Holiday breakfasts can be tricky. On the one hand, you want something that feels special. On the other hand, the main-event meal comes later in the day, so you want to save your kitchen energy and patience for that. Luckily, there’s one breakfast option that’s both festive and easy to throw together for a crowd: French toast casserole.
Essentially, French toast casserole is a baked version of the stovetop original. Ingredients are combined in a casserole dish (or sometimes, a slow-cooker) either immediately before baking or overnight, then baked in the oven until the center of the casserole is moist and fluffy, and the top is just slightly browned. The end result tastes even better than traditional French toast, too, because the bread gets the chance to really soak up all the liquid and the flavors as it cooks.
No matter how you like your French toast—plain, with fruit, with chocolate, or even made out of something other than sliced bread—it’s easy to turn it into a casserole. Below are 14 delicious baked French toast recipes that won’t add any extra work or stress to Easter morning.
Bananas foster French toast
This bananas foster French toast is practically a dessert. But hey, it’s a special occasion.
Chocolate French toast casserole
There’s an awful lot of chocolate in this French toast casserole, but I doubt you’ll get any complaints.
Croissant French toast casserole with berries and cream
Croissants are good on their own, but great in a berry-filled casserole.
Brown sugar pecan overnight French toast casserole
This brown sugar casserole is a little nutty, thanks to being studded with sweet pecans.
Savory French toast roll-ups
The presentation of these French toast roll-ups is on point, as is the cheese-and-bacon filling.
Overnight berry French toast
Frozen berries work great in this overnight French toast, so don’t worry if you can’t find fresh ones just yet.
Crockpot raspberry and chocolate chip French toast casserole
Overnight french toast is easy, but slow-cooker overnight French toast is even easier.
Strawberry and cream cheese French toast
The crumb topping on this strawberry and cream cheese bake really takes it over the edge, but you can leave it off it you’d rather a less-sweet breakfast.
Crockpot cinnamon roll French toast
This slow-cooker casserole might be the best use of canned cinnamon roll dough I’ve ever seen.
Salted caramel apple French toast casserole
It may not be pie season quite yet, but this salted caramel apple casserole is a great segue.
Simple French toast casserole
This French toast casserole is barebones, so feel free to dress it up by serving fun toppings on the side. Our favorites? Fresh fruit, maple syrup and your favorite jam or preserve.
Crème brûlée French toast
This crème brûlée French toast may look simple, but it’s got layers and layers of flavor baked in.
French toast casserole crumb cake
If you’re torn between coffee cake and French toast, this casserole is a perfect hybrid of the two.
Caramelized onion, spinach, and feta French toast bake
Frittata lovers, this is the French toast bake for you. It has all the savory deliciousness of a frittata and the sweet caramelized onion adds the perfect amount of sweetness.