This easy Cinnamon French Toast Casserole is a delicious and decadent spin on the classic breakfast! Made with buttery brioche, cinnamon, pecans and finished with a streusel topping, this breakfast bake is easy enough for lazy breakfasts with the family or elegant enough for serving a crowd on Christmas morning!
Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Prepare the custard: In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining French toast casserole ingredients (eggs through nutmeg). Pour the prepared custard (egg and milk mixture) over the bread. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap. Use your hands to gently press down on the bread so that all the cubes are soaking in the custard. Refrigerate overnight or set aside in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the streusel.*
Prepare the streusel: In a medium bowl or food processor, whisk (or pulse) together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Add in the butter and using your fingertips, fork or pastry cutter, mix the ingredients together until the butter resembles small crumbs. Stir in the pecans. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.*
Position rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the casserole from the refrigerator and let sit on the counter to remove the chill while oven preheats.
Bake: Uncover the baking dish and sprinkle the prepared streusel mixture evenly over the casserole. Transfer the the oven and place a large sheet pan on the rack below the baking dish (SEE NOTES). Bake for 55 minutes – 65 minutes, or until the casserole is set and no longer jiggly in the center. (If the top of the casserole starts to brown too quickly near the end of baking, lightly tent the casserole with aluminum foil and continue baking.)
Homemade cream cheese icing:
5 TBS Confectioners’ Sugar
3 ounces Cream Cheese - softened
2 TBS Milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of Kosher Salt
Whisk everything together in a small bowl and drizzle over French toast casserole
Yield is 8-10 servings. Nutritional information based on 8 servings.