Overnight Peach French Toast

One of the many dream jobs I’ve held throughout my imagination’s illustrious career is to own a bed and breakfast. I’d have a wrap-around porch, bookshelves piled with Jane Austin novels and board games, and a five-star rating on Trip Advisor. My guests would visit from all over the world, and I’d be revered for my fabulous breakfasts. The Overnight Peach French Toast Bake would be legendary.

Overnight Cinnamon Peach French Toast Bake. Our favorite French toast casserole recipe!

Until Ben and I scrape together the down payment for a six-bedroom Victorian on Cape Cod, I’m content to live out my B&B dreams hosting friends in our Milwaukee late-1980s abode. We might not have a wrap-around, but our hammock is enticing and our stash of board games respectable. I also highly recommend the Overnight Peach French Toast, which I’m pleased to report received a five-star rating from our most recent guests.

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Overnight Peach French Toast Casserole with Vanilla and Bourbon. The perfect French toast bake recipe for summer!

Last weekend, one of my best friends from Minneapolis and her boyfriend visited Ben and me for the Fourth of July. We soaked in lake life, pigged out at a pig roast, and spent a lazy morning enjoying this Peach Overnight French Toast. While our guests praised its creamy vanilla custard filling and juicy cinnamon peach topping, the hurried hostess (yours truly) cherished it for the fact that 100% of the recipe prep was completed ahead, so in the morning, she could relax and spend time with her guests, instead of rushing around the kitchen.

Overnight Peach French Toast Casserole

OK, I’ll stop referring to myself in the third person now.

In all seriousness, overnight French toast bakes (or casseroles if you prefer), such as this peach French toast recipe, are my absolute favorite dishes for brunch entertaining. Others I love: Blueberry Coconut French Toast Bake; Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Bake; Pecan Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast Bake—clearly, I have an overnight French toast addiction, and unless the recovery plan involves more French toast, I’m embracing it.

Overnight Peach French Toast

Rather than sweat at my stove flipping single French toast slices while my guests wait and prior batches grow cold, I prep a French toast bake the night before, pop it into the fridge, then just slip it into the oven when I wake up. In the case of this Overnight Peach French Toast, I actually baked and froze the entire casserole a few days in advance, let it thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then reheated it in the oven in half of the original time.

I often use hearty multigrain loaves for my overnight French toast bakes (which are wonderful), but this time I decided to keep the flavor lighter by opting for a classic French baguette. For a full “peaches and cream” effect, I used non-fat evaporated milk for the custard (no heavy cream necessary) and a heavy pour of vanilla extract.

The very best Overnight Peach French Toast Bake. Made with vanilla, maple syrup, and a splash of bourbon, you won't be able to stop eating this easy French toast casserole recipe!

Several splashes of bourbon may or may not have worked their way into this Overnight Peach French Toast recipe as well. It’s how great breakfast legends begin.

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Overnight Peach French Toast

An easy recipe for baked overnight peach french toast casserole. With cinnamon, vanilla, and a splash of bourbon, this recipe is truly special.

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 large or 6-8 medium peaches (enough to yield about 2 1/2 cups sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons lightly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 8 ounces French bread, sliced (leave out for a few hours to stale if possible)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 (12-ounce) can non-fat evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup non-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon (optional but delicious)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional, for serving: Maple syrup, powdered sugar, butter, whipped cream, and/or Greek yogurt (plain or vanilla)

Directions:

  1. Peel the peaches: Bring a large pot of water deep enough to cover the peaches to a gentle boil. Carefully drop in the peaches, let boil for 1 minute, then remove with a slotted spoon and plunge immediately into an ice batch to stop the cooking. Run each peach under cool water—the skins should slip off easily. Slice, then place in a small bowl with the brown sugar and lemon juice. Stir lightly to coat and set aside.
  2. Lightly coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange the bread slices in a single layer along the bottom of the dish. Try to cover the entire surface of the dish, cutting or tearing slices to fit as necessary.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, evaporated milk, non-fat milk, maple syrup, bourbon, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Pour over the bread. Lightly press down on the bread slices so that the egg mixture runs over the top.
  4. Arrange the peach slices over the top of the bread, leaving any excess juices in the bottom of the bowl. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  5. The next morning, remove the pan from the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the French toast, uncovered, until the top is lightly browned and the center is set but still moist, about 45 to 55 minutes. Check at the 40-minute mark. If the French toast seems to be browning too quickly, tent with foil, then continue baking as directed. Let stand for 10 minutes, then serve warm with desired toppings.
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About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

22 comments

  1. I’m definitely ready for fresh peach dishes. I just made some fresh peach lemonade yesterday. Swoon. They  rock the summer for sure. 
    This looks like perfect way to start a summer day!

  2. You should totally buy a B & B and then parlay that into your blog, like the B & B blog where guests get to eat everything you blog. It would be awesome! Especially if there’s more of this. I love this!

  3. Oh gosh. hit me with ALL the peach recipes! This french toast looks totally insane and the easiest summer brunch!

  4. I always love making overnight French toast! It’s such a hands-off way of enjoying one of life’s greatest pleasures. :) One can just sip on coffee while the bake does time in the oven, then voile! Brunch is served. Thanks for a great recipe!

  5. This looks insanely delicious!! Peaches are one of my favorite flavors, so it’s nice to have ideas to do with them other than shoving them into my mouth :)

  6. Oh yummy!! This looks really good!! I’m glad y’all had fun last weekend! I did to,remember me telling you about the pig roast we were invited to well we did go and it was alot of fun!! Food, (pig of course) fun,fireworks!! And it didn’t rain!! Thank you Jesus!! I prayed about it!  

  7. That french toast looks perfect for breakfast time! And I love that it’s an overnight recipe – how awesome!! :)

  8. I hear ya girl. If I could save up a bit more money, I’d get a place along the Cape, too! Also, several splashes of bourbon are always welcome in baked treats around my house. Love this french toast!

  9. This is the second time I’ve seen an overnight breakfast item on your blog since I’ve started becoming a reader, and each time i’m like “i have to try doing that!!”. so i’m going to this weekend :)

  10. Gooey, sweet, delicious peaches and french toast sound like a dream! Delish :)

  11. I can’t wait to try this!!!

  12. So refreshing to see a baked French toast that uses some restraint in the amount of sugar! Just what I’ve been looking for!

  13. Patricia Gugliotta Reply

    I’m excited to try your recipe but also have to tell you that I live on Cape Cod and there is a beautiful B&B in Sandwich, MA right across from the Glass Museum. (Lots of tourists!) I think it is listed by Sotheby if you want to check it out. 

    Best Wishes!

  14. I tried this recipe yesterday for a brunch and it was amazing. Other peach french toast recipes that I’ve tried have been so cloyingly sweet that you feel like you’re eating straight sugar and I was hoping to find one that was naturally sweet. This recipe perfectly fit the bill. The natural sweetness of the peaches really came through and was delicious with fresh whipped cream on top. This is my go-to peach french toast recipe now…thanks for sharing! :)

    Ps. I needed about 3 1/2-4 cups of peaches for the top (I wanted it to be completely covered with them) and ended up supplementing with ripe unpeeled peaches I hadn’t boiled first. Still tasted great!!

  15. Looks delish! Unfortunately peaches are not in season now, any alterations for using frozen peaches?

    • Hi Korylea, I haven’t tried this with frozen peaches, so you’d be experimenting. Frozen fruit is often way more liquidy than fresh once it thaws, so if you’d like to give it a try, I would suggest fully thawing frozen peach slices, then draining them and blotting them with a paper towel to get them as dry as possible before adding them on top of the casserole. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

      • Thank you Erin. It worked perfectly by treating the frozen peaches this way.  Also, I eliminated the brown sugar, and instead drizzled maple syrup over the top while it was still hot.  It was a hit! I will definitely be making this dish again! 

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