Breakfasts are HARD. They really are. I mean we’re supposed to send them to school with something other than sugar loaded cereal, but honestly my house is a nutshow in the morning! How are we supposed to get a good breakfast into these kids on top of it all to yet? This is where overnight recipes have SAVED breakfast. Especially this easy overnight french toast casserole!
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not like I have energy at night to go spend a ton of time making breakfast for the next day.
But we often eat these awesome one-pan dinners, and then while that’s doing its magic I’ll take 5-10 minutes making breakfast for the next morning.
Yes, it really only takes a little while to get this thrown together.
How do you make the best overnight french toast?
In short answer, use white bread, add in a little extra like blueberries or strawberries and cream cheese! Also bake it in a shallow dish like a cookie sheet so that your french toast isn’t soggy in the middle!
I love making my overnight french toast with cream cheese and strawberries, but really, you can just keep it simple and do it without those extra ingredients too!
Another thing, use up leftover stale breads. I don’t care what kind of bread.
Ok maybe a little. Certain breads will definitely turn out better. Especially your white breads. For some reason in this house we just don’t think it’s the same if we don’t use white bread!
Now if you use french bread or croissants… then its like taking it to a whole new level again!
This recipe is using leftover croissants that I found in my freezer from like 3 months ago… ya they were a little freezer burnt!! But since I used them up for this overnight french toast, nobody even knew:)
How to keep overnight french toast from being soggy?
I always bake mine in a cookie sheet, or if not on a cookie sheet only a thin layer in a 9×13 so that it doesn’t stay soggy in the middle.
Plus baking it on a cookie sheet will go faster too!
Step by step instructions for making overnight french toast
Making this french toast is honestly almost as easy as making these easy pancakes (you know the ones you can get on the table within 15 minutes?)
Really all you need to do is mix up your ingredients and then pour it over the bread and pop it in the fridge!
1.Grease your cookie sheet or 9×13 really good.
2.Tear up what leftover bread you want to use.Today I’m using my leftover croissants! And just drop them straight into the pan.
3.Whisk together your milk, eggs, cinnamon,and salt, and pour evenly over bread
4.Cut cream cheese into small cubes and drop into the pan over top the bread.
5.Cover and let sit in the fridge at least 8 hours or over night!
6.In the morning bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Or until baked through, and browned!
See? This make ahead breakfast is doable right? I mean no its not throwing cereal in a bowl and calling it good, but at least its better for them!
And we can suddenly feel like a much better mom by actually getting a real breakfast into our kids on a school day!
How to reheat french toast?
Here’s a little bonus tip. This recipe will make enough for two breakfasts for my kids. (My hubby and I eat earlier since he goes to work early)
So I make it one day. Then the leftovers they eat for breakfast later in the week! I’ll add bananas or any other fresh fruit that I still have laying around and they gobble that up too!
Even if I don’t have any more fruit, they LOVE it slathered up with jam too!
To re-warm the french toast casserole stick it in the oven at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes and it’s warm! Not hot, but my kids don’t eat anything hot anyway…
So go make this, and then tag me on Instagram stories @mamasrealmeals and show me what it turned out like! I’d love to see!
|Prep Time||10 minutes|
|Cook Time||30 minutes|
|Passive Time||8 hours|
- 7 croissants
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cream cheese(diced)
- Grease your cookie sheet or 9x13 really good. Tear up what leftover bread you want to use.Today I’m using my leftover croissants! And just drop them straight into the pan. Whisk together your milk, eggs, cinnamon,and salt, and pour evenly over bread. Cut cream cheese into small cubes and drop into the pan over top the bread. Cover and let sit in the fridge at least 8 hours or over night. In the morning bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Or until baked through, and browned!