Nov 4

Easy French Toast Casserole

French Toast Casserole

I've tried a number of French toast casserole recipes in the past, but I've never been completely satisfied with any of them. They were either too dry, still soggy in the center, or just lacking flavor in general.

So I set out to create a recipe that's easy to prepare and totally delicious -- one with plenty of flavor and with a creamy center that's perfectly cooked through.

Most recipes call for using day old French bread. However, because this bread is dry and dense, it usually requires the bread and egg mixture to soak overnight. I wanted an easy recipe that could be prepared first thing in the morning and baked immediately, so I chose to use King's Hawaiian® Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls.

Cut up into 1-inch cubes, these soft sweet rolls add plenty of flavor and absorb the egg mixture quickly. One 12-count tray of King's Hawaiian® Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls is the perfect size for this recipe.

I also swapped sweetened condensed milk for the heavy whipping cream that many recipes use. It adds a pleasing creaminess to the recipe and eliminates the need for additional sugar in the egg mixture.

Easy French Toast Casserole

You might be wondering how this French toast casserole differs from a bread pudding, and the truth is it is very much like a bread pudding... BUT it tastes like French toast -- and that makes it an acceptable breakfast food, right?

The rich cinnamon-pecan topping gets crunchy and caramelized as the casserole bakes and is the perfect contrast to the sweet and creamy custard-like center.

Baked French Toast Casserole

Serve this mouth-watering French toast casserole as is, or top it with your favorite fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup. If you really want to go crazy (and why not?), add a dollop of homemade whipped cream -- amazing!

French Toast Casserole

Yield: 6-8 servings

French Toast Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 (12-ct.) tray King's Hawaiian® Sweet Rolls, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • For the topping:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg yolks, milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, ground nutmeg and kosher salt. Very gently fold in cubed King's Hawaiian® Sweet Rolls, and pour the mixture into the buttered baking dish to absorb the liquid while the topping is prepared.
  3. For the topping:
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Cut the butter into the mixture with a fork or pastry cutter until crumbly. Stir in the chopped pecans.
  5. Sprinkle the topping over the bread mixture and spread it out evenly.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until the center is set.
  7. Cool and serve warm. If desired, garnish with maple syrup and fresh fruit.

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by Tara | 4 comments

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V November 5, 2013 at 8:01 am

I hate wasting eggs, could you use the whole egg?

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Tara November 27, 2013 at 11:41 am

Whole eggs would change the consistency, but I actually really like the whites scrambled, so you could try that to use them up. Or my husband will often do half egg whites and half whole eggs for his scrambled eggs.

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Carolyn Tinder December 2, 2013 at 10:39 pm

I think I voted for you in the contest but saw no place to enter my name . Hope this counts because this sounds delish.

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Jacquita January 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm

I made your French Toast Casserole for a brunch at our RV Resort. There were 21 people there, so I tripled the recipe. It was a HIUGE hit. Everyone loved it. I also made some Almond Flavored Butter Sauce to go with it.

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