Eggnog French Toast Casserole
Eggnog French Toast Casserole is an easy make ahead French toast bake made with fluffy challah bread and eggnog. It’s the perfect Christmas breakfast!
**This post was updated with new photos and text in December 2019.
I know, I know….it’s a little early for eggnog since it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but this Eggnog French Toast Casserole just couldn’t wait.
The official Christmas season does start in about a week, and trust me when I say you’ll be glad that you got this recipe early. 🙂
The funny thing about eggnog is that I don’t even like drinking it. It’s a bit rich for me as-is, but it adds such great richness and flavor to cakes, cookies, quick breads, pancakes, waffles, and obviously baked french toast. 🙂
Here are some other eggnog recipes you might enjoy:
Eggnog coffee cake by A Classic Twist
Eggnog French Toast Casserole
Last year I used our leftover eggnog to make baked french toast, and I really wanted to post it, but there’s no place for eggnog french toast after New Years.
Everybody knows it’s smoothie time after that. 🙂
The bottom line is that I couldn’t stop thinking about breakfast-y egg nog recipes all year long, so I got right on it this year as soon as I saw eggnog in the store.
This overnight fresh toast casserole completely blew my mind, too. It’s soft and fluffy like bread pudding, only you get to eat it for breakfast!
Overnight french toast casserole ingredients
This baked french toast only takes a few simple ingredients.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 16 ounce loaf challah bread
- Ground cinnamon
- Orange zest
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- Optional toppings: whipped cream or cranberry maple syrup (see notes)
My bread of choice for French toast is Challah bread because it’s so light and airy in texture. I used the crust and all, and cut it into small cubes.
The milk mixture contains a lot of eggs, and a combination of eggnog and milk. The orange zest and ground cinnamon pair nicely with the eggnog and add a nice depth of flavor.
Since the eggnog is sweet already, there’s no extra sugar in the custard. We’re saving ourselves for those optional toppings.
How to make Overnight Baked French Toast
This overnight french toast recipe is very easy. Prep it the night before and bake it in the morning for the perfect make ahead breakfast.
- Cut the bread into 1″ cubes and place in a greased 13 x 9″ baking dish.
- Whisk together the eggs, eggnog, milk, orange zest and ground cinnamon until well combined, then pour over the bread cubes.
- Press the bread down into the custard to soak, and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until golden brown and puffed in the center.
- Remove from heat and cool for 10-15 minutes or so before serving.
- Dust with powdered sugar and serve with optional toppings, if desired.
Recipe notes and substitutions
- Challah bread may be substituted with a loaf of French bread. Stale or day old bread works even better than fresh.
- Lighten up this recipe by using light eggnog or use half whole eggs and half egg whites.
- Leftover eggnog french toast casserole keeps in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap for up to 3 days.
- Top your baked french toast with whipped cream or cranberry maple syrup!
More French toast recipes:
For the french toast
Prepare the whipped cream:
Prepare the cranberry syrup:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 204mg Sodium: 269mg Carbohydrates: 28g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 5g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 13g