An easy homemade baked french toast casserole with cinnamon-sugar topping. This breakfast casserole is a family favorite that you can make-ahead and refrigerate overnight or bake now.
1loaf day old French breadwhole wheat, brioche, challah, or ciabatta, cut into 1-inch cubes
1tablespoonpure maple syrupor light brown sugar
2tablespoonslight brown sugaror pure maple syrup
Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place the bread cubes in an even layer in the dish.
In a large batter bowl (or bowl), whisk together the eggs, milk, 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread in the dish.
In a small bowl, stir together the melted butter, maple syrup or brown sugar and cinnamon. Drizzle over the casserole.
At this point, you can refrigerate the casserole overnight (covered) and bake in the morning, or let it rest for 20-30 minutes (in the refrigerator) and then bake right away.
When you are ready to bake the casserole, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10-15 minutes more, until the top is lightly browned. Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup, as desired.