Cranberry Overnight French Toast

Try make-ahead French Toast this holiday season! Seasonal and super flavorful, Cranberry Overnight French Toast is a lovely breakfast or brunch idea for any size gathering. Starring fresh cranberries, this French toast can be made the night ahead for easy entertaining and less stress the morning of. Paired with a homemade cranberry syrup, Cranberry Overnight French Toast is the perfect breakfast for Christmas morning or any holiday gathering!

A plate of cranberry overnight french toast

Cranberries.

French Toast.

Casserole.

Cranberry freakin’ Maple Syrup.

This final Christmas breakfast recipe I’m bringing y’all today is allllllllll kinds of delightful.

Especially if you’re into sweet breakfasts.

Cranberry Overnight French Toast in yellow casserole dish

That said, this breakfast isn’t too sweet. Because I don’t do stuff too saccharine these days. And because a too sweet Christmas breakfast is a pretty bad idea, especially if you have plans throughout the day, as opposed to just plans that morning. (Because, hi, a subsequent sugar rush then crash is inevitable when something is crazy sugar-y.)

I like to think this overnight French toast is the perfect holiday breakfast.

French toast casserole on stack of plates in front of casserole dish

This recipe starts off with a very stale baguette. (I recommend cutting it into 1″ cubes, then letting it hang out for a few days. It’s really challenging to cut into an already-stale baguette.)

The custard base includes milk, eggs, yogurt, maple syrup and vanilla extract.

And then we add cranberries to add a bit of brightness and tartness to the dish.

You make it the night before so the custard-y goodness can soak into the bread.

Then you bake it the morning of and serve it with homemade cranberry syrup, which I’m fairly positive I could drink a gallon of. You know, if forced.

Overhead view of french toast casserole on plate with casserole dish and drink

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A serving of Cranberry Overnight French Toast sits on a white plate, covered in cranberry syrup, with Pinterest text

Looking for another, different kind of breakfast for Christmas morning? I suggest checking out my Hearty Holiday Quiche, these Eggnog PancakesPumpkin Overnight French Toast Casserole and Praline French Toast!

If you’re all in for this overnight French toast, scroll on down to discover how easy it’ll be to make this year!

French toast casserole on stack of plates in front of casserole dish
Yield: 8 servings

Cranberry Overnight French Toast

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 13 hours 15 minutes

Try make-ahead French Toast this holiday season! Seasonal and super flavorful, Cranberry Overnight French Toast is a lovely breakfast or brunch idea for any size gathering. Starring fresh cranberries, this French toast can be made the night ahead for easy entertaining and less stress the morning of. Paired with a homemade cranberry syrup, Cranberry Overnight French Toast is the perfect breakfast for Christmas morning or any holiday gathering!

Ingredients

Cranberry French Toast Casserole

  • 1 baguette, VERY stale and cut into 1" cubes
  • ¾ cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cranberry Syrup

  • 1 ½ cups pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

Instructions

Prepare the Casserole (The Night Before)

  1. Place the cubed baguette in a ceramic baking dish.
  2. Sprinkle in the cranberries, and mix around until the cranberries and bread are interspersed.
  3. In a large bowl, measure in the milk, yogurt, maple syrup, eggs, vanilla and cinnamon. Using a whisk or a fork, stir until well combined.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients on top of the dry ingredients.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

Make the Cranberry Syrup (Please note that this can be done in advance or the morning of.)

  1. In a medium-sized saucepan, measure in the maple syrup and cranberries.
  2. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the cranberries have softened significantly.
  3. Strain, and serve warm.

Bake the French Toast Casserole (The Morning Of)

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Remove the plastic wrap from the baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle more ground cinnamon on top of the casserole.
  4. Bake the French Toast casserole for 45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  5. Remove from the oven and enjoy warm.

Notes

Can substitute vanilla or plain Greek yogurt in place of the plain yogurt in the recipe. (That's just what I had on hand!)

Please note that the total time does NOT include the overnight portion of the recipe.

The syrup can be stored in a mason jar for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8 servings

Serving Size:

1 serving

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 395Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 315mgCarbohydrates: 81gFiber: 2gSugar: 53gProtein: 9g

Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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