Valley Fig Growers

Overnight French Toast Casserole with Figs

During the holidays or anytime you’ve got a full house, this French toast for a crowd is the breakfast everyone will be excited to gather around. What makes it great for you is that this French toast casserole can be prepped the night before and then baked off in the oven in the morning. Easy!

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Casserole

Topping

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup raspberries

Optional Toppings for Serving

  • Raspberries
  • Maple syrup

Directions

  1. Grease a large casserole dish with butter. A 9x13-inch dish works well for this recipe. Set the casserole dish aside.
  2. Chop the bread into 1-inch chunks. Transfer the chunks into a large bowl.
  3. Chop the figs into quarters. If using large figs, chop them into smaller pieces. 
  4. Spread half of the bread chunks into the greased dish. Top with half of the chopped figs. Add the remaining bread chunks to the dish, and then top with the remaining figs. 
  5. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Whisk in the milk, sugar, and lemon zest and mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated. Carefully pour the egg and milk mixture over the bread and figs.
  6. Cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  7. When you are ready to bake the French toast casserole, preheat the oven to 375ºF. Position an oven rack to the center position.
  8. Melt 5 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. Turn off the heat and mix in the sugar and cinnamon.
  9. Remove the French toast casserole from the refrigerator and unwrap the pan. Using a large spoon, drizzle the melted butter mixture over the casserole. Sprinkle 2/3 cup of raspberries over the bread chunks.
  10. Bake the casserole for 33 to 40 minutes, until the bread on the top of the casserole is brown and crisp.
  11. Let the casserole cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve the casserole with more raspberries and maple syrup.

Recipe and photo by Lisa Lin

Nutrition Information

amount per serving

  • Calories 390
  • % Calories from Fat 34%
  • Fat 15
  • Cholesterol 145
  • Protein 11
  • Carbohydrates 53
  • Fiber 4
  • Iron 3
  • Sodium 340
  • Calcium 138
  • Potassium 336