 stars
      made this for Easter brunch, everyone loved it! could I prepare this and freeze it, or should I bake it first then freeze?

    3. Joyous Apron says:

      I would bake it first then freeze! Bring it to a complete defrost before reheating.

  2. Can the egg and bread sit together for 2 days before bake?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I have not tried that before, but I would say bake it within 24 hours. I wouldn’t let it sit that long if possible.

  3. What could we substitute the eggs for ?! I would love to make this ; but I have an egg allergy

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Unfortunately I don’t know of a good substitute for eggs 🙁 Would love to hear anyone’s thoughts if they have egg substitute ideas!

    2. I’ve used heavy whipping cream or milk and cornstarch as substitute before.

  4. have you ever tried doing this in a slow cooker?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I have not – I think it would be kinda soggy though…. I like the crustier top! If you try it you have to let me know what you think!

  5. Shelby Green says:

    5 stars
    Tried this recipe out for a holiday brunch and it was a crowd favorite!! I substituted whole all natural milk, fresh Italian bread and added in a little nutmeg. Will definitely be making again!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yum! Love your modifications – sounds like a winner indeed!

  6. 5 stars
    Once you have it prepped, is it possible to freeze for a later time?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes that is totally fine!

  7. Can it be made the night before without the fruit on top. Baked in the morning and then then the fruit put on after it’s baked? Thank you!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! That works too!

  8. Carol Holman says:


    Just making sure that 12-14 CUPS of bread?

    that seems like alot.


    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! It’s bread that has been cubed. Don’t overpack the cup and only fill it up to the top (no overflow). Hope that helps!

    2. I have a stupid question. How do you know when it’s done cooking?

    3. Joyous Apron says:

      You can insert a toothpick into the middle and if it comes out clean it should be done!

    4. How many slices of bread = 12-14 cups of bread? Thank you!!

    5. Joyous Apron says:

      It’s usually one whole loaf!

  9. How do you know when it is done? Just the crispness on top?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes. Also, you can insert a toothpick into the middle – if it comes out clean it should be done.

  10. how Long will this hold for? – once cooked

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      You can store it in the refrigerator for at least a few days!

  11. Elana Dailey says:

    Could I add a sausage crumble??

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      You could but I don’t know about the mixing sausage in this – I think the flavors will be a little weird together. But if you try it and like it totally go for it! Make sure to cook the sausage on the skillet first.

    2. eLana Dailey says:

      Ok thank you. I won’t be lazy. I’ll just make a savory breakfast casserole and this sweet one lol

    3. Joyous Apron says:

      Haha! I think you’ll enjoy it that way better 🙂

  12. Sandy Gallow says:

    Can I use white bread cubes in place of French bread?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! That should work!

  13. Kathy Hangas says:

    5 stars
    This was so easy to make and super yummy! The pan was gone fast! Definitely no left overs! My husband brought home Franz thick bread. I will definitely want to try it with french bread for the different texture

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!