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This overnight french toast recipe is made the night before and ready for the oven in the morning! Cast Iron gives it a beautiful crispness and the custard soaked bread is finished by baking to perfection.

Overnight French Toast

We have been making this recipe for years. Day old bread is slicked thick and soaked in the most amazing custard overnight. The next morning you have got a base that is ready to bake! 

The end result? 

The BEST French Toast Recipe

The BEST overnight french toast

This recipe has the wonderful added flavor of vanilla bean. When whisked into the batter you get an aromatic breakfast that is hard to resist. But there is also a secret ingredient. Orange juice adds a slight citrus zing giving it the perfect finish.

Ingredients you need to make french toast:

  • Day old bread
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla bean
  • Heavy cream
  • Orange juice
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Syrup

The BEST bread to use for french toast:

Quality ingredients can make or break your recipe. For this one, you want to focus on a quality bread. We like to use either day old French bread or Challah. I slice the bread at least a couple of hours, if not an entire day, before you are ready to prep the dish. Allowing it to slightly dry out helps give the custard a great base to soak into before baking. 

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How to make overnight french toast:

1. The night before you are planning on serving this disk, slice your bread. I slice ours about 2.5 inches thick. Place in a 9×12 dish and set aside.

2. Place the sugar and scraped inside of the vanilla bean into a small bowl. Whisk together until fragrant.

3. Whip the heavy cream, 3/4 of the vanilla sugar, orange juice, salt, and eggs and yolk. Once combined pour over your bread. Let that soak for 10-15 minutes. Turn the bread slices and cover in plastic wrap. Place into your refrigerator and let it sit overnight.

4. The next morning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the remaining vanilla sugar on top of your soaked bread pieces. Melt the butter in a medium sized cast iron skillet and place each of the pieces in the pan. Brown both sides. This should take about 3-5 minutes depending on your stove.

5. Once nice and toasted, place in your oven and cook for 20 minutes. Serve immediately with maple syrup.

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Overnight French Toast

Overnight French Toast

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This overnight french toast recipe is easy to make and full of flavor! The secret? Orange juice and vanilla bean!

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf of day old French bread
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs + 1 egg yolk
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • syrup

Instructions

    1. The night before you are planning on serving this disk, slice your bread. I slice ours about 2.5 inches thick. Place in a 9x12 dish and set aside.

    2. Place the sugar and scraped inside of the vanilla bean into a small bowl. Whisk together until fragrant.

    3. Whip the heavy cream, 3/4 of the vanilla sugar, orange juice, salt, and eggs and yolk. Once combined pour over your bread. Let that soak for 10-15 minutes. Turn the bread slices and cover in plastic wrap. Place into your refrigerator and let it sit overnight.

    4. The next morning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the remaining vanilla sugar on top of your soaked bread pieces. Melt the butter in a medium sized cast iron skillet and place each of the pieces in the pan. Brown both sides. This should take about 3-5 minutes depending on your stove.

    5. Once nice and toasted, place in your oven and cook for 20 minutes. Serve immediately with maple syrup.

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