Make-Ahead Christmas Morning French Toast

French toast casserole with maple syrup. Made with cream cheese cheese in the center. Fresh grapes and orange juice in background. Extreme shallow depth of field with selective focus on French toast.

The Christmas mornings of my childhood were not complete without a breakfast that included our family’s traditional baked French toast. I cannot recall a Christmas without it since my mom clipped the recipe from the newspaper in the early 1980s. I still have that newspaper clipping, frayed and yellowed, in her recipe box.

When I was young I remember “Overnight French Toast” being prepared before leaving to attend our church’s Christmas Eve service. We followed a “presents first, breakfast later” schedule after waking up on Christmas morning. This dish would get popped in the oven to bake while we opened gifts. I cherish simple family traditions like this that can easily be shared and continued.

Do you have a favorite holiday food memory? Perhaps you could incorporate this baked French toast into your Christmas morning traditions!

Mary's Make Ahead French Toast
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  1. 4 T. butter, divided
  2. 1 10-ounce loaf French or Italian bread
  3. 8 large eggs
  4. 3 cups milk
  5. 1 T. sugar
  6. 1/2 t. salt
  7. 1 and 1/2 t. vanilla
  1. Use 2 T. butter to coat 9x13-inch baking dish. Cut bread into 1-inch slices and arrange in pan. Beat eggs in a large bowl. Add next 4 ingredients. Pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. To bake, dot with 2 T. butter. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
  3. Cut in squares and top with maple syrup or your favorite jam or jelly.
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