I love this recipe because it’s an overnight breakfast that isn’t a casserole!

Prepare this super easy overnight French toast the night before. Tender eggy bread slices with a cinnamon butter crust are soaked in a quick custard overnight and baked in the morning. Now, even the chef can sleep in!

I love to wake up to the fragrant aroma of baked French toast! Everyone will rush to the kitchen to get a serving of this beautifully baked breakfast treat.

Two slices of overnight french toast being served topped with whipped cream and pecans

Why We Love Overnight French Toast

  • It’s a make ahead breakfast that isn’t a casserole!
  • It’s super simple to make. Use any kind of bread and add your fave flavors from nuts to fruit.
  • No more flipping separate slices of French toast in the morning while everyone waits for theirs. This breakfast is an easy take French toast for a crowd!
  • This is the perfect recipe for everyone to wake up to on the holidays or a birthday, sleepover, or take to a brunch, it’s that easy and elegant!

Serve with a side of fresh Rainbow Fruit Kabobs, or top baked French toast with a generous serving of citrus and berries like this easy Fresh Fruit Salad. Don’t forget the Whipped Cream and warmed maple syrup!

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Ingredients and Variations

BREAD This recipe is great for using up older bread, ends, or leftovers. French bread baguettes, and even cubes of raisin bread are great for overnight French toast! Make this DIY Homemade French Bread, cut the slices as wide as you like for perfect slices.

BATTER French toast needs a thick, creamy batter made from eggs, milk, and vanilla extract to make it rich and fluffy. Heavy cream will make a thicker batter and a dairy-free version can be made with oat milk.

SEASONINGS This is the basic recipe, but get creative and replace the plain cinnamon with a homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice made with nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves…so fragrant.

TOPPINGS Walnuts or pecans give overnight French toast a little crunch and a lot of flavors. I use either or both!

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How to Make Overnight French Toast

Creamy and delicious overnight French toast is so easy to prepare ahead.

  1. Use dry bread (or dry in the oven per the recipe below).
  2. Combine melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar on a large rimmed baking sheet. Arrange bread slices evenly over top.
  3. Prepare the egg mixture and pour it over the bread (per recipe below).
  4. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to bake, just pop it in the oven and relax!

  1. Let the pan rest at room temperature for 20 minutes while the oven preheats.
  2. Bake uncovered, then enjoy!

Serve warm with whipped cream and maple syrup.

PRO TIP: For a ‘stuffed’ overnight French toast, mix your fave berries, or jam with cream cheese and drop it in dollops between the slices of bread before pouring on the egg mixture. Blueberries, strawberries, sliced peaches, or green apples are colorful and delicious ‘stuffers’ or toppings for French toast!

Overnight French Toast being served with strawberries

Tips & Tricks

  • The best overnight French toast is made with bread that is dried out so it can absorb the batter perfectly!
  • Keep leftover overnight French toast covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze before or after baking by wrapping it in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil for up to 6 weeks. Allow it to thaw completely before baking.

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 Did you make this Easy Overnight French Toast? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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Easy Overnight French Toast

Overnight French Toast is the perfect easy breakfast for any morning!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Chill time 8 hours
Total Time 9 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings

Ingredients  

  • cup butter melted
  • cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 loaf french bread sliced 1" thick
  • 12 eggs beaten
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or ½ teaspoon maple extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon divided
  • cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
  • whipped cream (optional)

Instructions 

Before Bed

  • Slice bread into 1" thick slices and let dry on the counter for a couple of hours (or place in a 300°F oven for 10 minutes using caution not to brown the bread).
  • Place melted butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon on a large rimmed baking sheet (mine was 17.5" x 12.5"). Mix well and spread on the bottom of the pan.
  • Arrange bread in the pan over the brown sugar mixture.
  • Combine eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
  • Gently pour half of the egg mixture over the bread ensuring all of the bread is soaked. Flip the bread and pour the remaining egg mixture over top.
  • Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight

Morning time:

  • Remove the pan from the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter for 20 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Bake for 30 minutes ensuring that the french toast doesn't brown
  • Serve with maple syrup and whipped cream

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Notes

I use a large pan, and it fits almost a whole loaf of french bread. This recipe will work just fine on two smaller pans.
You will see some egg mixture on the pan, the bread will soak it up as it sits overnight.
Any kind of milk can be used in this recipe (including non-dairy).
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 411 | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 268mg | Sodium: 441mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 679IU | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine French

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  1. OK, this is easily the best French toast I’ve ever bad! Absolutely loved it and it will be part of my regular hosting menu! It’s even still delicious reheated. Loved it. First time, I did carmelized bananas and maple syrup on top. Second day, I melted some peanut butter and drizzled that on top and it was delicious AND added protein FTW! Great recipe!5 stars

    1. I have not tried it but I think that would taste delicious, Jamie! Please let us know how it turns out!

  2. I’m looking for an easy french toast recipe that is not a casserole and came across this one. I’d like to try this with eggnog in place of milk. Have you ever tried this recipe with eggnog? Any suggestions? I, too, am a big fan of yours. Your website is my go-to when looking for a new recipe. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you for your kind words Alicia! I haven’t tried eggnog in place of milk in this recipe but I have found the recipe to be very forgiving and I do think it would work. The eggnog will be a bit sweeter compared to milk. I’d love to hear how it works out for you!

  3. I would like to try the stuffed French Toast you suggested. Are there any other changes needed besides the addition of cream cheese and fruit? extra egg mixture?

  4. This is the easiest and, by far, best overnight French toast ever. We are in the middle of renovations so I used a cast iron skillet because it was the only thing I could reach. I’ll be making this over and over!5 stars

  5. Christmas breakfast, so I wanted something special, and this definitely was. Rave reviews by all who ate it. Thanks!5 stars

  6. Planning to make this tonight but would like to know what constitutes one serving? One slide of bread; two? And what size slices of bread (deck of cards size, 4″x5″, bigger?). Since I am diabetic I will be using Swerve brown sugar. I just need to know my limit in bread! :-)

    P.S. I’ll let you know how it turns out, too! :-)

    1. This would be 1/8th of a standard loaf of french bread although it is an estimate based on general ingredients. If you are counting I would suggest using My Fitness Pal and plugging in the actual ingredients you’ve used. Enjoy the recipe Linda!

  7. I was wondering if I can let the egg mixture sit overnight and throughout the next morning? I want to make this for brunch on Christmas Day (around 1:00). Will it be too soggy?

    1. That should be just fine Shari. The best overnight French toast is made with bread that is dried out so it can absorb the batter perfectly!

  8. This looks really good but could you make it with half a loaf of bread and would you half everything else I have half a loaf of homemade bread left and this looks like a good way to use it thanks your recipes are always good

    1. Hi Deb, yes this can be made with a half loaf and I would half the rest of the ingredients too. The cook time should remain the same. Enjoy!

  9. Thanks for sharing your recipes. I’m a big fan of yours and have tried quite a few of your recipes. Just wondering if the brown sugar and butter mixture makes it more soggy when serving up the dish. Would it be just as good if you omit these 2? I want to make this tonight for tomorrow’s breakfast. Thanks again

    1. Hi Claudette, I don’t find it make the bread particularly soggy. I have only made this recipe as listed so I am not sure if it would turn out as delicious without the melted butter and brown sugar.

  10. I am sooooo making this Christmas morning!!! My family is going to LOVE this!!! Thank you for the great recipe!!!! So easy to make and can prepare the night before! I love it!!