Overnight French Toast with Praline Pecan Butter

French Toast Casserole with Pecans

Overnight French Toast with Praline Pecan Butter makes waking up a special treat. This decadent casserole puts everyone in a good mood!

French Toast Casserole with Pecans

With all the company I’ve had you can bet that I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Of course lately it’s been so hot that I haven’t worn sleeves, but even so this French toast casserole is a true wonder. My kids love it and served up with some crisp candied bacon and fresh fruit, this overnight French toast with praline pecan butter makes me just love Paula Deen. Yep. This is one of hers and every now and then it tastes good to have some real Southern comfort. Food, that is!

French Toast Casserole

Loaded with cream and brown sugar and tons of pecans and yes, lots of butter; it may not be health food but it sure is good for the soul. Of course Zoe and boyfriend went for a run afterward and worked it all off. I’m not sure how I raised two kids who like to exercise. Exercise for me just pains me to think about it, though I do like a good walk. And I do like Pilates, but I’m not good at putting exercise first. I’m much better at putting this casserole first which means I’m constantly having to fight the bulge. But bulge facing is not fun when the kids are home. I just don’t think they will remember a fruit bowl as a special breakfast, but then again I suppose I should give it a try the next time they are here.

So yes, this overnight French toast praline casserole is heavenly and very simple to make. I’ve told you many a time that I love waking up and just popping something in the oven. In the time it took Zoe to retrieve her grandparents from the hotel, this casserole managed to give our house a cinnamony warm aroma. Everyone walked in and we were ready to sit down and eat. Well devour is more like it. This casserole seems to bring out the appetite in everyone!

Overnight French Toast Casserole with Praline Pecan Butter

So if you want to avoid this decadent and deadly delicious overnight French toast with Praline Pecan Butter you could try this stuffed avocado and cheese French toast from Noble Pig. Or if you can’t decide between a sweet or savory breakfast, which always seems to be Zoe’s problem, you could try this peanut butter and banana honey stuffed almond crusted French toast from The Noshery. You might need a big mouth for all of that!

Just for the record this overnight French toast casserole with praline pecan butter isn’t gluten free. It isn’t butter free. And it certainly isn’t calorie free. But it sure is good. And it keeps ’em coming home. Which is about all a mother could ask for!

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Overnight French Toast with Praline Pecan Butter

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French Toast Casserole with Pecans

Overnight French Toast with Praline Pecan Butter

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 to 90 Minutes
  • Total Time: 65 to 90 Minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Overnight French Toast Casserole with Praline Pecan Butter always has them coming back for more!



1 loaf of soft French or Challah Bread 13-16 oz (not a baguette)

8 large eggs

2 cups half and half

1 c milk

2 T sugar

1 t vanilla

1/4 to 1/2 t cinnamon

Dash of salt

Praline Topping

2 sticks butter

1 c packed brown sugar

1 c chopped, toasted pecans

2 T light corn or maple syrup

1/2 t cinnamon


Slice bread into slices about 1″ thick. Place in a buttered 13 by 9″ baking dish in two rows and overlapping the slices.

In a large bowl combine the eggs, half and half, milk sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Beat with a whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly. Cover the bread with plastic wrap and press your hand over the wrap to make sure all slices are submerged. Refrigerate overnight.

To make the praline pecan butter combine all ingredients for topping in a bowl and blend well. Refrigerate overnight.

The next day preheat oven to 350. Remove French toast from casserole and bring to room temperature. Bake in oven for 40 to 90 minutes. This really depends on how cold the casserole got overnight. Spread praline pecan butter on the top of the casserole. (Make sure it is softened.)

When baked and puffy and golden, remove from oven.  Garnish with more pecans and you may even want some maple syrup, but that is up to you!


Baking time will depend on how cold your casserole is to start with.

Don’t forget overnight chilling time. This gives the bread time to soak up all the eggs and cream.

Keywords: Overnight Casserole, French Toast, Praline Pecan Butter, Breakfast, Brunch

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  • Jeff the Chef
    February 20, 2019 at 7:55 am

    You can’t just say “candied bacon” and then run along as if nothing happened. Candied bacon?!?! Yes, I’ll have a side of that along with this delicious-looking French toast.

  • The Foodtrotter
    February 12, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    This is so delicious I’m melting! I want to try this recipe ASAP for a perfect breakfast!

  • Denise Browning
    February 6, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    Holy molly, Abbe! That toast is a real treat. My husband is crazy for pecans and he’d be thrilled to try your French toast.

  • Colleen
    February 5, 2019 at 7:41 am

    I’ll take the whole pan, please. Your topping looks soooo good!

  • All That I'm Eating
    December 31, 2018 at 3:22 am

    It’s been far too long since I’ve had French toast and this sounds so good with the pecans!

  • Dana @ Pretty Little Apron
    August 24, 2018 at 11:40 am

    This looks sooooooo good! Planning a baby shower brunch soon, must make! Thanks!

  • NancyC
    August 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    This French Toast sounds amazing. Praline and Pecan butter…what’s not to love about that! 🙂

  • Mimi
    August 1, 2018 at 1:25 pm

    That is beautiful. A beautiful site indeed!

  • GiGi Eats
    August 1, 2018 at 8:08 am

    Are you friggin KIDDING ME with this gorgeousness. You make me want French Toast so damn bad. I cannot even remember the last time I ever had it – ugh. I need to master a “GiGi Approved” bread before I can move on to anything else but YOU have inspired me ABBIE to GET ON IT!!! PS: Challah was one of my FAVORITE breads growing up!!!!

  • Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    August 1, 2018 at 1:13 am

    I will have to bake some Challah just to try this! Would be easier if I could come over for breakfast 🙂 Just to let you know, I am hosting International Scone Week and it would be great if you could take part: http://tandysinclair.com/international-scone-week-2018/

  • heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    July 31, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    this french toast casserole sounds dangerous! i love baking french toast, since it almost becomes a custardy bread pudding (:

  • sippitysup
    July 31, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    I generally don’t care for sweets first thing in the AM. Even things like donuts seem more suited to end a meal than start the day for me. Still, I know this would be delicious and I know I could find some hungry hour in the day to gobble it up. GREG

  • Holly
    July 31, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    Oh my goodness! Visitors at your house must be excited to smell this baking in the kitchen — what a way to start the day!
    Looks great, Abbe!

  • Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    July 31, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Wow Abbe – I’ve always wanted to try an overnight casserole like this – so I’m making yours next chance I get! It looks fantastic.

  • John / Kitchen Riffs
    July 31, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Butter has so much flavor, I never want a butter-free dish. In fact load more on, I say! Anyway, this looks wonderful — tons of flavor, and so convenient — love overnight casseroles. Really. Good. Stuff. Thanks. 🙂

  • Healthy World Cuisine
    July 31, 2018 at 5:33 am

    This overnight breakfast looks killer good. Fun for overnight guests and for the kids for sure. Just pinned.

  • Liz
    July 31, 2018 at 4:35 am

    What a magnificent breakfast treat! I love overnight casseroles for company and this one is worth the calories 🙂

  • angiesrecipes
    July 31, 2018 at 1:46 am

    wow I am drooling over that praline topping…so darn good!