Overnight Pear Cinnamon & Pecan French Toast

Overnight Pear French Toast Casserole

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Perfect for busy mornings or large family gatherings, this delicious Overnight Pear French Toast Casserole is easy to make and freezer friendly.


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  • 4 cups pears, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter

French Toast:

  • 1 loaf crusty French bread
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk (I prefer whole milk)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Grease the baking dish with butter, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add the pears, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and ¼ cup brown sugar and mix well to coat the pears evenly; set aside.
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the 4 tablespoons butter and add the pear mixture and cook gently until heated through, about 5 minutes, set aside.
  4. Tear the French bread into chunks and evenly distribute in the greased baking dish.
  5. Whisk together the eggs, milk, heavy whipping cream, brown sugar, maple syrup and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread in the baking dish.
  6. Scatter the pear mixture over the top, making sure to scrape the remaining butter into the dish as well.
  7. To make the topping, mix the flour, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and salt in a separate bowl. Stir together using a fork.
  8. With a pastry cutter, gradually work the butter into the flour mixture for about 3 or 4 minutes until it resembles coarse crumbs (about the size of peas). Then mix in chopped pecans.
  9. Scatter topping over the top of the French toast.
  10. Cover and refrigerate until the morning.
  11. When you’re ready to bake the French toast, preheat the oven to 350°F.
  12. Uncover casserole and bake for 45-60 minutes depending on desired texture of the casserole.


This Overnight Pear French Toast Casserole can be frozen. When I plan on freezing the casserole, I prefer to use a disposable aluminum foil pan so clean up is even more of a breeze. Bake this dish as directed and allow it to cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil and freeze for up to three months. Allow the casserole to defrost in your refrigerator for about 24 hours before reheating. Uncover and bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes.


Keywords: Overnight Baked French Toast

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