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Wake up to the smell of a warm Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole during the holiday season. Prepare this casserole the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. This is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with company or your family. 

Wake up to the smell of a warm Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole during the holiday season. Prepare this casserole the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. This is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with company or your family. 

OVERNIGHT GINGERBREAD FRENCH TOAST CASSEROLE

The holidays are upon us guys. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away? Today we are celebrating with this Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole featuring Handsome Brook Farm eggs.

If you still are looking for a breakfast dish to serve your guests over the holidays this Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole is the perfect dish. I love making overnight breakfast dishes when I have company because it saves me time in the morning, and I can have it ready when my guests wake up. Overnight recipes are such a lifesaver during the holidays when we would rather be spending time with family then in our kitchens! Nothing says welcome to your home like the warm smell of gingerbread filling the room.

Wake up to the smell of a warm Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole during the holiday season. Prepare this casserole the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. This is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with company or your family. 

One of my favorite things about this Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole, other than the warm smell of gingerbread, is that it uses 8 organic pasture-raised eggs to add a good dose of protein into the dish. Today’s dish uses Handsome Brook Farm eggs that I introduced you to a couple of months ago with this Sun-dried Tomato Goat Cheese Frittata {another great holiday brunch recipe}. Their eggs are not only pasture raised eggs but also organic, which is very important to me when I’m feeding my family and loved ones. The organic certification means that the hens weren’t given antibiotics or artificial hormones, the supplemental feed is organic and the pasture that the hens are roaming on is free of pesticides and other toxics.

Wake up to the smell of a warm Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole during the holiday season. Prepare this casserole the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. This is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with company or your family. 

See those beautiful eggs right there? They come from their hens that have 108 sq ft of outdoor space per hen, which gives them the freedom to flap, flock, and forage to their hearts’ content.

They are happy and healthy which is so important. Handsome Brook Farms eggs are certified by American Humane that audits the farms regularly to ensure all of Handsome Brook Farms meet their high animal welfare standards. When using Handsome Brook Farm Eggs you ensure that your french toast casserole tastes its absolute best, because you are using the best, high quality eggs. Those rich golden-orange yolks with fresh whites are key in a great tasting dish.

When it comes to the perfect Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole make sure you try and use crusty bread. If your bread isn’t crusty enough you can leave it out overnight on the counter. This helps ensure that it will soak up the milk and egg mixture and helps to keep is crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

The spices in this casserole recipe are warm and rich and mixed with the syrup and molasses create the perfect gingerbread flavor. When I pull my casserole out of the oven I like to top it with a little powdered sugar, pecans and syrup before serving.

If you don’t have time to make this casserole overnight you can do it the same day–just make sure you let it set in the fridge for at least 4 hours. This recipe makes a big casserole which usually feeds about 8 people when I make it.

Wake up to the smell of a warm Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole during the holiday season. Prepare this casserole the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. This is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with company or your family. 

As we head into the holiday season keep this recipe on hand to share with those special people in your life. In my house we have a tradition of making a french toast casserole on Christmas Day and my kids always look forward to it. Who doesn’t love a warm, sweet casserole to dig into on a crisp winter day?

Wake up to the smell of a warm Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole during the holiday season. Prepare this casserole the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. This is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with company or your family. 

Wake up to the smell of a warm Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole during the holiday season. Prepare this casserole the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. This is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with company or your family. 

Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole

Yield: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Wake up to the smell of a warm Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole during the holiday season. Prepare this casserole the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. This is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with company or your family. 

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bread, challah, sourdough or soft French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes {if possible use day old bread or leave it sit out overnight to get crusty}
  • 8 Handsome Brook Farm Eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk {2 cups if using crusty bread}
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses {light or medium}
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the topping:

  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • Garnish with powdered sugar pecans and syrup

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9x13 pan with butter or spray with nonstick spray. Slice then cut the bread into cubes, about 1 inch in size. Spread cubes into the prepared baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl whisk the eggs, milk, syrup, molasses, vanilla cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and salt together. Pour the liquid over the bread. Cover the baking dish tightly with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for 4 hours but it works best if overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove the french toast bake pan from the refrigerator and take off the plastic wrap.
  4. Prepare the topping {this could be done the night before}. Stir together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove together in a large bowl. Using two forks cut in the butter. Sprinkle the streusel topping over the bread.
  5. Bake for 40-45 minutes for a softer casserole and 50-55 minutes for a bit crispier on the top.
  6. Serve warm with powdered sugar, pecans and syrup.

Notes

Leftovers can be saved in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

I like my casserole to have a soft inside and a crispy outside so I tend to bake mine for 50 minutes. If you like it softer you will want to do closer to 40-45 minutes.

I like my casserole to soak up the milk mixture so I always try to use crusty bread. If you don't have it on hand you can leave the bread sit out overnight. If you do use crusty bread use the 2 cups of milk as it will soak up the milk better.

Today’s post is sponsored by Handsome Brook Farm. As always, opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that allow me to create new and delicious recipes for you! 

Wake up to the smell of a warm Overnight Gingerbread French Toast Casserole during the holiday season. Prepare this casserole the night before and pop it in the oven the next morning. This is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays with company or your family. 

 

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Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

Monday 27th of November 2017

Overnight casseroles are the best option for the holidays!

Natalie

Monday 27th of November 2017

This is happening Christmas morning!! Iā€™m pretty sure this smells better than any scented candle i have.

Julia

Monday 27th of November 2017

It smells so good and it is perfect for Christmas morning!

Lynne | 365 Days of Baking and More

Sunday 26th of November 2017

I don't think there could be a better breakfast for Christmas morning! I can't wait for the aroma to fill our house while it's baking!

Christina

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

I'm drooling all over my keyboard as I type this. This casserole looks and sounds seriously mouthwatering!! Gingerbread is my favorite December staple so I can't wait to make this over the next month!!!

Julia

Tuesday 21st of November 2017

Thanks! It is so delicious. I hope you guys like it.

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