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Overnight Monkey Bread French Toast Casserole – Yes, I’m serious. I combined two epic breakfast recipes into one: Brunch just got REAL. This is the perfect breakfast casserole to serve for any occasion – and you can make it the night before!

french toast casserole with syrup on white plate with fork and raspberry


Easy French Toast Casserole

The reason I love a baked overnight french toast casserole is because I can assemble it the day before. Home girl here doesn’t have the patience for morning baking or frying or anything more than pouring coffee, so with this recipe I can make it all the night before and then just pop it into the oven the morning of.

As you may or may not know, we love monkey bread in this house. Really, the topping is what we love most (I mean hello, melted butter and brown sugar!) and that’s what gets poured onto this casserole before you bake it. When you bake it it gets gooey and rich, almost like a caramel roll.

It’s a great fancy breakfast or brunch, or serve it with whipped cream for dessert! It’s the best breakfast casserole, kind of like bread pudding but also like baked french toast with a monkey bread twist!

Overnight Monkey Bread French Toast Casserole Recipe

Ingredients Needed

  • Bread or Dinner Rolls – When you’re making french toast bake, you want to use semi-stale bread. I like using a crustier bread to help soak up the egg mixture. I used dinner rolls but you can use any crusty bread (or challah or brioche).
  • Eggs – This is crucial when making any french toast. They create the soak along with the milk to make the gooey center.
  • Milk – You can use any kind of milk or nondairy milk.
  • Sugar – Granulated sugar for the casserole and brown sugar for the topping
  • Cinnamon – It wouldn’t have that monkey bread taste without the cinnamon!
  • Butter – I used unsalted butter, this is for the topping.

How To Make French Toast Casserole

  • Spray a 9×13” or 8×11” baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cut rolls or bread into bite size pieces (about 6 per roll) and spread in pan.
  • Whisk eggs, milk, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a large measuring cup or medium sized bowl. Pour egg mixture over bread cubes in pan. Press down with your hands to soak all of the bread pieces in the egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove the french toast from the refrigerator and allow to sit while oven is preheating. Stir brown sugar and pinch of salt into the melted butter, stirring until they mix well. Pour evenly over the top of the french toast, spreading with the back of a spoon to coat the entire pan.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the edges seem golden brown. The center will be bubbly and the brown sugar mixture will be somewhat liquidy. It will set as it cools. Serve warm, no syrup needed!
french toast casserole with syrup on white plate with fork and raspberry

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Tips

  • You can use any kind of bread for this. My favorite are crusty dinner rolls, french bread, Challah bread, or Brioche.
  • Serve with maple syrup (although it doesn’t need it – a sprinkling of powdered sugar over the top will do) or whipped cream.
  • Any kind of milk – regular or nondairy – works in this recipe.
  • Add some fruit to the mix to make blueberry french toast or even mixed berry or peach!
  • Don’t want to make this an overnight casserole? Let it soak for at least 4 hours before baking.

FAQs

Why is my french toast casserole soggy?

Chances are it’s not baked all the way – make sure it’s completely baked and not runny.

How do I know when french bread casserole is done baking?

Your casserole will be light golden brown and darker around the eges, only slightly jiggly in the center and no longer runny looking.

Can you make this ahead of time?

This was designed as an overnight french toast so yes – make it ahead of time, the night before.

Overnight monkey bread french toast piece on a white plate with a raspberry on top

Overnight French Toast Casserole Recipe

4 from 31 votes
This Overnight Monkey Bread French Toast Casserole is the best breakfast or brunch recipe!! Monkey Bread combined with French Toast – so good! My family loved the rich sweet monkey bread topping all over the french toast casserole. Bonus: no syrup needed!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Yield 12 servings
Serving Size 1 /10th slice of monkey bread

Ingredients
 

  • 12 medium sized dinner rolls (a 14 ounce package)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter melted
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup (150g) packed brown sugar

Instructions

  • Spray a 9×13” or 8×11” baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cut rolls into bite size pieces (about 6 per roll) and spread in pan.
  • Whisk eggs, milk, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract in a large measuring cup or medium sized bowl. Pour evenly over bread in pan. Press down with your hands to soak all of the bread pieces in the egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove the french toast from the refrigerator and allow to sit while oven is preheating. Stir brown sugar and pinch of salt into the melted butter, stirring until they mix well. Pour evenly over the top of the french toast, spreading with the back of a spoon to coat the entire pan.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the edges seem golden brown. The center will be bubbly and the brown sugar mixture will be somewhat liquidy. It will set as it cools. Serve warm, no syrup needed!

Recipe Notes

  • Use any kind of dinner rolls or french bread, even challah bread, brioche, or other crusty loaf (about 14 ounces).
  • You can use any kind of milk – regular, nonfat, 2% or nondairy
    Serve with maple syrup (although it doesn’t need it – a sprinkling of powdered sugar over the top will do) or whipped cream.
  • Don’t want to make this an overnight casserole? Let it soak for at least 4 hours before baking.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1/10th slice of monkey bread | Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 201mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

French Bread Recipes

Last Updated on March 21, 2023



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  1. Omg this is a game changer! I didn’t have almond milk, so I used regular. I would make this 100 times.