My most requested recipe! Overnight French toast flavored with a touch of orange liqueur that’s baked casserole style on a bed of homemade caramel sauce.

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Serving overnight creme brulee french toast.

About Creme Brulee French Toast

Out of all the recipes I have ever made, this creme brulee french toast casserole recipe is the most requested one by far.

Because not only is it easy to make, but it’s also an overnight french toast, which means it gets even better if the French bread is allowed to soak for about eight hours.

And if you don’t have that kind of time, that’s okay, too – I’ve made this creme brulee french toast from start to finish in a single morning and it still tasted wonderful.

Creme brulee french toast casserole in a dish.

What is creme brulee french toast?

While there are many different recipes and methods for this dish, you can usually spot creme brulee french toast by three main characteristics:

  • A delicately crunchy top, typically from bread that peeks out above the rest of the french toast.
  • A center that’s softer than the top, typically from the bread being saturated by an egg mixture or a sweet under layer (or both!)
  • In many cases, this dish is baked as opposed to fried in a pan. Frying this french toast would require flipping, which would ultimately mix the bottom and top layers. To create the creme brulee effect, these two layers should have different flavors and consistencies (as explained above).

How long does creme brulee french toast last?

Once prepared, this french toast casserole can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to five days.

Can you freeze creme brulee french toast?

Yes, you totally can!

Once prepared, allow the french toast to cool completely, then wrap individual portions in plastic wrap (this can be individual pieces of bread or whatever you consider a serving size). Then, transfer the pieces of french toast to a sealed container or freezer bag.

Once frozen, this french toast can be frozen for up to one to two months.

Piece of creme brulee french toast with powdered sugar.

How to reheat french toast

There’s great news here, guys – french toast is perfect for reheating! And for one very important reason:

You can reheat it while it’s still frozen. Yep, that’s right – there’s no need to allow the french toast to thaw overnight in the refrigerator (although if you’d like to still do that, that’s okay, too.)

And for best results, I highly recommend reheating this french toast in the microwave. It’s a simple and effective way to heat up your dish and you don’t need to worry about the bread drying out or losing too much of that trademark french toast gooeyness.

Can this french toast casserole be made in advance?

Yes, it totally can!

In fact, this recipe is designed to be an overnight french toast, so all of the ingredients are mixed the day before, then covered and chilled overnight before baking the next morning.

However, this step is totally optional. There have been plenty of times when I’ve made this creme brulee french toast from start to finish, with no resting overnight, and it still turned out delicious.

Fork cutting powder sugar dusted french toast casserole.

notes & tips for the overnight french toast

  • I highly recommend using Jimmy John’s French bread for this recipe (whether it’s fresh or day old), but if you don’t have a location near you, any French bread you can get your hands on will work just as well.
  • For the orange liqueur, I’ve used both Grand Marnier and Cointreau. Both were delicious!

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How to make creme brulee french toast

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – If you have not already, make sure your bread is ready to add to the casserole dish. Whichever bread you decide to use, make sure that each piece would rest about 2 inches high in the baking dish. I like using day-old Jimmy John’s bread for this.

Step 2 – In a large bowl, add the eggs, half and half, vanilla, orange liqueur, and salt, then whisk together well.

Step 3 – In a small saucepan, melt the butter, then add the brown sugar and corn syrup. Cook & whisk constantly until the brown sugar has melted and the butter is absorbed. TIP: check the sides of the pan for an oily film-like line along the top of the sauce. Keep cooking and mixing until that film is almost gone.

Step 4 – Slowly drizzle the prepared caramel sauce in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish, coating it completely.

Step 5 – Place the sliced bread on top of the caramel sauce layer.

Step 6 – Drizzle the egg mixture over top of the bread, saturating each piece as much as possible. If needed, spoon the egg mixture out of corners and gaps to help cover the top of the bread.

Step 7 – Cover the dish and let the french toast casserole chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours (or ideally overnight).

Step 8 – Bake!

Step 9 – Serve with powdered sugar and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Fork cutting powder sugar dusted french toast casserole.
3.89 from 42 votes

Creme Brulee French Toast

30 mins prep + 40 mins cook + 8 hrs Chill Time
470 kcal
Yields: 6 servings
My most requested recipe! Overnight French toast flavored with a touch of orange liqueur that’s baked casserole style on a bed of homemade caramel sauce.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Cut the french bread of your choice so that it will sit about 2 inches high in a 9×13 baking dish. Set bread aside.
  • In a large bowlwhisk eggs together until yolks are broken up. Add in half and half cream, vanilla, orange liqueur, and salt, then stir until fully combined. Set bowl aside.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the brown sugar and corn syrup, stirring until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove caramel sauce from heat and immediately begin to pour in a 9×13 baking dish. Pour slowly so that bottom of baking dish is completely covered with caramel. See above video for example.
  • Arrange cut french bread in baking dish on top of the caramel. Bread should be tightly packed with minimal space in between.
  • Pour egg mixture over bread, saturating each piece as much as much as possible.
  • Cover baking dish and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or ideally 8 hours. Note: If you're in a hurry, chilling the dish can be optional, but bread will not be as saturaed with egg mixture.
  • Set oven to 350 degrees. Remove french toast from refrigeartor and allow to come to room temperature while oven heats.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until bread is puffy and the top is golden brown.
  • Let creme brulee french toast rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with powdered sugar (optional).

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 199mg | Sodium: 331mg | Potassium: 187mg | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 885IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 121mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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23 comments

    • Sneha
    • 5 stars

    Hi. The recipe looks so yummy and tempting to try. However, I have a microwave and no oven. Is it possible to make this over the stove or use the microwave for this?

    • Kate
    • 5 stars

    Made this for Christmas a couple of times. My fam adored it! It IS wonderful! Thx muchly!!!

    • Mylinda
    • 5 stars

    OMG! Made this xmas eve and baked it xmas morning. Was not complicated at all. Unbelievably decadent. One of the most delicious dishes I’ve EVER tasted. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

    • Nicole

    Do you leave it covered when you put the casserole in the oven?

      • karin Gutman

      could you add blueberries ?

      • Kera

      I had this same question. I just popped mine in and left the tin foil on. The video alludes to same day cooking with no tin foil….🤷🏻‍♀️

    • Carol
    • 4 stars

    When do you get the day old bread at JJ’s. First thing in the mornings or as they close. I didn’t know! I have this casserole made and in the frig for tomorrow morning. Can hardly wait to try it!

      • Chrisy

      Hey, Carol! I tend to go in the evenings for the day old bread, but technically, they should have some first thing in the morning, too. If you go at the end of the night you can also buy any fresh bread they baked that same day, but it’s a little more expensive. But any french bread will do 😀 I hope the casserole turns out amazing!

    • Eric Yee
    • 4 stars

    This is pretty hard to make compared to regular French Toast but it’s well worth the hassle haha

    • Peggy

    I love Creme Brûlée and French Toast so this looks incredible! Will need to cut the recipe in half since I live alone! How would you handle leftovers?

    • Bethany

    It looks so delicious!!

    • cakespy

    I can see why it’s the most requested…I just discovered it and already I can’t get it out of my head! Looks incredible.

    • Angela

    What’s the longest you’ve left this in the fridge before cooking? Do you think 15ish hours would be too long?

      • Chrisy

      Hey Angela! My longest was probably around 12 or 13 hours, but I think as long as it’s cooked within 24 hours, you should be fine 🙂

    • Laura

    This looks amazing and I for one will be trying it. One question, do you think orange extract would work in place of the orange liquor? I too buy jimmy johns day old bread all the time. I often will make my own sandwiches with it, buying my own meat and toppings. I’ve even stuffed it with seafood salad, bread and butter pickles, and tomato slices which is an amazing sandwich. It also makes a quick and delicious garlic bread. (Butter followed with a generous sprinkle of garlic granules with a light sprinkle of kosher salt. Throw it in a toaster oven at 350 for 2 min, followed by broiler until golden brown.) I have gone through the window and asked for 8 loaves of their day old bread before and they usually ask at that point what I will be using it for. (They want to make sure I’m not a business that is using their bread.) Just tossing it to my starving children! 😉 I will take the bread home, cut them in half and store them in gallon ziplock bags. They keep for 4-5 days at least and the kids can make sandwiches whenever they want for lunch.

      • Chrisy

      Hey Laura! Glad to find another Jimmy Johns bread fan, and I LOVE you ideas for it! Clearly I need to pick up more of it 😀 And yes, you can substitute orange extract for orange liqueur, but you’d use about 1/3 less. So since this recipe calls for 1 teaspoon orange liqueur, you could use about 1/4 teaspoon (or just a tiny bit more) and get the same flavor 😀

    • Kimberly @ Berly’s Kitchen

    This looks seriously amazing! Can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’ve never had a French toast casserole. YIKES!! Most of the time they look so blah, but not yours. I’m definitely missing out.

      • Chrisy

      Thanks Kimberly! Casserole style french toast is the best -if you end up trying it, I’d love to hear what you think 😀

    • Mary // Chattavore
    • 5 stars

    I love overnight French toast casseroles too! My an old friend of mine loves creme brûlée, so I’m thinking this is going to have to go on the rotation!

      • Healing Tomato
      • 5 stars

      I love this idea of creme brulee and French toast

    • Sandy Coleman
    • 5 stars

    Best stuff ever!! I remember when you made it for me.

    • Cody Williams

    This sounds more complicated than regular French toast….which I’m still mastering. Lolol

      • Claire Yi-Pellegrino

      You have to try it. So delish. I make it weekly now for a forced breakfast with Mom, minus handheld devices.

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