Baked French Toast

Baked French Toast with Crunchy Pretzel Topping

French Toast Casserole Plated

Baked French Toast with Crunchy Pretzel Topping

This family-favorite comes to you from “mama” Lynn’s kitchen. It’s a brunch favorite and can be made ahead of time! It pairs perfectly with a side of bacon and fresh berries. Lynn always dusts hers with powdered sugar before serving to make it extra special.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Overnight Passive 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 410 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 9x13 baking pan

Ingredients
  

For the French Toast

  • Butter for greasing
  • Brioche approximately 10 slices cubed
  • 8 whole eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract

For the Pretzel Topping

  • 2 cups Sweet & Salty Pretzels coarsely chopped
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar to dust the top before serving

Extras (if you want them)

  • Maple syrup
  • 1 cup Blueberries fresh, or strawberries
  • 1/2 cup Butter sliced

Instructions
 

For the French toast casserole

  • Grease a 9x13 baking pan with butter. Then, cut the brioche into cubes, and evenly distribute in the pan.
  • In a large bowl, crack the eggs in a big bowl and then whisk them together with the milk, cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Pour this mixture evenly over the bread.
  • Cover the pan tightly and store in the fridge until needed (overnight preferably).
  • When you're ready to bake the casserole, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the casserole from the fridge and uncover. Bake for 55 minutes and remove from the oven.

For the topping

  • Gently crush or chop the flavored pretzels to keep the pieces big enough for a crunch. Add the topping to the casserole and return to the oven for 5 minutes.
  • To serve, dust with powdered sugar and scoop out individual portions.
  • To serve, dust with powdered sugar and scoop out individual portions.

Notes

This baked brunch main tastes the best the longer you let the dish sit before you cook it; we recommend at least 4 hours, but overnight is best. 
Remember to add the pretzel topping in the last 5 minutes of cooking time so they retain their crunchy texture.

Nutrition

Calories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 8gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 221mgSodium: 243mgPotassium: 197mgFiber: 1gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 920IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 120mgIron: 1mg
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Nutrition Facts
Baked French Toast with Crunchy Pretzel Topping
Amount per Serving
Calories
410
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
24
g
37
%
Saturated Fat
 
13
g
81
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Cholesterol
 
221
mg
74
%
Sodium
 
243
mg
11
%
Potassium
 
197
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
40
g
13
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
36
g
40
%
Protein
 
8
g
16
%
Vitamin A
 
920
IU
18
%
Vitamin C
 
2
mg
2
%
Calcium
 
120
mg
12
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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