Lightened Up Crème Brûlée French Toast

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A make-ahead baked creme brulee French toast casserole with a sweet sugar-coated bottom, perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast.

A make-ahead baked creme brulee French toast casserole with a sweet sugar-coated bottom, perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast.Lightened Up Crème Brûlée French Toast

More breakfast recipes you might enjoy are Bananas Fosters French Toast, Red Velvet Pancakes, and Hot Cross Buns.

This was a recipe make-over requested by one of my readers I was excited to tackle. The original recipe calls for a stick of butter, lots of eggs and half-and-half cream. Although this has been lightened up by removing the butter, replacing the cream with milk and most of the eggs with egg substitute, your guests will never know it. What’s better than waking up with a house full of guests and having a no-fuss breakfast when you wake up. Serve this with fresh fruit to complete your table.

This uses a half loaf of challah bread, so you can easily double this and make two if you have more guests.

A make-ahead baked creme brulee French toast casserole with a sweet sugar-coated bottom, perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast.

A make-ahead baked creme brulee French toast casserole with a sweet sugar-coated bottom, perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast.
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Lightened Up Crème Brûlée French Toast

311 Cals 13 Protein 60 Carbs 5.5 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Chill Time: 8 hrs
Total Time: 9 hrs
Yield: 6 servings
COURSE: Breakfast, Brunch
CUISINE: American
A make-ahead baked creme brulee French toast casserole with a sweet sugar-coated bottom, perfect for a Christmas morning breakfast.


  • 1 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • cooking spray
  • 10 oz Challah bread, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup egg substitute
  • 1-1/2 cups 1% milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Meyers rum, optional
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon


  • In a small heavy saucepan melt brown sugar and water over moderate-low heat, stirring, until smooth and melted, about 1 minute, then pour into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Arrange bread slices in one layer in baking dish, squeezing them slightly to fit.
  • In a large bowl whisk together eggs, egg substitute, milk, vanilla, rum, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and salt until combined well and pour evenly over bread.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F. and bring bread to room temperature.
  • Bake uncovered, in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 40 to 50 minutes.
  • Top with cinnamon and powdered sugar.



Serving: 1/6th, Calories: 311kcal, Carbohydrates: 60g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 5.5g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 173mg, Fiber: 0.5g, Sugar: 27g
WW Points Plus: 9
Keywords: baked french toast casserole, french toast bake, french toast casserole, french toast recipe, overnight french toast casserole

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  1. The challah bread I bought comes in rolls. Should I half them (a thinner layer) or put the whole roll in the pan to be smothered in the egg mixture?

  2. I've made this recipe a few times now and found the following are great additions: almond extract instead of rum (if you're avoiding alcohol), and golden raisin challah instead of plain (it was all my bakery had in stock on two occasions). Today was the first time I only did the prep 3 hours ahead, for a brunch, and it still turned out great!

  3. I posted this to FB as here I am, three years in a row, making this for Christmas morning breakfast. I will make it on Christmas eve, pop it in the oven first thing, and by the time we're done opening gifts, this will be waiting.

    I've followed your site for 4 years and have probably made 5 dozen of your recipes and many have become staples, like this one, in my rotation.

    Merry, merry Christmas and thank you for all that you do to keep us on point.

  4. Gina, can I substitute the milk with almond milk? Thanks!

  5. If you don't have egg substitute can you use egg whites?

  6. What's the purpose of the egg substitute?

  7. I am not really sure which is better, this or the bananas foster french toast but these are some of my favorite Skinnytaste recipes EVER.

  8. Oh my gosh… made this yesterday, cooked for brunch this morning. It was TO DIE FOR amazing. Paired with some fresh berries and cool whip. One piece was very filling for me. My husband opted for two pieces and is not totally stuffed! lol. So sweet, crisp on top, warm and soft in the centre. Definitely look for challah bread (egg bread), most grocery stores carry it and I presume it wouldn't taste quite the same without it. We will be making this for weekend, brunch, Christmas, any other holiday. SO GOOD!!!

  9. YUM that is all I can say about this!! My kids and I ate it and didn't leave any for my husband!! It's sooooo good!!

  10. This was amazing! I incorrectly read that one serving was 1/16 of the pan, but I think even that would be worth the 9 points plus! This is so easy and so delicious. I used challah rolls from Whole Foods, and it worked out great because each piece was in a small square. Thank you for this one!

  11. Absolutely delicious! And so easy. I had a lot of apples to use up, so I sauteed Granny Smith apples and put those on top. This will be our Christmas morning breakfast this year. – AmyF

  12. Do you think subbing vanilla soy milk would work with this recipe?

  13. Gina I made this over the weekend and I can't stop eating it! I used Splenda brown sugar and thickly sliced whole wheat bread and it is still delicious! I keep sneaking left over pieces. It would have definitely been more decadent with the challah bread but I would have probably eaten the whole thing in a day then.

  14. This was DELICIOUS! I made this for brunch with my friends. Thank you!

  15. Has this been done in a crock pot before?

  16. Love this so much! I'm making it for some company coming over. We're having a skinnytaste week! I try to cook as much from your blog as possible for my family to prove that healthy eating can be delicious! I froze some leftovers that my husband and I had and it was great. Just warmed it up in the microwave and instant breakfast!

  17. Absolutely amazing! I halved the recipe and used sheepherders bread but it still turned out perfect. I'm not a baker (at all!) so this was a triumph! Thanks Gina! I can't wait to try more of your recipes.

  18. Hey there! I absolutely adore this dish. But, my bread was a little soggy at the bottom. Did I do something wrong? (I used the Hawaiian bread)

  19. Thank you for making our Christmas morning a hit with this wonderful breakfast, not only did it taste great but it made the whole house smell great.

  20. Oh my god, that looks marvelous.