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Wake up to the cozy flavors of Fall + Winter with my Maple Pecan Sweet Potato French Toast Casserole recipe---Imagine fluffy bread steeped in a luxurious mix of eggs, almond milk + maple syrup, intertwining with luscious sweet potato puree. Topping it all off is a generous sprinkle of pecan crumble. Flavors that celebrate the warmth + comfort of the season in every bite, making it the perfect breakfast treat for cozy gatherings or lazy weekends. Make Ahead, Gluten-free, Nut-free + Dairy-free Option.
As a lover of French toast, let me tell you—this Maple Pecan Sweet Potato French Toast Casserole is AMAZING. Loaded with sweet potato goodness, infused with maple syrup, and topped with the most incredible crunchy pecan topping. It's a flavor bomb--- It's an ideal Thanksgiving breakfast, yet honestly, it's great for any occasion.
It's like having dessert for breakfast—it’s that delicious! It’s my go-to morning "pick-me-up." I love shaking things up from my usual eggs or oatmeal. Spending a little extra time to create fluffy pancakes or turning French toast into a casserole or trifle, like my Strawberry French Toast Trifle, always pays off big in flavor!
And if, like me, you can't get enough of French toast, don't miss my other delightful creations, like Balsamic Strawberry Brioche French Toast, the oh-so-good Caramelized Apple French Toast and the berry-filled Dairy-Free Blueberry French Toast. They're all here to satisfy your breakfast cravings in the most delicious way!
Making this recipe only requires a handful of ingredients--- Besides the ingredients, you'll only need a baking dish, whisk, mixing bowls, and a skillet or baking dish to prep and make this Sweet Potato French Toast Casserole.
Get all those dry ingredients mingling in a bowl until they're thoroughly mixed. Pour in that partially melted butter and give it a good stir with a spatula until it reaches that perfect crumbly, delightful texture!
Here, I’ve curated a list of baking essentials that I use to achieve my favorite baked goods, especially with this Maple Pecan Sweet Potato French Toast Casserole. Everything from my fave loaf pan, wooden spoons, parchment paper, and more. SEE THEM HERE!
The ultimate debate! Is french toast casserole just bread pudding? Basically, yes. Sure, bread pudding is a dessert, but who wouldn't want dessert for breakfast?! That's why this Sweet Potato French Toast Casserole is the perfect weekend meal. If you need a nap afterward, at least you don't have to go to work!
Bread pudding generally consists of cubed bread (preferably stale, day-old), eggs, and sugar. The custard-like texture emerges from the heat of the oven. When it's cooked, bread pudding has a moist, eggy texture that is sweet and undeniably delicious.
The result of bread pudding is essentially similar to French toast; crispy on the outside, eggy in the middle, and slightly sweet. Making French toast in a casserole is just easier because you don't have to stand over the stove, flipping each piece of bread!
For the best French toast bake, it's definitely all about the type of bread used. Traditionally, any bread (including regular sliced bread) can be used, but the following options truly make for the perfect bite + results in my opinion and it's always best to purchase an entire loaf and use slightly old bread:
If you are making French Toast Casserole for the first time, here are some tips and tricks for a successful delicious dish!
Use day-old bread. If you use fresh bread, the fresher the bread, the more moisture inside. Day-old bread absorbs the egg mixture much better than fresh, moist bread. For the same reason, croutons are commonly used in stuffing (which is a savory bread pudding). When it bakes, the stale bread will become eggy and light. The drier the bread at the beginning, the better the bread pudding texture.
Bake in a high-sided casserole dish. This french toast casserole can get bubbly in the oven, so to avoid any spillage, use a high-sided baking dish. You can also bake the casserole on top of a baking sheet for extra protection!
Definitely --- If you want to prep this french toast bake for the next day, simply pour all the ingredients into the baking dish (following the steps minus the crumble topping), cover it tightly, and keep it refrigerated for 24 hours. Remove from the fridge, reassemble, and let sit at room temp for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bake when ready to eat.
Absolutely! If you’d like to switch things up with the type of milk that you use for this french toast casserole recipe—–that’s totally fine! The world of plant-based milk is constantly expanding. From the classics like coconut milk, cashew milk, soy milk and almond milk, we now have delicious options like oat milk, and even potato and quinoa milk.
OK, so if you're in a hurry or just feel like french toast bake, but your bead isn't day old or stale just yet, no worries! There's a hack that works that'll get you the results you need in the knick of time:
Quick option: Lay your slices of bread onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 300 degrees for 5-10 minutes until it "drys out".
Overnight option: Lay your slices of bread on a baking sheet or wire cooling rack overnight. Air will quickly dry out the surface of the bread.
You can make this french toast casserole recipe you can be as simple or as decadent as you like when it comes to toppings-- While it already has a delicious pecan crumble sometimes it's nice to be a little extra--
Here are some other tasty toppings for your sweet potato french toast:
Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 1-2 days. To reheat, add the baked french toast in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until warmed through.
To make it gluten-free, simply use your favorite gluten-free sourdough or brioche as well as GF-friendly flour.
Yes! To make this recipe dairy-free, simply ensure that butter is vegan butter and the milk is plant-based.
Simply omit the pecans or replace them with seeds like sunflower or pumpkin for a nut-free option and be sure to use a nut-free milk!
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