The marriage of gingerbread and french toast in this make-ahead breakfast is perfect for holiday mornings. There’s nothing not to love about this Gingerbread French Toast Casserole!
When I think about Christmas, I immediately think about the recipes that make an appearance on our table year after year. On Christmas morning, we always have my Cinnamon Vanilla French Toast Casserole. It became a tradition over 10 years ago, and my family looks forward to a big plate of French toast after opening presents.
Make-Ahead Gingerbread French Toast Casserole
One of the great things about French toast casserole is that you can prep it the night before, then simply bake it in the morning. It makes for a no-fuss, hands-off breakfast that everyone will love. The truth is, on Christmas morning, I’d rather be sipping my coffee and watching my kids open gifts than standing oven the stove cooking breakfast. Anyone else with me on this?
Over the years I started playing around with different French toast flavor variations. I’ve made Pumpkin French Toast Casserole, Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole, and Brown Sugar Banana French Toast Casserole. My newest creation is this Gingerbread French Toast Casserole. It is filled with warm and comforting flavors of molasses, ginger, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Every bite tastes like the nostalgic flavors of the holiday season.
This is the perfect Christmastime breakfast, and there are so many different reasons to make it.
- Hosting guests → Gingerbread French Toast Casserole
- Christmas morning → Gingerbread French Toast Casserole
- The weather outside is frightful → Gingerbread French Toast Casserole
- Holidays got ya stressed → Gingerbread French Toast Casserole
This is the epitome of comfort food. Trust me when I say that you will look for any reason to whip this up. This recipe also works great if you’re in a breakfast-for-dinner mood. A chilly night, a crackling fire, and a big plate of Gingerbread French Toast. Sigh. I’ve got warm fuzzies just thinking about it.
- 1 15-oz loaf day-old French bread, cut into cubes
- 8 large eggs
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1 cup half and half
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup molasses (not blackstrap)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- Place the bread cubes in a greased 2 1/2 - 3 quart casserole dish.
- In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, half and half, brown sugar, molasses, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Once well mixed, pour evenly over the bread cubes. Allow to soak for a few minutes, then carefully stir to ensure that all the bread is coated in the custard. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours).
- In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Add butter and stir until combined. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to bake the french toast.
- Remove french toast from the refrigerator (most or all of the custard should have been absorbed). Sprinkle the topping evenly over. Bake uncovered at 350°F for 40-50 minutes, until the center is set.
- Serve warm with maple syrup.
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