Overnight French Toast
You can simplify breakfast and still have something warm and delicious ready in the morning with this recipe for Overnight French Toast. Serve Johnsonville’s Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage on the side for a complete, easy meal that everyone will love.
The holidays are just about over, Chris will be back in the office after New Year’s, and Emma will be back in school soon… but not quite yet. Which means I still have the whole family home in the mornings, and our rushing-out-the-door weekday breakfast routine just isn’t going to cut it. And sorry, but NO– I am not slaving away over a hot breakfast every morning for the rest of break (because Christmas just might have done me in for good this time).
So I went digging through the archives and found some of my favorite old breakfast recipes that are quick and easy or that I can prepare the night before. This homemade peanut butter granola is always a winner. And doctored up pancake mix usually goes over pretty well too. But the blue ribbon recipe for our favorite post-holiday breakfast easily goes to this Overnight French Toast!
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Ingredients Needed for Overnight French Toast
- cream or half and half
- vanilla and cinnamon
- French baguette
- brown sugar
The night before, slice the baguette (I used one and a half; each of my baguettes was 7 ounces) and layer the slices in a dish.
Mix together the milk and eggs, and pour it over the bread. You’ll cover the dish and let all of that soak overnight. By morning, the liquid should be completely absorbed.
Now, this part is optional (but it’s SO GOOD)… my baked French toast is a little different from others you may have tried before. Because mine is baked in caramel sauce. This is a dessert blog, after all! 😉If you skip this step, the French toast will still be delicious with syrup in the morning. But if you’ll give me 5 extra minutes, I can transform it from delicious to life changing.
Still with me? Good. Now, all you have to do is put some brown sugar, butter, and a little bit of corn syrup in a bowl the night before (just because we’re prepping in advance here to cut down on your work in the morning). Cover it up, and just leave it on the counter. The next morning, while the oven is preheating, microwave the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup for about 45 seconds. Mix it up and spread it over the (unbaked) French toast.
Pop it in the oven for 40 minutes. And voila! This is the BEST French toast you’ve ever eaten in your life. I promise. Add a little fruit and some Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage (it’s better than bacon!) to the side for a blue-ribbon, award-winning breakfast that you barely had to touch to make this morning.
More Quick & Easy Breakfast Recipes
Jump-start your post-holiday mornings with Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage (heat it up on the skillet or in the microwave 🙌🏻) on the side of any of these Quick & Easy Breakfast recipes I know you and your family will love.
- Baked Oatmeal (make ahead)
- Dark Chocolate and Almond Overnight Oats (make ahead)
- Homemade Pancake Mix (make ahead)
- Cinnamon Oatmeal Blender Pancakes (quick & easy)
- Mini No-Rise Cinnamon Rolls (quick & easy)
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Overnight French Toast
This French toast is the softest, fluffiest, most buttery delicious French toast you've ever eaten (thanks to a special secret ingredient)! It's an ooey, gooey, breakfast nirvana.
- approximately 14-20 ounces baguette bread, sliced
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 3/4 cup cream or half-and-half
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Optional Caramel Sauce
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 and 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
The night before...
- Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish. Evenly layer the slices of bread in the dish.
- Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, and ground cinnamon. Pour mixture over the bread slices, ensuring that every piece gets moistened. Cover and chill overnight.
- Optional: place the butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup in a bowl. Cover and set aside until morning.
In the morning...
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
- Optional: Microwave the butter, sugar, and corn syrup for about 45 seconds (or until butter is melted). Mix together and spread over the (unbaked) French toast.
- Bake uncovered for 40 minutes.
- Let rest for about 10 minutes before serving warm!
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