Gluten-Free Overnight French Toast Casserole
Suitable for your overnight guests, but will be loved by your family any time!
- One loaf gluten-free bread, 16 slices (or 8 slices of gluten-free French bread; see notes)
- 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark, coconut sugar works as well)
- ½ cup butter, melted (dairy or non-dairy), or slightly less than 1/2 cup coconut oil, liquefied)
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Cinnamon, to taste
- Powdered sugar, to taste, if desired
- Melt butter in a 9 x 13 baking dish. (I cut the butter into slices and pop the pan in the oven for a minute or so until the butter melts. Watch carefully if you use this method.)
- Add brown sugar to baking dish. Stir into butter until mixed.
- Place 8 slices of bread in the bottom of the baking dish.
- In large bowl, mix eggs, milk, and vanilla extract, beating well.
- Pour half of the mixture over the bread in the baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Add another layer of 8 slices of bread.
- Pour remaining egg mixture over the bread in the baking dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight. (Or make it in the morning, so you can enjoy it for “brinner” that evening.)
- Bake covered at 350F for 35 to 45 minutes. (Check at 35 minutes.)
- Serve with maple syrup or honey. We like a mixture of honey and melted butter as our “syrup.” You can also sprinkle your finished casserole with powdered sugar before serving with maple syrup or honey, if you wish.
If you wish to use gluten-free French bread and don't have a ready-made option, you'll find some terrific French bread recipes here and here.If using French bread, you'll place the 8 slices in the bottom of the baking dish and pour all of the egg, milk, and vanilla extract mixture over the slices.For an “eggier” result, you might want to add another egg to your egg, milk, and vanilla mixture.For prettier results, use your bread "heels" (ends of the loaf) on the bottom layer.Because there are only two of us, we could not eat all of this casserole immediately, so we ate it over several days. It did dry out a little, but it was nothing that a tad more maple syrup or buttery honey topping couldn’t fix!
Recipe by gfe--gluten free easily at https://glutenfreeeasily.com/french-toast-casserole/