French Toast Casserole is a delicious breakfast using basic ingredients that you have on hand!
I have heard French Toast Casserole called breakfast bread pudding and I can see why. It is very similar to an old fashioned bread pudding.
In fact, it is pretty much the same thing. Calling it French Toast Casserole though makes it seem more like a breakfast than a dessert. No matter what you call it, or when you serve it, it is delicious!
Many of our grandmothers and great grandmothers made recipes like this because they used basic ingredients that they always had on hand.
All you need to make french toast casserole, or a basic bread pudding, is bread, eggs, milk, sugar, and vanilla. That is all. It is simple and delicious!
I have been sharing in my Everyday Adventures Faceboook group ways that I am cooking with what I have on hand in order to grocery shop less. (If you want to join the Facebook group, just request to join and I will add you.)
Many of you are doing the same thing right now. We are all trying to limit trips to the grocery store by using what we have on hand.
I shared recently that I had some gluten free bread that was kind of dry and that I also had some hot dog buns that were still good, but were expired and starting to dry out.
I also had some milk that was about to expire that I didn’t want to freeze. I knew Overnight French toast would be a great way to use them up.
I kind of combined a couple of recipes to come up with this version. Basically, I came up with a recipe using what I had.
I made three pans. One gluten free dairy free, one gluten free, and one with a mix of regular bread and hot dog buns. They all turned out delicious!
No matter how you make this I think that you will enjoy it!
- 8 cups of cubed bread, gluten free bread works for a gf version
- 8 eggs
- 3 cups milk
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
- Place cubed bread in a 9x13 pan.
- In large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, sugars, vanilla, and cinnamon if using.
- Pour over bread. Press down on bread to make sure the liquid coats it.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight or for 6-8 hours.
- Remove from refrigerator 30-60 minutes before baking.
- Uncover and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.
- Serve as is or with syrup.
Gluten free bread works in place of regular bread.
You can also use just about any bread or buns that you have for this. It is a great way to use up some extra bread or bread that isn't quite as fresh.
For a dairy free version is use coconut milk in place of the regular milk.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 193mgSodium: 334mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 13g