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Treat your overnight guests with these double chocolate baked french toast casserole. It’s a delicious make-ahead breakfast to enjoy on a lazy morning.

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Treat your overnight guests with these double chocolate baked french toast casserole. It's a delicious make-ahead breakfast to enjoy on a lazy morning.

You know me, I love me some chocolate. And it was bound to happen… Chocolate french toast that is.

Rich and chocolate-y custard soaked french breads, studded with milk chocolate chips and baked to perfectly moist, but not soggy deliciousness. Ah, this is exactly what you want to wake up to every morning. Except this shouldn’t be your everyday breakfast, unless you’re one of those people who don’t gain an ounce no matter what you eat. Even then, I wouldn’t recommend. 🙂

This rich n’ sweet breakfast should be a special treat. For when you’re having overnight guests, for example. You’re going to be the best host/hostess ever! And don’t worry, you don’t have to wake up super early to whip this up. Prepare the casserole the night before, and simply pop it in the oven in the morning.

Let me show exactly how I make mine.

Couple of tips:
  • It’s important to choose the right kind of bread for perfectly moist, but not soggy french toast. The regular white sandwich bread simply won’t cut it. Instead, go for french-style loaf that isn’t pre-sliced. You want no thinner than ¾-inch slices for this recipe.
  • If you’re using fresh bread, you can make the casserole and bake it right away without overnight soaking. However, with staler bread, I’d suggest prepare it the night before, so that the bread can soak up all the delicious custard.
  • Although I prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate, for this recipe I highly recommend milk chocolate. Why? Well, I tested the recipe with both kinds of chocolate, and found that dark chocolate yields over-the-top rich french toast that’s just too much for early morning.
  • Whole vs skim milk… This isn’t a diet food, folks. Let’s go all out and use whole milk, ok? At the very least, use 2% milk. It’ll definitely make a difference here. With skim milk, you won’t get that nice n’ rich french toast I’m talking about here. If you’re feeling naughty, feel free to add a splash of cream even!
  • Turbinado sugar is similar to brown sugar, but has much coarser texture. If you don’t have it, just use regular brown sugar. I love how it adds a nice crunch.
  • Serve your freshly baked french toast with fresh berries and maple syrup! It’s truly a treat. Fresh fruits are completely optional, though I think berries pair well with chocolate adding a burst of freshness!
  • If you’re having a large company, you can easily double the recipe and bake it in 9×13-inch baking pan.

Treat your overnight guests with these double chocolate baked french toast casserole. It's a delicious make-ahead breakfast to enjoy on a lazy morning.

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Baked Milk Chocolate French Toast

Treat your overnight guests with these double chocolate baked french toast casserole. It’s a delicious make-ahead breakfast to enjoy on a lazy morning.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup (55gr) unsalted butter, melted
  • 10 slices french bread (about 3/4-inch thick)
  • 5 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt (or tiny pinch of table salt)
  • ½ cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon Turbinado sugar (can substitute brown sugar)
  • Maple syrup and fresh fruits for serving, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Pour half of melted butter in a 8×8-inch baking pan and spread it evenly on the bottom and up the sides.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cocoa powder and salt.
  4. Dip each bread slice in milk mixture and arrange them in the prepared baking pan, in slightly overlapping pattern. Pour the remaining mixture over the bread.
  5. Sprinkle the chocolate chips in between the bread slices and on top.
  6. Smear the remaining butter over the bread and sprinkle Turbinado sugar.
  7. With a spatula, squish the bread slightly to ensure they’re soaked with milk mixture.
  8. At this point you can cover the pan with an aluminum foil and refrigerate it overnight. In the morning, bring the casserole out to room temperature, while oven is preheating. Or you can bake it right away.
  9. Bake the french toast until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Serve warm with maple syrup and fresh fruits, if desired.

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

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12 comments

  1. this is my idea of heaven!! SO delicious

  2. Oh YES!  This would be my ultimate weekend breakfast. Can’t say no to chocolate and breakfast. Am having some girlfriends over from out of town so this would be good PERFECT!

  3. Loving the flavours, but you have won me over with the fact I can prepare this the night before. Brilliant!

  4. This looks SO good! The pictures have my belly rumbling 🙂

  5. Wow, it looks so good! And I love the video you made 🙂

  6. Oh this is so naughty that its awesome 🙂 Loving this!

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