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Crusty french toast casserole in a white baking dish



This easy recipe can be made the night before and baked in the morning. Crunchy, creamy, sweet, and satisfying, this luxurious brioche French toast is sure to be a family favorite.



For the casserole:

  • 1 large loaf brioche bread, torn into chunks (enough to yield 10 cups of bread chunks)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup spiced rum (like Captain Morgan), optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces cold cream cheese, cut into small cubes

For the topping:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place an oven rack in the center position.
  2. Lightly butter a 2-quart baking dish. Set aside.
  3. Tear the bread roughly into 1-inch chunks and place in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, buttermilk, spiced rum, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt until the eggs are completely incorporated into the other liquids.
  5. Pour the liquid mixture over the bread chunks. Using a large spoon, lightly toss the bread to fully coat the bread with the custard. Set aside.
  6. In another small bowl, mix the melted butter with the brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Using a spoon, drizzle the mixture evenly over all the bread chunks.
  7. Bake the casserole for 35 to 45 minutes until the center is set and the outer edges are golden brown and crusty.
  8. Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
  9. Sprinkle the top with powdered sugar, if desired and serve with maple syrup.


  • Serving Size: Serves 6 - 8