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French Toast Casserole with Cinnamon Pecan Streusel

French Toast Casserole with Cinnamon Pecan Streusel

This baked French Toast Casserole with Cinnamon Pecan Streusel is a super easy make ahead breakfast or brunch recipe, perfect for Easter!
Course Breakfast
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8
Author Heather H. of Kitchen Concoctions: www.kitchen-concoctions.com

Ingredients

  • French Toast Casserole:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 (16-24 ounce) loaf Texas toast-style bread
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • --
  • Cinnamon Pecan Streusel:
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • --
  • For Serving:
  • Pure maple syrup, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using 1 tablespoon butter, generously grease a 9x13 inch casserole dish. Leave any extra butter in casserole dish.

  2. Cut bread into 1-inch cubes and place cubed bread in an even layer in prepared baking dish. Set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, and cinnamon. Pour French toast custard over bread in the casserole dish. (If not baking right away, cover dish and refrigerate. See note section above.)

  4. Prepare the Cinnamon Pecan Streusel by stirring together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Using a pastry cutter, fork or your fingers; cut cold butter into flour mixture until coarse crumbs are formed. Stir in chopped pecans.
  5. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over the bread mixture in the casserole dish. 

  6. Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350 degree-F oven, for 30-40 minutes until golden and French toast is set.

  7. Serve warm with maple syrup.

Recipe Notes

Substitutes:
Milk: Any milk will work in this recipe or you could use equal parts milk and half and half or cream.

Bread: I prefer the Texas toast style bread for this, but have used French bread, sourdough bread, whole wheat bread, leftover hot dog and hamburger buns and leftover croissants. 

Inspired by several recipes including one from Diamond Nuts