Overnight Cranberry Orange French Toast Casserole

November 22, 2016
5 Ratings
Photo by With Salt and Pepper
  • Serves 8
Author Notes

Show stopping visually and bursting with flavor. And the best part? You can make it a day ahead of time and wake up and bake it an hour before guests arrive. I'd say this one is a win-win... —With Salt and Pepper

What You'll Need
  • 1 13 ounce loaf Italian bread
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 3/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons fresh orange zest
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 pinch salt
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Tear bread into 1 inch pieces and spread evenly onto 2 baking sheets. Bake until dry, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  2. Coat a 10 by 7 baking dish with cooking spray or coconut oil and pack the dried bread down into the dish.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs through the cinnamon and pour over top the bread. Use your hands or a spatula to fully submerge the bread crumbs. Wrap dish tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. To make the topping, mix together the butter, brown sugar, walnuts, and salt. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight.
  5. Prior to serving, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap the casserole and evenly sprinkle the topping over the top. Place the baking dish onto a large baking sheet and bake for 55 minutes to an hour until puffed and golden.

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3 Reviews

Allan December 17, 2023
The issue is that there are no instructions on when to include the cranberries.
Tenely S. December 14, 2016
Your instructions don't match the ingredient list! "Eggs through Cinnamon" I think means whisk together all ingredients in the list from eggs through cinnamon. You forgot the cranberries. I would put with the bread in the pan before pouring on egg mixture.
With S. December 15, 2016
Thanks Tenely!! I see that I did forget to tell when to add the cranberries in. For some reason, I can't get in to edit that. Yes, eggs through cinnamon means whisking all of those ingredients together. Maybe I should've been more specific! Thanks for catching that!