French Toast Casserole

I made brioche for the first time last week.  I used Julia Child’s classic recipe (which you can find here.)  It was perfect, buttery and delicious.  But, it took forever to make and I did not want one morsel to go to waste.  I had a leftover loaf and decided to turn it into a breakfast casserole.  This French toast casserole is super easy to put together and you can replace the chocolate chips with pecans or raisins if you prefer.


  • One loaf egg bread (such as brioche or challah), cut into cubes (about 10 thick slices of bread)
  • 8 eggs
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • Maple syrup, for serving


  1. Grease a 9×12 baking dish with butter.
  2. Spread the bread into the baking dish.
  3. Prepare the custard: whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla.
  4.  Pour the custard evenly over the bread.
  5. Cover and refrigerate the casserole for at least four hours or overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F.  Remove the casserole from the fridge about 30 minutes before baking.
  7. Dot the casserole with the two tablespoons of butter.
  8. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the top, pushing some down between the bread layers.
  9. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.  Let the casserole stand for 10 minutes.  Serve with maple syrup.


Homemade brioche

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