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Easy French Toast Casserole | My No-Fail Go To Brunch Recipe

french toast casserole recipe topped with fresh strawberries and maple syrup

Let’s chat about French toast casserole today… Have you tried it? On the surface it sounds amazing, but I’ve tried a number of French toast casserole recipes in the past and have never been completely wowed by 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 both easy to prepare and totally delicious, one with plenty of flavor and with a creamy center that’s perfectly cooked through. Not an easy feat!

french toast breakfast casserole made with King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

My Secret French Toast Casserole Ingredients

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 a simple 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 and tender sweet rolls add lots of flavor, while absorbing the egg mixture quickly. One 12-count tray of King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls is the perfect size for this recipe.

I also swapped in sweetened condensed milk for the heavy whipping cream that many recipes call for. It adds a pleasing creaminess to the recipe and eliminates the need for additional sugar in the egg mixture. It’s my secret ingredient that I’m sharing with you all today!

baked french toast casserole with a crunchy streusel topping in a white baking dish

The Best French Toast Casserole Topping

Now that we have a flavorful French toast casserole base to work with, it’s time to get down to finishing it off. I went with a streusel-like rich cinnamon-pecan topping that gets crunchy and caramelized as the casserole bakes. It’s the perfect contrast to the sweet and creamy custard-like center.

easy french toast casserole topped with fresh strawberries

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!

best french toast casserole topped with fresh strawberries

French Toast Casserole

Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

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

For the French toast casserole:

  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.

For the topping:

  1. 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.
  2. Sprinkle the topping over the bread mixture and spread it out evenly.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until the center is set.
  4. Cool and serve warm. If desired, garnish with maple syrup and fresh fruit.

How much did you LOVE this recipe?

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Quite simply, this French toast casserole is my go to brunch recipe. It never fails to wow the crowd and is one of the most requested recipes by friends and family. In fact, I’ve started keeping copies of the recipe on hand when I serve it because I have so many guests ask for it — and I’m always happy to share!

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of King’s Hawaiian. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Paola Freeman

Wednesday 7th of October 2015

Can I use coconut flour?

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Wednesday 7th of October 2015

Hi Paola! I'll be honest -- I don't have a lot of experience cooking with coconut flour, so I'm not really sure how it would affect the topping. If you give it a try, please share your results!

Jacquita

Saturday 25th of January 2014

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.

Carolyn Tinder

Monday 2nd of December 2013

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

V

Tuesday 5th of November 2013

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

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Wednesday 27th of November 2013

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.