This year I am planning to do up Christmas brunch in a big way. Normally we do bacon, cinnamon rolls and fruit, but this year I am adding this overnight french toast casserole and an egg casserole to the mix for a more sizable brunch spread! (That will hopefully keep us full until dinner at my mom’s.)
This recipe is incredibly easy! You can prep the entire recipe the night before and then just pop it in the oven Christmas morning. LOVE IT. There are more things to worry about on Christmas morning than food…like who is making the coffee. 😉
The raspberries add a great punch of flavor to this basic baked french toast. The walnuts are great for just a touch of crunch and a healthy fat. You can also use whatever thick bread you have on hand. I looked for whole wheat french bread, but I don’t think that is a thing, at least I didn’t find it at Meijer. Whole wheat bread doesn’t seem very French, but what do I know? You do whatever you want, but make sure the bread is thick, bakery style, not sliced, plain-jane bread.
- 1 loaf French bread
- 6 eggs
- 2½ cups milk
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2½ cups raspberries
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 Tablespoons chilled butter
- Cut up french bread into 2 inch cubes. Place in lightly greased 9x13 pan.
- Whisk eggs, milk, sguar vanilla and cinnamon together in a separate bowl.
- Spoon raspberries over french bread, distributing evenly. Pour milk/egg mixture over the bread and raspberries. Cover overnight in the fridge.
- For topping, mix walnuts, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon together. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or fingers until fine crumbs are formed. When ready to bake pour topping over casserole. Bake at 350 degrees covered for 20 minutes and uncovered for 25-30 minutes. The top should be golden and the bread fully cooked.
So relax a little Christmas morning with this easy overnight french toast casserole and curl up a little longer with your cup of coffee, cat, pup, kiddos or true love. I can’t believe this is Nate and my 8th Christmas together and Layla’s second Christmas! Time goes so quickly, there is nothing like spending it with the ones you love.