This easy recipe for Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole is everything you love about a classic French toast, just more delicious and way more convenient!
Sweet cinnamon raisin bread soaked in custard, baked till it's soft and gooey on the inside and crispy and caramelized on the outside! A slice of this feels like a treat!
Great Make-Ahead Breakfast
With this 'make ahead and bake later' french toast recipe, I've got you covered for busy mornings, weekend breakfast or brunch, holiday guests, and whenever you feel like having breakfast for dinner 😉 .
This recipe is easy enough for kids to put together for Mother's Day breakfast surprise too!
4-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole
My girls love French Toast that I make with Cinnamon Raisin bread. They also love the French Toast Casserole, which I make using challah bread, eggs, milk, and cinnamon. So I thought, why not combine the two and I came up with this recipe!
By replacing challah with store-bought cinnamon raisin bread, I was able to make this sumptuous breakfast using only 4 ingredients: bread, eggs, milk and maple syrup.
Overnight French Toast Breakfast Casserole
Ok, you're going to LOVE this french toast recipe even more when I tell you that you can assemble it the night before and bake it in the morning!
Whenever I have family or friends staying over, I feel breakfast tends to be more chaotic in general with different wake-up times and preferences . This Cinnamon Raisin French Toast casserole is my lifesaver for one of those mornings. It is a favorite for holidays or weekends when you have house guests.
I assemble it, cover it with foil and pop it in the refrigerator. Next morning, I bake it while I sip my coffee 🙂
This casserole is so much more convenient than flipping individual French toasts, and it looks like a million bucks when it comes out of the oven, or the Instant Pot.
How to Make French Toast Casserole in the Oven or Instant Pot
Step 1: Prepare the bread: Lightly grease an oven safe bowl or cake pan with butter or oil. Cube cinnamon raisin bread into about 1 inch pieces and add to the bowl.
Step 2: Make the custard: Whisk together milk, eggs and maple syrup.
Step 3: Pour over the bread pieces, pressing down gently so the bread soaks the custard.
Step 4: Let is rest for 5 mins. This allows the bread to soak up the custard and adds to the gooey texture.
Step 5: Cover the bowl with aluminum foil. Cook it in the Instant Pot, or bake it in the oven following the directions below.
Oven Baked Cinnamon French Toast Casserole
- Pre-heat the oven to 375F. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or till cooked through.
- Carefully remove from the oven using oven mitts. Let is cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Instant Pot French Toast Casserole
- Pour 1-2 cups of water in the inner pot, depending on the size of your pot. Place a trivet, and place the french toast bowl on top of the trivet.
- Close lid and set Manual/Pressure Cook for 15 minutes (high). Turn the pressure knob to sealing mode if using a DUO model.
- Once cooking time is done, carefully release pressure (QR), by turning the valve to 'venting' position in DUO models, or by pushing down the pressure valve in ULTRA models.
- Open the lid after the pin drops. Using oven mitts, remove the bowl. Cool 5 minutes before serving
Accessories Needed for Instant Pot French Toast Casserole
Optional but Recommended Topping
The topping is only 2 more ingredients, butter and brown sugar. It is optional, but I highly recommend it. This is how I make it:
- I place thin slices of butter all over the baked bread pieces.
- Then, I sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the bread.
- I broil it in the oven for 1-2 minutes, which melts the butter all over the bread and the caramelizes the sugar. DEE-LICIOUS!!
How to Multiply this French Toast Casserole Recipe
Making this recipe for a larger crowd is very easy! If you are multiplying this recipe, I recommend baking it in the oven. You can use two 9X13 inch casserole pans and make enough for everyone in one go!
Simple multiply all ingredients, use a larger baking dish like a lasagna pan, and bake it for the SAME time.
More Easy Breakfast Recipes from my Kitchen
French Toast Casserole (Instant Pot & Oven Recipe)
- 4 Slices Cinnamon Raisin Bread (store bought)
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk I used 2% fat milk,
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
Broiling in the Oven (optional step)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp butter thinly sliced, or chopped
Assemble the casserole
- Prepare the bread: Lightly grease an oven safe bowl or cake pan with butter or oil. Cube cinnamon raisin bread into about 1 inch pieces and add to the bowl.
- Make and add the custard: Whisk together milk, eggs and maple syrup. Pour over the bread pieces, pressing down gently so the bread soaks the custard. Let is rest for 5 mins. This allows the bread to soak up the liquid.
Instant Pot Method
- Cover the bowl with aluminum foil. Pour 1-2 cups of water in the inner pot. Place a trivet, and place the french toast bowl on top of the trivet. Close the lid and set Manual/Pressure Cook for 15 minutes (high) on sealing mode.
- When cook time is done, carefully release pressure (QR), by turning the valve to ‘venting’ position in DUO models, or by pushing down the pressure valve in ULTRA models.
- Pre-heat the oven to 375F. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or till cooked through. Carefully remove from the oven.
Topping: Optional, But Highly Recommended
- Thinly slice butter and place all over the baked bread pieces. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over the bread. Broil it in the oven for 1-2 minute or so, or until butter melts all over the bread and the sugar starts to caramelize. Cool for 5 minutes and dig in. Pour some warmed maple syrup and enjoy!
Notes & Recipe Tips
- This recipe has been tested in a 3 qt and 6 qt electric pressure cooker. If using an 8 qt, increase the water quantity to 2 cups.
- If making this dish for a larger quantity, I recommend baking it in the oven.
- The topping is optional, but highly recommended. It adds a ton of flavor and texture to this breakfast favorite.
- This casserole can be assembled a day ahead of time and refrigerated.
- Cook time = Pressure cooking time. The total time includes pressure building time, prep time and time needed for the bread to soak up the custard.
- If you are new to the Instant Pot pressure cooker, please read my FAQ on Instant Pot Terminology and Accessories to learn more.
This recipe was originally posted in 2018, but was updated in 2019 with new photos, helpful information, tips, and step-by-step photos.