Holiday Eggnog French Toast Bake

French Toast. Eggnog. Holidays. Casserole.

Mmmm mmmm mmmm, yes please to all 4 separately, but add them together and my heart is SO happy!!

The BEST Eggnog French Toast Bake | This easy homemade recipe is Christmas in a pan. It is dairy free and can be made with the overnight option or 2 hour option. Finish it off with maple syrup, egg nog glaze, or whipped cream. Use french bread, eggs, cinnammon, nutmeg, and dairy-free eggnog to make the most delicious breakfast, brunch, or brinner this season. #holidays #families #casserole

Believe it or not, this Holiday Eggnog French Toast Bake has only been made for Christmas brinners in our house. However, we all know how lovely french toast is for breakfast so I would assume most of you would be making it for that.

Can you picture Christmas morning breakfast with this waiting for you on the table along with a hot cut of coffee? This is what dreams are made of. That and unicorns.

The BEST Eggnog French Toast Bake | This easy homemade recipe is Christmas in a pan. It is dairy free and can be made with the overnight option or 2 hour option. Finish it off with maple syrup, egg nog glaze, or whipped cream. Use french bread, eggs, cinnammon, nutmeg, and dairy-free eggnog to make the most delicious breakfast, brunch, or brinner this season. #holidays #families #casserole

This recipe has gotten a thumbs up from everyone who has tried it. 6 out of the 10 who have tried it were children and you know they don’t lie. 

#dairyfree Eggnog French Toast #holiday Bake for breakfast, brunch, or brinner! Click To Tweet

Plus, this casserole literally makes our holiday season complete and I know you will feel the same way! My husband said it reminded him of caramel rolls because of the “caramel” on the bottom of the pan.

The BEST Eggnog French Toast Bake | This easy homemade recipe is Christmas in a pan. It is dairy free and can be made with the overnight option or 2 hour option. Finish it off with maple syrup, egg nog glaze, or whipped cream. Use french bread, eggs, cinnammon, nutmeg, and dairy-free eggnog to make the most delicious breakfast, brunch, or brinner this season. #holidays #families #casserole

Can I be honest with you? I have never made from-scratch caramel rolls, because well, they are just too much work. I am sort of a lazy cook. Creative and dedicated, I would like to think, but too many steps and I’m out. 

The BEST Eggnog French Toast Bake | This easy homemade recipe is Christmas in a pan. It is dairy free and can be made with the overnight option or 2 hour option. Finish it off with maple syrup, egg nog glaze, or whipped cream. Use french bread, eggs, cinnammon, nutmeg, and dairy-free eggnog to make the most delicious breakfast, brunch, or brinner this season. #holidays #families #casserole

When you are done assembling the simple Eggnog French Toast casserole and you lift it off the counter to transfer to the fridge, you will see that gorgeous layering! The caramel layer on the bottom with the bread and custard mixture on top.

Shut. The. Front. Door. That’s what it’s all about folks.

The BEST Eggnog French Toast Bake | This easy homemade recipe is Christmas in a pan. It is dairy free and can be made with the overnight option or 2 hour option. Finish it off with maple syrup, egg nog glaze, or whipped cream. Use french bread, eggs, cinnammon, nutmeg, and dairy-free eggnog to make the most delicious breakfast, brunch, or brinner this season. #holidays #families #casserole

I feel this needs to be said because I get a lot of questions about coconut sugar. Feel free to use whatever sugar you have on hand. You know I am a coconut sugar lover, but brown sugar, sucanat, or white sugar works just fine. By the way, if you are a true over-the-top nutmeg lover you may want to grate some fresh nutmeg on top of casserole after baking is done. 

The BEST Eggnog French Toast Bake | This easy homemade recipe is Christmas in a pan. It is dairy free and can be made with the overnight option or 2 hour option. Finish it off with maple syrup, egg nog glaze, or whipped cream. Use french bread, eggs, cinnammon, nutmeg, and dairy-free eggnog to make the most delicious breakfast, brunch, or brinner this season. #holidays #families #casserole

When serving, drizzle with maple syrup, homemade eggnog glaze (powdered sugar and eggnog combined into a smooth consistency), or whipped cream!

Merry Christmas to you and you and you! I hope your holiday season is blessed beyond measure.

The BEST Eggnog French Toast Bake | This easy homemade recipe is Christmas in a pan. It is dairy free and can be made with the overnight option or 2 hour option. Finish it off with maple syrup, egg nog glaze, or whipped cream. Use french bread, eggs, cinnammon, nutmeg, and dairy-free eggnog to make the most delicious breakfast, brunch, or brinner this season. #holidays #families #casserole

 

Holiday Eggnog French Toast Bake
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This easy homemade recipe is Christmas in a pan. It is dairy free and can be made with the overnight option or 2 hour option. Finish it off with maple syrup, egg nog glaze, or whipped cream. Use french bread, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and dairy-free eggnog to make the most delicious breakfast, brunch, or brinner this season.
Servings
8 servings
Servings
8 servings
Holiday Eggnog French Toast Bake
Print Recipe
This easy homemade recipe is Christmas in a pan. It is dairy free and can be made with the overnight option or 2 hour option. Finish it off with maple syrup, egg nog glaze, or whipped cream. Use french bread, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and dairy-free eggnog to make the most delicious breakfast, brunch, or brinner this season.
Servings
8 servings
Servings
8 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 Tbsp butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup coconut sugar (or any sugar you have on hand)
  • 1 loaf french bread (14 oz), cut into 1" pieces
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cup So Delicious eggnog (DF)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Spray a 9x13 glass pan generously with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add coconut sugar and combine. DO NOT BOIL! You will end up with caramel. 😉 Remove from heat. Pour into prepared glass pan.
  3. Arrange bread cubes on top of sugar mixture.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, eggnog, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla to make the custard. Pour the custard evenly over bread cubes. Press down gently on bread to make sure it soaks up the custard mixture.
  5. Tightly cover glass pan and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight. It depends on the time frame you are on!
  6. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake covered for 45 minutes. Remove foil. Bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until the entire casserole is puffed and golden brown on top. A knife inserted into the middle should come out relatively clean .
  7. When serving, drizzle with maple syrup, homemade eggnog glaze (powdered sugar and eggnog combined into a smooth consistency), or whipped cream!
Recipe Notes

Any bread would work in this recipe. If you choose a different type of bread just make sure you have at least 14oz of it.

I love making my own eggnog from Lauren's recipe at Oatmeal with A Fork, but if you don't choose to do that the So Delicious brand has an excellent one that has very clean ingredients.

I cut this recipe in half and bake it in an 8x8 pan if it is just the 4 of us. A 9x13 would be dangerous if left in the fridge calling to me at all hours of the day. 😉 

This recipe was inspired by so many I saw on Pinterest years ago: 

Make Ahead Egg Nog Casserole

Eggnog French Toast Bake

Eggnog French Toast Casserole

The BEST Eggnog French Toast Bake | This easy homemade recipe is Christmas in a pan. It is dairy free and can be made with the overnight option or 2 hour option. Finish it off with maple syrup, egg nog glaze, or whipped cream. Use french bread, eggs, cinnammon, nutmeg, and dairy-free eggnog to make the most delicious breakfast, brunch, or brinner this season. #holidays #families #casserole

 

 

 

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