Easy Overnight Baked French Toast

Friday! The weekend’s here, and I’m ready. I’m sure you are too. And this french toast is calling my name.

It’s calling your name too.

This is one of those magical recipes that tastes way too special to take only 10 minutes, if that, to prepare. We love it for those busy holiday mornings that call for something out of the ordinary, or as an easy Sunday breakfast, or I’ll even put some together on a weekday morning and we’ll have a simple breakfast-for-dinner. Seriously – beat together the egg and milk mixture, dip in the bread, lay it in the pan, pour the rest over the top, cover, refrigerate overnight. In the morning, pull it out, sprinkle it with pecans and a little sugar, and bake.

SO easy. It’s rich, but not too rich. With vanilla, nutmeg, and the crunch of pecans scattered along the top, you can’t go wrong. Serve with pure maple syrup and the weekend just got even sweeter.

Happy Friday!

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Easy Overnight Baked French Toast

Adapted from Martha Stewart
Serves 3 – 4


  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (plus another 1 tablespoon for sprinkling on top)
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh-grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 – 6 slices day-old French bread, sliced about 3/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, half and half, two tablespoons sugar, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture, and overlap in an 8-inch by 8-inch baking pan. Pour the remaining egg mixture over the top.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least two hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Remove from refrigerator, uncover and top with the chopped pecans, then sprinkle with sugar.
  5. Cover with foil and bake covered for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned. Serve immediately.

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6 Responses to “Easy Overnight Baked French Toast”

  1. Kiri W. Friday, March 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM #

    Oh man, this is my kind of French Toast! :) Looks to die for.

  2. Kristina Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 8:01 AM #

    o wow this looks soooooo good! I wish I wasn’t so lazy on the weekends because I am craving some of this french toast now!

  3. Mindy Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 9:05 AM #

    Looks delish!

  4. Annie Oakley's Kitchen Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 1:38 PM #

    I seriously love baked french toast recipes. French toast is my all time favorite breakfast item and what’s better than doing all the work the night before!

    Reply from Kare:

    Same here! And I’m with you. Nothing better than a lazy morning when all you have to do is just plop breakfast in the oven and that’s it.

  5. Minard Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 9:17 PM #

    I can’t something more if I have this “french toast”, this is really delicious… Yummy!