Keyword: french toast casserole, overnight french toast casserole
Prep Time: 10minutes
Cook Time: 45minutes
Total Time: 55minutes
Author: Jessica Formicola
Cranberry French Toast Casserole is a Christmas breakfast that can be made in just over an hour. Unlike most French Toast Casseroles, this is not an overnight French Toast Casserole, so no pre-planning required!
Coat 2-3 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Tear Challah bread into 2 inch pieces and place in casserole dish. Top with 1 cup fresh cranberries. Set aside. This will seem like a lot and probably pile up over the rim of your casserole dish, but after it has soaked in the custard, it will go down.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine milk, lightly beaten eggs, light brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk until little bubbles form.
*Pour over Challah bread. Toss and lightly squeeze with your hands. Since you aren't letting the custard absorb overnight, you need to give it a helping hand. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove from the refrigerator, toss again to coat with any custard that sunk to the bottom. Top with remaining 1 cup fresh cranberries. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl or bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine cold butter, light brown sugar, fine sea salt, cinnamon and chopped pecans. Blend or cut using a pastry cutter until well combined.
Using two forks, drops pieces evenly on the top of the casserole.
Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes.
Remove and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before serving. Maple syrup is optional.
If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!
*If you are making an overnight French toast casserole, skip squeezing the bread and simple cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. Pick back up in the morning with tossing to get get any custard that fell to the bottom.