French toast never tasted so good as when soaked overnight in eggnog. Assembled in only minutes with just 3 ingredients, this easy overnight breakfast casserole is perfect for the holidays.
While running a few weeks ago we were talking about food, of course, and what we were going to make over the holidays. A friend described an eggnog French toast recipe that she makes every year for Christmas.
I love eggnog, and always have some leftover, even after making eggnog cookies. An egg casserole with eggnog sounded fabulous, I couldn’t wait to recreate it for the morning of Christmas Eve.
With all the more complicated dishes I was preparing for Christmas, it was nice to have an easy overnight egg casserole to have ready for our Christmas eve brunch. The final product the next morning was toasted bread in a custard base with that great eggnog flavor. All with only 3 ingredients!
What you’ll need
- Eggnog – if you don’t like eggnog or it’s not available, you can use half-and-half instead. You will want to add cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla to recreate the flavor of eggnog. I use a good quality eggnog from Homeland Creamery which is a local dairy in the area. Their eggnog is the best.
- Eggs -these create a creamy custard.
- Bread – try French, brioche or challah just make sure it is slightly dry. If fresh, let it sit out all day to dry. Dry bread will soak up more of the custard.
How to make overnight French toast
Step 1: Slice dry French Bread into slices and place in the bottom of a casserole dish.
Step 2: Whisk together eggs and eggnog and pour it over the sliced bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Step 3: Bake for 45 minutes and serve.
While I love the eggnog flavor, my favorite part of eggnog French toast is the creamy custard that forms all around the bread. I tried it with maple syrup, and while good, it’s pretty good just warm out of the oven with a bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top.
You can use any type of bread, I like French the best but brioche or challah are great for overnight breakfast casseroles. A trick when making baked French toast is to use bread that is a little dry, it will soak up more of the liquid. If your bread is fresh, just cut it earlier in the day and let it sit out.
This is an awesome way to use up any left over eggnog. If eggnog’s not your cup of tea, then try a strawberry or blueberry baked French toast.
More breakfast ideas for the holidays
- Peach or apple baked pancakes
- Cinnamon rolls sweetened with pineapple juice
- Peach and blueberry coffee cake
- Traditional streusel coffee cake
- Breakfast melts
- The perfect quiche
- Sausage balls, traditional or with almond flour
FAQ’s and tips
You can use half-and-half for the liquid and add cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla to recreate the eggnog flavor.
French, brioche or challah are ones that I typically use. It just needs to be dry to soak up the custard.
Let it sit on the counter all day so that it can dry out. If you’ve forgotten, lay the bread slices on a baking sheet and bake for a few minutes.
Eggnog French Toast
- 8 eggs
- 3 cups egg nog
- 1 lb loaf French bread
- Butter a 9 x 13 casserole dish.
- In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and eggnog. Slice bread into 1-2 inch slices and place in the prepared pan. Pour egg mixture over bread and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Cover casserole with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue to back for 15 minutes or until bread is slightly toasted and custard is set. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired. Let cool slightly before serving.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- Make sure the bread is dry so that it will soak up the liquid.
- Let it come to room temperature before baking.
- You can substitute half-and-half for eggnog.
- Try using French bread, challah or brioche.
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