Overnight French Toast Casserole

There are so many recipes for this available, it’s hard to know which one to choose. This one is just as easy and tasty as any other out there, so should you decide to make this casserole, you will not be disappointed.

I like to use a hefty bread that can stand up to the egg mixture. Since it soaks in overnight, I don’t want a totally soggy casserole. Some people do not mind a softer french toast, but I like mine a little bit firmer. However you choose to make it, this is a great way to use up any extra bread you have in the house.

Speaking of utilizing leftovers…. I happened to find an entire sleeve of bagels in my deep freezer and thought it would be the perfect thing to make this dish with. And it was ;)

French Toast Casserole

3 large bagels*, cut into six pieces each

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon, plus extra for topping if desired

1/4 chopped pecans, optional

1 tsp vanilla

5 eggs

 1 1/2 cup milk

1. Melt butter and pour into bottom of greased 7 x 11 baking dish. Mix together brown sugar and cinnamon, and nuts if you want to use them. Sprinkle over the butter in an even layer.

2. Arrange bagel (or bread) pieces in a single layer over the butter and sugar.

3. Whisk eggs, vanilla and milk. Pour over bread and make sure all pieces are coated evenly.

4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

5. Remove from refrigerator and let stand a few minutes. Bread will be expanded. Use a pair of tongs to turn each piece over. Preheat oven to 350*.

6. Cover with a new piece of foil and bake casserole for 30 minutes.

7. Then uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.

8. Drizzle some maple syrup over the casserole and return to the oven for about 5 minutes, allowing the syrup to caramelize.

Serve warm with maple syrup and Egg Souffles {recipe coming tomorrow!}. Casserole serves 6.

*The bagels I used just happened to be chocolate chip :) They were perfect because the chocolate was very subtle; not too much for hubby who wouldn’t have preferred it (had he known) and the kids loved it. However, plain whole wheat or raisin cinnamon bagels would have been great as well.

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