Paula Deen's Baked French Toast Casserole

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 20m
Ready In

"This one is a killer. I have served this may time for a brunch or for overnight guests. The prep time does NOT include the overnight soak time required in the recipe."

Original recipe yields 7 servings
841.2 Calories. More Nutrition

Why is my baked French toast soggy?

Soggy French toast casserole usually happens when you have too much dairy in the ingredients. The egg will not cook through and your French toast casserole will be soggy. You do want your Paula Deen French toast casserole to be crispy on the outside with rich and custard flavors of cinnamon and sugar. If you do not have vanilla extract try using an equal amount of real maple syrup and top off with fresh berries. This is a perfect casserole dish for Christmas morning or as a once in a while breakfast casserole.

Can French Toast Casserole be reheated?

This Paula Deen French Toast Casserole can be in the fridge for 3 days. Microwave individual portions 45 to 60 seconds. Or warm the French toast casserole in oven at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.

Can you make French toast with stale bread?

Slightly stale bread is perfect for making this paula deen french toast casserole. Stale bread will absorb the egg mixture better as it has less more moisture. Consider slightly toasting the fresh bread first.

Step 1

Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1 inch thick.

Step 2

Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9x13-inch baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping slices.

Step 3

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half and half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with wire whisk until well blended.

Step 4

Pour mixture over bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with egg mixture.

Step 5

Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Be sure that all slices are soaked

Step 6

Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

Step 7

The next morning, preheat oven to 350°F.

Step 8

Praline topping and spread it evenly over bread

Step 9

Bake for 40 minutes, until puffed up and lightly golden brown.

Step 10

Serve with maple syrup.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 (308.4 g), Calories 841.2, Total Fat - 53.8 g, Saturated Fat - 25.6 g, Cholesterol - 337.2 mg, Sodium - 705.1 mg, Total Carbohydrate - 74.4 g, Dietary Fiber - 3 g, Sugars - 41.1 g, Protein - 19.1 g, Calcium - 195 mg, Iron - 3.5 mg, Vitamin C - 0.9 mg, Thiamin - 0.4 mg.

Tips & Variations

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I halved the amounts and left the topping the same. Scrumptious is the word that comes to mind when I think of this! Paula out did herself again!

review by:
(12 Jan 2021)

Wayne Peters

Really loved this french toast casserole and will definitely make again! I added a little more cinnamon as I love the taste. The caramel crunch texture of this recipe is so good. Totally worth the five stars.

review by:
(6 Feb 2020)


This is great when you have a crowd staying with you and was enjoyed by all of us on a recent weekend with friends. I will make this for the holidays and it will be a real hit with my family!

(13 Sep 2013)