Overnight French Toast With Praline Topping

by Alli

Overnight French Toast is perfect for weekend guests or any morning of the week. This french toast is made the night before and baked the next morning. The aroma is so wonderful and your guests will think you’ve been cooking all morning.

Pecans are my favorite nuts. Check out my Best Recipes Featuring Pecans. I also have a baked apple french toast that is perfect for fall or any time of the year. 

The praline topping on this french toast is amazing and adds so much flavor and crunch.

Whenever I’m entertaining weekend guests, breakfast always includes Overnight French Toast with Praline Topping. I found this recipe years ago, tweaked it quite a bit, and it’s always a big hit with my family.

When our dear friends from Norway came to visit a while back, I made this french toast and they raved about it and I had to share the recipe with them. 

This recipe does look like you fussed but it’s so easy to put together. I need to stop waiting until I have overnight guests to serve this french toast. It’s perfect anytime you want a little something different for breakfast or brunch. 

Overnight French Toast is so easy to make

Recently, we had family visiting from another state and as I was putting the french toast together I realized I had never shared this on my blog. So, here goes. 

Overnight French Toast with Praline Topping

You’ll need a large loaf of french bread – not the long, thin baguette.

Lightly grease a 13×9 baking pan. Slice the bread into 3/4 inch slices. You should have about 15-16. Place the bread slices in the pan, overlapping slightly.

Slice bread for casserole

Whisk together eggs, half and half, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, vanilla, and salt.

Egg Custard Mixture

Pour over the French bread, making sure you get between the slices. I like to push the bread down with my hands to make sure the milk mixture covers all the bread. 

Pour Egg Custard Over Sliced Bread

Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight. 

Praline Topping

I like to mix up the topping the night before when I prepare the bread. I place the topping in a bowl in the refrigerator overnight. When I’m ready to bake the bread the next morning, I pop the topping in the microwave for 30 seconds to loosen it up a bit.

You can also wait until the next morning to make the topping.

Mix together softened butter, brown sugar, pecans, nutmeg, cinnamon, and light corn syrup. Place in the refrigerator.

Praline Topping for French Toast

The Next Morning

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spread the praline topping over the bread. Bake 45 minutes or until golden.

Spread topping over bread before baking

Serve with syrup, if desired. The syrup is totally optional. It’s good with or without. Add a bowl of fresh fruit and breakfast is served. 

Overnight French Toast is so easy to make

Yield: 8 Servings

Overnight French Toast With Praline Topping

Overnight French Toast is so easy to make

Overnight French Toast with Praline Topping is delicious and easy to make. It's crunchy and slightly sweet.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 1 large loaf french bread
  • 6 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash salt
  • Syrup (for serving with french toast)

Praline Topping

  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Lightly grease a 13x9 baking dish. Slice bread into 3/4 inch slices. Place, overlapping, in the baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, ground nutmeg, cinnamon and salt.
  3. Pour egg mixture over the bread, making sure you get some of the mixture between the slices. Press down lightly to make sure all the bread is covered with egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. In a medium size bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, pecans, light corn syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. Place in the refrigerator overnight.
  5. The next morning, preheat oven to 350ºF. Spread the praline mixture evenly over the bread. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden. Serve with your favorite syrup.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 483Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 13gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 187mgSodium 264mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 2gSugar 37gProtein 9g

Data may not be completely accurate.

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Leftovers (if you have any) are also delicious. When there’s only four of us eating, I’ll place the leftovers in a smaller oven-safe dish and warm it up the next day. It’s just as good the next day. Or the next. 

Pour syrup over toast

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Janet July 9, 2019 - 10:30 am

Pralines as you know are pretty big here in the south. I think I would love this and going to pin so I can make when we have a full house here.

Jeanette July 9, 2019 - 10:38 am

You know this is going to happen! I need to make days. I know my family would love them and I love the idea of making them he night before so I don’t have to do any work the morning of.

Amber Myers July 9, 2019 - 10:58 am

Yes please! What a great breakfast. I know everyone would love it. Plus I’m a huge fan of pralines. One of my fave ice cream flavors is pralines and cream.

cait July 9, 2019 - 12:13 pm

yes girl yes – im a huge fan of breakfast for any meal of the day ha- def a big fan of pralines too and this would be awesome for french toast!

REna July 9, 2019 - 1:03 pm

My husband would go crazy for this french toast recipe. We love pralines in our house.

GiGi Eats July 9, 2019 - 1:36 pm

This recipe would 1000000% have me hopping out of bed in the morning!! Ha! Looks and sounds like a dream come true!

Kim July 9, 2019 - 3:21 pm

That looks delicious and so decadent. It would be a great option for a weekend brunch.

Heather July 9, 2019 - 11:03 pm

Wow! The ingredients sounds a lot like my husband’s french toast casserole! That looks amazing!!

Chef Dennis July 10, 2019 - 4:41 am

Praline Topping in a French Toast sounds delicious! Can’t wait to have a try!

Kathy July 10, 2019 - 11:48 am

Overnight french toast is always the best. I haven’t made it in so long though. I’d love to try your recipe with the praline topping. I bet it’s delicious.

Stacie July 10, 2019 - 3:33 pm

French Toast is a great breakfast meal. This overnight french toast looks amazing and so good.

Tasheena July 10, 2019 - 5:02 pm

I’m a huge fan of french toast. I can’t wait to make this for brunch for my family.

Ruth I July 10, 2019 - 5:30 pm

Oh wow. I need to try this recipe. A perfect breakfast, looks so yummy!

rika July 10, 2019 - 5:41 pm

What a wonderful idea! I really have to try this next brunch! I love french toast.

Louisa July 10, 2019 - 8:16 pm

OMG this recipe makes my mouth water. I love french toast. But Overnight French Toast With Praline Topping? Yes please! Saving and trying this recipe this month.

Shannon Gurnee July 11, 2019 - 10:19 pm

This looks like a delicious recipe. I’ve never tried anything like this before.

Heather July 14, 2019 - 7:40 am

HOly moly, this looks so good. Can’t wait to give this a try!

stephen micheal July 17, 2019 - 5:52 am

Hi, I want to say thanks for sharing this with us. The post is nicely written and covers all the points I am looking for.

Carly December 5, 2021 - 4:46 pm

Hi! I am wondering if I could bake two at the same time? I am making breakfast for our whole extended family soon here and would love to make this but need to make at least two. Let me know! Thanks!

Alli December 5, 2021 - 6:42 pm

Yes! It typically takes a little longer to cook – about 15 minutes longer.


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