This Crockpot French Roast Casserole is sweet and delicious. The perfect breakfast food that can be prepped the night before. Super easy to make and feels like a real treat.
Most of us want a little simplicity in our lives when it comes to food. Often with busy schedules we can be too tempted to reach for “grab and go” convenience foods or eat the same thing each week. Breakfast especially can be a meal time you overlook when busy, but not anymore. This Crockpot French Toast Casserole is going to transform boring breakfast times. Easy to prep ahead and the crockpot does all the hard work for you. What’s not to like?
This recipe uses a loaf of French bread and a quick tip would be to cut it up an hour before you start the recipe. This helps the bread to get nice and crispy. Another helpful hack would be to prep this the night before and then set a timer on your crockpot. This way you wake up and your delicious breakfast is all ready for you. You have to give this recipe a try.
If you really love French Toast, check out my article on 17 mouth-watering Crockpot French Toast Recipes.
Why You Will Like This Recipe
- Super easy to make – Once you have prepped all of the ingredients you can let the crock pot do all the hard work.
- Family-friendly – Everyone is going to love this sweet and tasty breakfast casserole.
- Simple ingredients – You only need a handful of ingredients to make this delicious breakfast and most of them you likely have in your home.
- Easily varied – Once you get the hang of this recipe you can jazz things up with the addition of different flavors and ingredients. I have a few suggestions later in this post.
- Ideal for special occasions – This would be the perfect breakfast for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning.
- French bread – You will want to cut up and cube the bread. The best bread to use is if it is day old. Or leave it on the counter for the day before you plan on making this recipe.
- Eggs – The eggs combined with the milk make for a delicious creamy custard when cooked in the crock pot.
- Milk – You can use whole milk, half and half, or your favorite plant-based milk.
- Cinnamon -The cinnamon flavor works well and adds a subtle warmth to the custard.
- Butter – The butter needs to be softened before being used in this recipe. The best way to do this is to leave it on the counter 30 minutes before you use it.
- Brown sugar – Adds extra sweetness and crunch to the topping of this French toast casserole.
- Granulated sugar – Adds a touch of sweetness and moisture to the French Toast.
- Vanilla – Vanilla flavor is perfect with the milk and egg custard you are making. You can use vanilla extract or essence for this recipe.
- Nutmeg – This is optional, but gives your Toast a delightful added flavor.
- Gather all of your ingredients together ready to prepare the casserole. Take one loaf of French bread, cut it into cubes, and place the bread cubes into a large bowl at least one hour in advance so it can get extra crusty.
- Meanwhile, place your eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, and cinnamon in another bowl and beat together until well blended.
- Pour your egg and milk mixture over your bread cubes and toss until all the bread is coated in the liquid.
- Spray your Slow Cooker or crock pot with cooking spray. Do not forget this step.
- Add your coated bread mixture into the slow cooker and press the mixture down into the Crock Pot.
- Take your butter, brown sugar, and cream together with a fork until crumbles form.
- Take your crumbles and sprinkle over the bread mixture.
- Cover and place in your refrigerator for 4 hours.
- You can cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
Substitions & Variations
- Add some chocolate chips to the mix before cooking in your slow cooker or crock pot. This will add some extra sweetness.
- Drizzle over some maple syrup before serving for a delicious breakfast treat.
- Serve with some cream or enjoy this as a tasty dessert with a scoop of ice cream.
- Add some roasted walnuts before serving for a crunchy nutty flavor.
Best Bread for French Toast Casserole
This recipe is made with a Loaf of French Bread. It is best when you cut it up at least an hour before it goes in the crockpot so it can get nice and crusty before you add the eggs and milk.
- You could use cooking spray or a crock pot liner for this recipe. The liner means less washing up.
- Set a timer for your crock pot so that you can prep ahead of time and then wake up to a delicious breakfast. This is also perfect for a late-morning brunch that you can prepare when you get up.
This French Toast Casserole is something that you can store. Leftovers will need to be cooled down and then transferred to an airtight container. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to five days.
When we woke up, the kitchen smelled so wonderful and the best part is you really don’t have to add much syrup to this dish. Using this homemade Vanilla extract really brings out the flavor. It is really moist and so delicious.
I have used French bread and given it time to crisp up by cutting it up for an hour before continuing with the recipe. You could also use stale bread or even brioche. You can leave it a little while cut up before adding it to the crockpot with your egg and milk mixture. You can also add it to the oven in an oven-safe pan at 160 degrees for 20 minutes.
Yes, it is! Soaking your bread in the egg mixture for too long is likely to be the culprit for a soggy consistency. The best advice is to ensure that the bread is coated only. You don’t want too much liquid.
This is delicious served with maple syrup, or just a sprinkling of powdered sugar. You could also add a spoonful of peanut butter. To make it more decadent you could drizzle some caramel or chocolate sauce over the top before serving. Add some protein as a side dish, like bacon or sausage.
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Crock pot French Toast Casserole
- 1 loaf of French bread cut up and cubed Bread is best if it is day old, or left on the counter for 1 day.
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups of milk (I use whole but you can use 2%
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg optional
- Take one loaf of French bread, cut it into cubes and place the bread cubes into a large bowl at least one hour in advance so it can get hard.
- In another bowl, place your eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and beat together until well blended.
- Pour your egg and milk mixture over your bread cubes and toss until all the bread is coated.
- Spray your Slow Cooker with cooking spray or use a crock pot liner. Don't forget this step.
- Add your coated bread mixture into slow cooker and press mixture down into Crock Pot.
- Take your butter, brown sugar and cream together with a fork until crumbles form.
- Take your crumbles and sprinkle over bread mixture.
- Cover and place in your refrigerator for 2-4 hours.
- You can cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours.
- Take out Crockpot insert and let the bowl come to room temperature before heating. This will prevent the Insert from cracking from the different temperatures.