Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole

This Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole will become a regular on your breakfast menu. Bread dredged in a cinnamon maple milk and egg mixture topped with pecans and a most delicious and easy maple syrup that takes the casserole to a whole new level.

Maple pecan French toast casserole recipe with pecans and topped with powdered sugar.

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The secret to getting the best breakfast French toast casserole is making sure you use the proper ingredients and proportions. You want to use a thick bread as the base, add the right amount of milk and egg mixture and any additional ingredients for flavor.

In this casserole, the maple and pecans is a phenomenal combination! The maple syrup glaze adds so much flavor to the baked casserole. This French toast recipe is the perfect balance of flavor, texture and appeal. 

Easy French toast recipe made with pecans and a maple pecan glaze.

How do you Make an Easy French Toast Casserole?

  1. Start by cutting the bread loaf or slices into about 1” cubes and layer them in a 9×13 casserole dish. TIP: Be sure chunks are layered evenly so when the milk mixture is added it’ll coat all of the bread pieces.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the milk and egg mixture. Pour over the bread coating all bread pieces. TIP: If not all of the bread was coated, gently mix to coat and press the bread down.
  3. Add additional pecans.
  4. Bake casserole.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the maple syrup. Pour syrup over casserole before serving.
  6. ENJOY!

Recipe for how to make French toast into a casserole.

What kind of bread is good for French Toast Casserole?

You want to use thick cut bread. Challah, Loaf of Italian, or brioche or French bread are all great choices. Cut bread to about 1″ thick cubes. 

How do you make French Toast Casserole Overnight?

There are two methods to prepare this casserole the night before.

  1. Method 1: The casserole may be prepared exactly per instructions, covered and refrigerated. Additional baking time will be needed as all of the ingredients are cold.
  2. Method 2: Cut the bread, top with pecans and cover in a casserole dish. In a bowl combine all of the ingredients for the milk/egg mixture. Cover bowl and refrigerate. Before baking, pour the milk mixture over bread.

Casserole dish used for this recipe: 9″x13″ Casserole Dish.

Up-close picture of this maple pecan French toast casserole with a spoon and topped with powdered sugar.

How long do you bake Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole?

You don’t want to overbake the casserole! Cover the dish and bake 20 minutes, remove foil and bake an additional 15-20 minutes until top of bread are crispy and golden. TIP: If baking overnight casserole, add an additional 5 minutes to the baking time with the casserole covered.  

Do you cover French Toast Casserole?

You want to cover the casserole dish for half of the baking time. If you don’t, the tops of the bread will become really crispy while the center will be uncooked.

Maple Pecan Breakfast Casserole in a baking dish dusted with powdered sugar.

How to serve French Toast Casserole?

This recipe is loaded with so many wonderful flavors, it can be served as is with a cup of hot tea/ coffee or a cold glass of milk.

However, I really enjoyed a side of plain whipped cream over top of the breakfast casserole. Whip the heavy whipping cream as the casserole is baking. The plain cream balances the sweetness of the casserole. (1 cup of heavy whipping cream is ideal for this size casserole.)

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5 from 2 votes

Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole

This Maple Pecan French Toast Casserole will become a regular on your breakfast menu. Bread dredged in a cinnamon maple milk and egg mixture topped with pecans and a most delicious and easy maple syrup that takes the casserole to a whole new level.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: french toast casserole
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 831kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf bread, see note
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup whole pecans

maple glaze-

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp heavy whipping cream
  • whipped heavy whipping cream, to serve, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cut bread loaf evenly into 1-inch pieces.
  • In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, heavy whipping cream, maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  • Add chopped pecans to mixture and mix with a spatula.
  • Layout bread pieces into a deep casserole dish. Pour egg mixture into casserole dish. Gently toss the coat all the bread. Add whole pecans.
  • Cover casserole dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F. Remove foil,  bake an additional 15-20 minutes, until tops of bread are golden.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan melt butter and maple syrup. Once melted, remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar and heavy whipping cream until well combined and thick glaze forms.
  • Once the casserole is baked, drizzle glaze on top and serve immediately.
  • Enjoy.

 

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Show 7 Comments
  • Inna 01/06/2019, 12:15 am Link Reply

    My family loves bread, maple syrup, and pecans, all in one and THEY WONT STOP TALKING ABOUT IT!! They loved it so much they ask me every morning for the “really soft and really good bread stuff”. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/06/2019, 1:51 pm Link Reply

      Thanks, Inna! That makes me so happy that your family enjoyed the French Toast Casserole. 🙂

  • Valentina's Corner 01/03/2019, 2:10 pm Link Reply

    So glad you liked the French Toast Casserole, Natalie. When picky eaters approve, it’s a double win, I’d say! 🙂

  • JESSICA 12/31/2018, 11:21 pm Link Reply

    This casserole looks so delicious! I’m sure emy family will love this!!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/01/2019, 12:19 pm Link Reply

      Thanks, Jessica for the sweet comment! I agree, I think they will love the French Toast Casserole.

  • Anna 12/28/2018, 5:25 pm Link Reply

    This was amazing! My favorite French toast casserole so far. The flavor is like the middle of a cinnamon roll, but not as heavy and overly-sweet. So so delightful! Thank you!

    • Valentina's Corner 12/29/2018, 1:09 pm Link Reply

      Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback on the French toast casserole. Made me smile BIG. So glad you thought it wasn’t overly sweet because that’s what we were going for. 🙂 🙂
      Thanks for visiting our online home.

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