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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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 with powdered sugar, because, come on, it’s powdered sugar. Life’s necessary pleasure.
I MEAN. Talk about kicking off your day RIGHT.
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 French Toast Bake feeds a crowd or you’ll have plenty of leftovers.
NOT A BAD DEAL AT ALL.
In my most humble opinion, the best way to serve this yummy goodness is to drizzle maple syrup (especially the good kind!) on it. And maybe pair it with a few slices of bacon.
BREAKFAST DREAMS DO COME TRUE.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Substitute fresh berries with frozen berries if fresh berries are not available.
Yes! That works great. Oat milk works great as well.
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.
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!
Other breakfast dreams…
A.k.a. some of my other favorite breakfast and brunch recipes!
- Sausage Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
- Ham and Cheese Croissant Casserole
- Strawberry Banana Nutella Crepes
- Cinnamon Raisin Rolls
- Caramelized Banana French Toast
- Apple Cinnamon Bread
- Banana and Date Muffin
- Blueberry Lemon Ricotta Pancake
- Pumpkin French Toast (by Well-Plated)
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Berry French Toast Casserole
- 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!
This recipe made me a hero on Christmas morning–my family loved it! We used some local blueberries and marionberries that we had frozen after picking them at perfect ripeness last summer. Thank you, Meg Wilkins, for recommending this recipe that your roommate MinYao told you about!
I LOVE this so much, Kate! Thank you so much for the review! Happy to hear that you enjoyed it! 🙂
I’ve made this recipe a dozen times and my husband always loved it! Every time we have people over, this is my go to breakfast recipe. I’ve topped it with berries, peaches and almonds, and fried apples and all have been a hot! I’ve also done it with almond milk and you can’t taste the difference! Right now I have it in the fridge and I’ll surprise my husband when he comes from work. He will probably have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner tomorrow! Thank you for this amazing recipe!!!
Yay! Love hearing that you and your family are loving it! Love your add ons!! I will need to try that sometime!! 🙂
Made this for the morning after a tween slumber party & it was a huge hit. Delicious! Crusty on top & soft in the middle.
Yay! Happy to hear that you enjoyed it!!
Can you freeze the leftovers and reheat later after baking? We are always looking for something to bake once and then save for a fast breakfast later. This looks amazing 😍
Yes! You can freeze after baking and reheat when you want to eat it! Thanks so much – I hope you give it a try! 🙂
Can you use the Texas toast or does it have to be french bread?
That would be fine too!
Can this recipe be refrigerated overnight and baked in the morning?
Can’t wait to try it!
Yes it can! Let me know how it turns out! 🙂
12-14 cups of bread? Surely this must be a typo? What is the correct amount? Thanks!!
Yes – about 12-12 cups of cubed bread. It’s about a loaf of French bread!
This was delish! I made a half of a recipe
For an 8×8 pan. Still took about 35 min to cook. Used fresh blackberries that I cut in half and frozen blueberries and strawberries. Loved the powdered sugar on top. I drizzled it with a bit of real organic maple syrup but I’m not sure it was necessary. Oh, and I threw in some chocolate chips which I HIGHLY recommend!
Yum!! I love the chocolate chip add! What a great idea! 🙂
This was delicious! I used a loaf of brioche bread and it was amazing!!
Brioche bread in this sounds amazing!!!
Hi, do you know if I can cut this recipe in half? Just baking for two and would like to cut down on the ingredients to use what I have. If so, how would I adjust baking times?
I haven’t tried it before, but my hunch tells me you can cut the ingredients in half and bake it in a square 9″ x 9″ dish, and I would bake it for the same temperature and for the same amount of time. Hope that helps – let me know how that goes!
We made this today and it was delicious! It’s rare that our whole family likes the same meal. It satisfied our toddler’s sweet tooth without being overly sweet for me and my husband. Already recommended it to my sisters and mom to try too!
I’m so glad you all enjoyed it!
I just made this today & it came out AMAZING!! I have a quick question though, Is this able to be frozen ??
It should freeze fine! Let it thaw in refrigerator before reheating!
I made this for my wife and myself for our Mother’s Day brunch and I’ve gotta say, it’s a 5 star Wowzzer! I did make a couple small mods to it. My bread was a 50/50 mixture of dried French loaf and Cinnamon twirl. I also added a 1/4 teaspoon (ish) of ground cloves and a teaspoon or so of ground nutmeg. Those three spices just get lonely if their not all together. Also was a bit more liberal with the vanilla. Maybe it needed a tad more baking but it was more like a bread pudding than a French toast, which was totally fine with me. I preferred a bit of heavy cream on it rather than syrup. I’m keeping this one.
Thank you for sharing! So glad you and your wife enjoyed it!
It came out beautifully! I made a lavender butter maple syrup and it was perfect!
Yay! So happy to hear that! And lavender butter maple syrup sounds so lovely!! 🙂
I made it with raspberries and lemon zest added. It needed a bit of syrup, as it was not very sweet. Very moist and delicious. I used unsweetened almond milk in place of milk.
I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Should I cover the dish while it bakes? or is uncovered fine? Thanks for this great recipe, I can’t wait to try it!
Should be fine uncovered! Let me know how it goes!
Do the fruits get dry? has any one done it, putting the fruits after removing it from the oven?
Yes! You can add the fruits after removing from the oven if you prefer.
Does it need to be soaked for four hours or would at least 30 min to an hour be ok?
Best to soak for longer but 30 minutes is okay too if in a pinch!
This sounds delish! How many loaves of bread would it take to make 12-14 cups of cubbed bread?
I usually use one large loaf of French bread!
So yummy! My dad loves this recipe so much we made it for Father’s Day.
That’s wonderful to hear! Thank you for sharing!