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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.

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

Ingredients

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

  • French bread – dryer bread works the best!
  • Eggs
  • Milk – I like to use 2% milk
  • Vanilla extract – gives it lots of great flavors
  • 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! 😉

How to make Berry French Toast Casserole?

As mentioned, a lot of the real work happen the night before.

Cut french bread into cubes and fill ~3/4 of a 9″ x 13″ casserole with the bread. You can use other breads such as regular white bread, brioche, croissant, etc.

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 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 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

  • 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

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.

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!
4.73 from 216 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

Ingredients

  • 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!

Instructions

  • 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!

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Nutrition

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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172 Comments

  1. Can this be made using muffin tins instead of a big pan? If so, how long would you bake it?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I have not done it before but you can definitely give it a try! Maybe try checking at the 15 minute mark and see if it needs to be cooked longer? Let me know how it goes!

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made this seven or eight times, including Christmas morning. It is a really good recipe that my kids will actually eat!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay, that’s awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  3. This looks Great. Do you think it would work without the added sugar?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      You mean the powdered sugar, right? Totally ok to omit the powdered sugar!

  4. Phyllis Shelley says:

    Can this be frozen ahead of time?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! Defrost it in the refrigerator the day before reheating it!

  5. Can you substitute 2% milk for almond milk?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes!

    2. Vickie Brummel says:

      Is oat milk an ok substitute as well?

    3. Joyous Apron says:

      I’ve known of people who have used almond milk so I imagine oat milk should be just fine!

  6. 5 stars
    Amazing! Kids and adults loved it and it made the house smell amazing!!!!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! So glad!! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  7. Stephanie Helms says:

    Would this be good without the fruit added before baking and have it fresh to top after cooked?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      You can add the fruit after baking if you prefer !

  8. Nicole P. says:

    Is it supposed to be slightly gooey in the center?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      If it’s still gooey in the center go ahead and bake it for a little bit longer!

  9. Is There a substitute for the maple syrup?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      You can try honey, jelly, or just sprinkle with more powdered sugar!

  10. Valerie Compton says:

    5 stars
    I have tried other recipes and I was nervous about this being too soggy or eggy, more like bread pudding, but it was amazing! I made this for our first anniversary brunch and everyone loved it! Even my husband, who doesn’t like sweet things, had a second helping! Thank you for an awesome recipe. I will definitely be making this one again!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Aw thank you! I love hearing that you all loved it! So glad it worked out for you! 🙂

  11. About how many loaves of bread does it take?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Usually one large long French loaf!

  12. Melanie Yoder says:

    5 stars
    My guests and I all thoroughly enjoyed this…when it finally got done! I might have cubed my bread too big or my loaf was too big… so when I took it out at the 45 min mark, it was still ‘eggy’ in the middle. So we proceeded to eat the rest of the brunch while I baked it in the microwave for 15 more minutes. ( I checked it every 5 minutes or so to make sure it didn’t dry out). And even though we didn’t have it with the rest of the brunch, we all agreed it was like dessert! It actually was nice because it drew out our time together for our Mother’s Day brunch! This recipe is a keeper, I’ll just have to remember what happened!!!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you so much! So glad you all enjoyed it. And thanks for sharing your modifications! That is super helpful!

  13. Would it ruin it if I made this head of time and had it sit in the fridge for a couple of days?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I think that would be fine!

  14. Do u have to let this sit?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes! Let it sit before baking if you can!

  15. Theresa Easterby says:

    I have been making a version of this recipe for years as our Christmas morning breakfast. I now make 2 flavours at the request of my grandsons. One is blueberry the other is diced ham and cheddar cheese. I pop it in the oven when I get up and everyone can help themselves between opening and playing with their presents. We also took it a step further by having Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve so everyone enjoys the meal without distractions. Christmas Day is completely relaxing with no demands on Grandma or Mom

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That is great! Love hearing that this has become a staple. Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. Maureen Cyr says:

    Can the french toast sit in the fridge for 12 hours before you cook it, or is that too long?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That should be fine!

  17. Can this be made gluten free?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I have not tried it but I imagine it would be just fine using gluten free bread! Would love to hear how it goes for you!

  18. Second time making this, I refrigerated it overnight and baked it uncovered in the morning. The top bread was dry and the bottom was mushy/ eggy. Baked for 40 mins and the center and bottom was raw. Continued to bake it longer, took over an hour and it just dried up the top and the bottom was still slightly mushy and cooked parts were eggy. Maybe next time I’ll try mixing the bread with the egg mixture so all bread is coated evenly instead of pouring it over the bread but I don’t think I’ll be making this again…

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Hi Rose! I am sorry it turned out the way it did! My suggestion is to up the temperature in your oven and cover the casserole with aluminum foil for most of the bake time, this way we can cook the insides without drying out the top. Sometimes the actual oven temperature can be lower/higher from the temperature it is set on, and it sounds like your oven needs to be hotter in order to fully cook the casserole. And your idea to mix the bread in the egg mixture could work as well. Hope this helps!

  19. Could I use homemade bread in place of the French bread?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That should be fine!

  20. Could you use frozen berries in this recipe?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes!