Eggnog French Toast Casserole

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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!

eggnog french toast casserole with whipped cream

 

**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. šŸ™‚

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. šŸ™‚

Here are some other eggnog recipes you might enjoy:

Eggnog banana bread

Eggnog coffee cake by A Classic Twist

Eggnog pancakes

overhead shot of eggnog french toast casserole cut into squares

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. šŸ™‚

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!

front shot of slice of eggnog french toast casserole on white plate with whipped cream

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
  • Eggnog
  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • 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.

front shot of eggnog french toast casserole in baking dish topped with powdered sugar

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.

eggnog french toast casserole process collage 1

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  • 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!

front shot of eggnog french toast casserole topped with whipped cream with fork alongside

More French toast recipes:

Blueberry baked french toast

Monte cristo french toast

Raspberry french toast casserole

Eggnog Baked French Toast with Cranberry Maple Syrup

Yield: 0 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Eggnog French Toast Casserole is an easy make ahead French toast bake made with fluffy challah bread and eggnog.Ā  It's the perfect Christmas breakfast!

Eggnog Baked French Toast with Cranberry Maple Syrup

Ingredients

For the french toast

  • 16 ounce loaf challah bread cut into 1" cubes*
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups eggnog
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

Optional toppings:

  • Whipped cream: 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Cranberry maple syrup: 3/4 cup fresh cranberries, divided + 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Grease a 13x9" baking pan with cooking spray. Place the cubed bread evenly into the dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, eggnog, milk, orange zest and cinnamon until well incorporated. Pour the eggnog mixture over the bread, then press the bread down into the liquid. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the French toast from the refrigerator and remove the plastic wrap.
  4. Bake in the middle rack of your oven for 50 minutes to one hour, or until golden brown and puffed in the center. If the French toast browns to quickly, cover it with foil while it continues to bake.
  5. Cool on a wire rack 10-15 minutes before serving.


Prepare the whipped cream:

  1. Place the heavy whipping cream and granulated sugar in a medium bowl and beat on low speed until soft peaks form. Increase the speed to medium high and beat until stiff peaks form, being careful not to over mix.

Prepare the cranberry syrup:

  1. Place half of the cranberries in a small saucepan with the maple syrup and heat over medium low heat until they pop and thicken slightly. Add in the remaining half of the cranberries and cook until they pop. Remove from heat, and serve warm over the French toast. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Total time above includes 8 hours for the French toast to soak overnight.
  • Challah bread may be substituted with a loaf of French bread.Ā  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!
  • Cranberry maple syrup may be made in advance, but it will thicken like cranberry sauce. Reheat and add more maple syrup or water to thin, if necessary.


    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    10

    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
    Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made. This information does not include the optional toppings.

     

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