This Brioche French Toast recipe makes a delicious breakfast or brunch dish. It is made with thick slices of brioche bread, which are soaked in a mixture of eggs and cream before being cooked until golden brown.
The brioche soaks up the egg mixture, making it sweet and fluffy on the inside while developing a crispy exterior that makes it a hearty breakfast downright crave-worthy.
🗝️ Recipe's key points
- You can assemble this casserole ahead so that it's ready to cook on Christmas morning to save some time in the kitchen and enjoy more time with your family.
- The store-bought brioche bread helps you save time and gives you a custard-like texture to your french toast bake.
- All of the ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery stores, so you don't have to worry about tracking down hard-to-find ingredients.
It doesn't matter if you serving this luxurious french toast for a weekend breakfast or on a special occasion, your family will love this hearty breakfast whenever you decide to make it. With brioche bread slices topped with a simple egg custard and baked to perfection, you can't go wrong with this easy recipe.
This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card (printable) at the bottom of the page.
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- Cooking spray
- Loaf sliced brioche bread--we like using a brioche-style rich egg bread for the base.
- Large eggs
- Half and half
- Dark brown sugar
- Vanilla extract-- we always use the pure vanilla extract for the best flavor.
- Ground cinnamon -- make sure your spice is fresh. They do become outdated.
- All purpose flour
- Ground nutmeg -- we grate our nutmeg from whole nutmeg. Here is one that is also flavorful.
- Unsalted butter
- Powdered sugar
This is an overview of the instructions. The full instructions are in the recipe card below.
- Spray a 9-x 13-in. baking dish with cooking spray. And, get out your bread.
- Cut the bread slices into quarters to make squares.
- Arrange the bread slices in four rows in your baking dish.
- Crack all your eggs into a glass mixing bowl.
- Whisk the eggs until the whites and yolks are well-combined. Whisk in half-and-half, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
- Slowly pour the egg mixture over the casserole, letting it seep down into the bread.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Meanwhile, gather the ingredients for your brown sugar topping.
- Stir together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl.
- Work in the softened butter until the mixture forms a thick paste. Refrigerate until needed.
- Remove the plastic wrap from the casserole, and crumble the topping over the top of the casserole.
- Bake, uncovered, for 45 to 50 minutes or until set and golden brown. A knife inserted into the center should come out moist, but clean.
- Let stand for 20 minutes on a cooling rack before serving the casserole warm, dusted with powdered sugar. Serve with warm maple syrup, flavored syrup, and fresh fruit.
Store leftover french toast in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. I prefer to reheat it in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until warm through. However, you could also reheat individual servings in the microwave until warm all the through.
- Add a layer of diced apples or pears to the casserole for an extra boost of sweetness.
- You could also top this fresh toast with candied or toasted pecans or with some raisins before you bake it.
- For a delicious pop of flavor and color, you can also add some orange zest to the top of your casserole.
- Make sure that you spray your casserole dish well with nonstick cooking spray. If you don't have cooking spray you could also grease it with butter or shortening to prevent sticking.
- Overlap the slices of bread so that each slice of bread is covered by at least one other piece. This helps keep all the french toast together while baking and prevents it from drying out.
- If you don't have stale or dry bread you can toast the slices in a toaster oven before dipping them in the egg custard mixture. This will help absorb more of the custard without it soaking up too much to become soggy.
Yes, the best thing about this delicious french toast recipe is that you can prep it and store it in the fridge for up to 24 hours before baking it.
Stale bread works better in French toast and French toast casseroles. The days-old bread won't soak up the egg custard as quickly, which creates a nicer texture when baked.
All sorts of bread can be used for homemade french toast. My favorite is buttery brioche bread, but you could also use french bread, challah bread, white bread, sourdough bread, or any type of bread that you have on hand to use up.
There are so many different toppings for this delicious breakfast. My favorite toppings are fresh berries, whipped cream, powdered sugar, or sweet syrup like pancake syrup or classic maple syrup.
You can add additional flavor to this easy french toast bake by adding chocolate chips to the top, or even using pumpkin spice instead of the cinnamon and nutmeg.
📗 Related Recipes
- Are you in search of another brunch recipe that you can make on holidays or weekend mornings? If so, give this Chocolate Breakfast Croissant Casserole a try next time.
- If a savory breakfast casserole is more your style be sure that you check out this Breakfast Enchiladas recipe. It's hearty, filling, and full of flavor, making it a great way to start off your day.
- These Cheddar Cheese Muffins are a great side dish to serve alongside the french toast casserole. They're cheesy, fluffy, and delicious!
🍽 What to serve with Brioche French Toast Recipe
This baked french toast recipe is delicious as a meal on its own, or you can also pair it with your favorite breakfast protein source like these Egg Muffin Cups.
How about serving some fruit along with this French Toast? This Apple Grape Harvest Salad would fill the breakfast menus perfectly!
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If you ask me there is no better to start off your day than with a comforting and hearty breakfast like this baked french toast. The thick slices of brioche bread gives this breakfast casserole the perfect texture with a nice touch of sweetness to make a delicious breakfast your entire family will enjoy.
As someone who loves to hosting brunches, this Brioche French Toast Casserole has become my go-to recipe. It always receives rave reviews from my guests?
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Heavenly Brioche French Toast Casserole
- Cooking spray
- 16 oz, brioche bread sliced
- 8 leggs large
- 3 cups half-and-half
- ⅔ cup dark brown sugar packed
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. Kosher salt
Brown sugar crumble topping
- ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
- ½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- Powdered sugar for dusting
Fill dish with bread slices:
- Spray a 9-x 13-in. baking dish with cooking spray. Cut the bread slices into quarters to make squares, and arrange them in four rows in the baking dish.
Prepare the egg mixture:
- Whisk the eggs until the whites and yolks are well-combined. Whisk in half-and-half, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Slowly pour over the casserole, letting it seep down into the bread. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
Prepare the oven:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Make the crumble topping:
- Stir together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Work in the softened butter until the mixture forms a thick paste. Refrigerate until needed.
Bake the casserole:
- Remove the plastic wrap from the casserole, and crumble the topping over the top of the casserole. Bake, uncovered, for 45 to 50 minutes or until set and golden brown. A knife inserted into the center should come out moist, but clean.
- Let stand for 20 minutes on a cooling rack before serving the casserole warm, dusted with powdered sugar.Serve with warm maple syrup, flavored syrup, and fresh fruit.