Every Saturday morning our little family has what we call “Saturday Fun Breakfast.” Sometimes it’s simple like running out for donuts and other Saturdays it’s a big spread like homemade waffles or a sausage, egg, and cream cheese casserole, but this overnight french toast is my happy middle ground effort, go-to breakfast dish. Hence it’s name. This is the easiest, overnight cinnamon french toast you will ever make. Is it fancy like the one Jo-Jo shares in her Magnolia Table cookbook? No. This one has no fancy crumble on top, nor as many decadent ingredients, but that’s what makes it so easy. It’s just a handful of ingredients, that are all probably in your pantry and fridge already, and about 5 minutes of prep time are all it takes to make this warm, crowd-pleasing, easy breakfast.
1 loaf of your favorite sliced cinnamon bread
2.5 cups milk (you can use any kind of milk you want – you can even go crazy and use half-and-half if you want to make a richer breakfast casserole or almond milk if you want a dairy-free breakfast)
1.5 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Maple syrup / powdered sugar / butter – optional, for toppings!
Cut your cinnamon bread into bite-size, 1-inch cubes. (This is not a science, so don’t be too worried about cutting them too big or too small.) I toss the cubes into my sprayed-dish as soon as I’ve cut them and fill the pan up as I cut.
Add your 6 eggs and vanilla extract into your 2.5 cups milk and whisk it all together.
Pour evenly over your cubed cinnamon bread and use your whisk to press the tops of your bread cubes down into the pan so everything gets wet.
Cover your baking dish and let it sit in the fridge overnight (I recommend 6-8 hours).
In the morning, take your dish out of the fridge and take your lid, or whatever you used to cover your dish with, off.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Put your baking dish in the very center of your oven and bake for 30 minutes.
Grab your oven mitts and rotate your baking dish 180 degrees then bake for another 20-30 minutes.
You will know it’s done when you can insert a sharp knife into the center of your casserole, and the knife comes out clean when you remove it.
My family enjoys this overnight french toast topped with pure maple syrup and a little butter! On Saturday mornings, I’ll sprinkle a little powdered sugar on the kids’ to add a little extra fun factor.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!
Until next time,
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