Cupcakes and Sunshine: Easy Overnight Bagel French Toast Casserole

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Easy Overnight Bagel French Toast Casserole

Rise and shine it's Tuesday morning time!

And boy oh BOY do I have a delicious recipe for you! This recipe is inspired by my Uncle Will, who is a genius in the kitchen. Big family breakfasts are a big thing when we all gather. I can remember waking up to the smell of crispy bacon, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and cheese grits growing up. And Uncle Will always added a dish that he would think up for each breakfast.

If I was to ask him for a recipe, I'm sure he wouldn't have one because he just makes delicious things off the top of his head with the ingredients he has in the house. I still remember to this day a delicious hashbrown casserole he made from scratch.

This morning, I decided to embrace my inner-Uncle Will and whip up this breakfast casserole without a guideline, but using the ingredients I had on hand.

One of my roommates, Carly, works for our church. And the benefits of having a bestfriend who works at our church means we get the leftover bagels from Panera each Sunday. (It's great for our college-student budgets!) I decided to use the bagels, some cinnamon, and a couple of eggs in this Overnight French Toast Bagel Casserole.

The best part of this casserole is that you can make it the night before. If you have guests over the next morning, you can just make it the night before and heat it before they arrive for breakfast. Easy Peezy.

First off, you will want to tear your bagels into pieces. I used an assortment of [leftover] bagels (blueberry, cinnamon, plain), but I highly recommend the cinnamon bagels. If you want a healthier casserole, you can always use whole wheat.

Next mix your vanilla, eggs, milk, butter, and cinnamon in a separate bowl.

Layer your bagels in a 9x9 buttered casserole dish. Pour the egg mixture on top. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cover with plastic wrap. Place in your refrigerator overnight or until guests arrive.

When ready, preheat oven to 350 and bake casserole for 25 minutes.

Ta-da! Easiest, most delicious breakfast casserole! You are going to LOVE it and your guests will as well. (My roommates are pretty excited about it.) Let me know if you give it a try!

Easy Overnight French Toast Bagel Casserole

3 cups of torn/chopped bagels
1 cup of milk
3 eggs
4 Tbs. of melted butter
1 Tbs. of vanilla extract
1 Tbs. of cinnamon
1/2 cup of brown sugar

1. Tear bagels into pieces
2. In a separate bowl mix milk, eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract, and cinnamon
3. Layer bagels in a 9x9 casserole dish. Pour egg mixture on top
4. Sprinkle with brown sugar
5. Let sit overnight and when ready, bake for 25 minutes at 350.

Hope your Tuesday is sweet, friends!


  1. Yummmy! Ps I love the quality of your pictures. What camera do you use?!

  2. Ohhh this is genius! I think the best cooks are ones that can make something amazing out of everyday ingredients. Love how creative this is and wish I had a slice instead of my normal yogurt and granola!

    1. you will have to try it Christine! i've been on a yogurt and granola kick lately and it is a nice treat!

  3. Oh man this looks good! I'm already dreaming of trying this with the pumpkin spice bagels!

    1. you are a genius!! With maybe a bit of pumpkin in the french toast batter?! YUM!

  4. okay yep I am TOTALLY making this!
    thanks for the recipe!!

  5. This looks amazing! Definitely gonna have to make this sometime.

    1. it's great for breakfast or brunch! (and maybe dessert too!)

  6. this is genius!! probably so filling too with the bagels. i'll have to try next time! xo

  7. I am definitely making this now!



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