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Overnight Caramel French Toast

Overnight French Toast Casserole can be made the night before and refrigerated overnight (or at least 8 hours). The egg soaks into the bread and makes it almost like a caramel bread pudding after baking!

overnight french toast casserole in a glass baking dish.

I could eat this overnight french toast bake for breakfast every day and be perfectly happy. It’s a serious dilemma for me at restaurants deciding what to order for breakfast — waffles, pancakes, or French toast. 9 out of 10 times I will go with the French Toast.  

My mom makes this version of it every year at Christmas. It’s perfect to make ahead and great for feeding crowds. Dust with powdered sugar, serve with fresh fruit, drizzle with maple syrup — you can’t go wrong.  Just make sure you scoop up some of that caramel goodness!

What’s Needed for Overnight French Toast Casserole? 

This is such an easy overnight french toast casserole recipe. Here’s all you’ll need to make it: 

  • Brown sugar
  • Light corn syrup
  • Butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla extract
  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Bread slices
Three slices of overnight french toast bake on a blue plate with a spoon.

How to Make Overnight French Toast Casserole 

  1. Bring the sugars, butter, corn syrup, and cinnamon to a boil in a saucepan, stirring constantly. 
  2. Remove from heat and pour into a greased 9×13-inch baking dish. 
  3. Slice the bread in half and arrange in the pan.
  4. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and extra cinnamon. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread. 
  5. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  6. Remove from the refrigerator while preheating the oven to 350°F. 
  7. Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes.

What’s the Best Bread for French Toast Casserole? 

You can use any bread you’d like for this caramel french toast bake. I prefer using a thicker sliced bread from the supermarket, but you can also make this more gourmet by using challah or brioche bread. 

Tips for Making Overnight French Toast Bake 

  • I prefer using mostly brown sugar in this recipe as it makes the sauce more caramel-y. If you use all granulated sugar, the sauce will be super sweet without much flavor. 
  • Be sure to cut the bread slices in half before placing them in the pan. This way you can make two rows of bread. 
  • Once the french toast casserole has been baked, it’s best enjoyed immediately. Top with syrup, whipped cream, or pecans. 

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Caramel Overnight French Toast Casserole

4.16 from 20 votes
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Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 408kcal
Author: Emily Grace


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 10 slices bread


  • Bring the sugars, butter, corn syrup, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon to a boil over medium heat in a small saucepan, stirring constantly. 
  • Remove from heat and pour into a greased baking dish. 
  • Slice the bread in half and arrange in the pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs, milk, vanilla, and remaining cinnamon together. 
  • Pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread. 
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator while preheating the oven to 350°F. 
  • Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 156mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 186mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Calcium: 131mg | Iron: 2mg
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Saturday 29th of February 2020

Looks great. A few questions--pan size?, baking temperature? Should you wait until the caramel layer cools down before pouring on the egg mixture? thanks


Friday 17th of August 2018

Can this be frozen and baked later?


Tuesday 3rd of April 2018

This looks wonderful? How would I go about freezing it for a later date? Thanks for any info :)

Lisa | Sweet and Savory Breads

Sunday 30th of August 2015

Looks sooooo decadent! Caramel is my fave (along with chocolate) Sharing will my followers tomorrow!

Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe

Thursday 20th of August 2015

OK, this one could be dangerous! I can easily see myself stabbing someone with a fork if they tried to get between us! ;)

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