Special Gift Offer

Close 2 gift subscriptions for the price of 1

Breakfast / Brunch

French Toast Casserole with Pecan-Streusel Topping

Cast-iron cookware is a favorite in our Test Kitchen due to its supreme heat retention, the nonstick properties of the cooking surface, plus its durability. For breakfast, this French Toast Casserole is the best of creamy, custardy French toast, but with crisp edges and crunchy streusel, you’ll wonder why you never thought to make it this way.

We love make-ahead meals in the Test Kitchen. And this casserole benefits from being made the night before — allowing the bread to soak up more custard.


12 servings

Total Time

1 hour + chilling & cooling

Print Recipe

Share Recipe






Coat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with nonstick spray.

For the French toast, arrange bread slices in prepared skillet by lining the outside of the skillet, then working into center.

Whisk together eggs, cream, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt in a measuring cup with a pour spout; pour over bread, cover with foil, and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Remove casserole from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes. For the streusel, combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt; cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Stir in pecans and sprinkle streusel over casserole.

Bake casserole until bread is puffed and golden brown, 1 hour. Let casserole stand 10 minutes before sprinkling with powdered sugar and serving with syrup.


To add challah slices to the skillet, work from the outside in. When you get to the center, you may have to fold some pieces in half.


Place the skillet on a baking sheet before pouring the custard over top to help catch any overflow.

Nutritional Facts

Share Recipe:

Equipment/Special Ingredients Needed

Want to give this recipe a try?

Check out our recommendations for the necessary equipment and ingredients to make this recipe. All products featured on Cuisine at Home are independently selected by our editors; we may earn an affiliate commission from qualifying purchases through our links.

Reviews ()

Add Review

Latest Cuisine Issue Cover

Subscribe Today and Receive a Free Bonus Book!


You May Also Like

Looking for a little more inspiration or ideas? With appetizer, snack, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, side dish, drink, and dessert recipes, from grilling and barbecue to slow cooked, make ahead, and everything in between, we aim to help you in your cooking endeavors with straightforward and flavorful recipes.

Breakfast / Brunch

Cranberry-Orange Granola