This Overnight Vanilla Chai French Toast Bake Recipe is an easy make-ahead breakfast casserole that’s a wonderful treat during the holidays or Sunday morning breakfast. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare and is made with a surprise ingredient: vanilla chai tea bags! Serve with syrup, whipped cream, or fresh fruit.
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Oh, Christmas morning breakfast…you trouble me so. I love the idea of having breakfast after all the gifts are unwrapped, but the reality is that I’m so tired (after staying up late the night before wrapping said gifts), that the last thing I want to do is go into the kitchen and make breakfast. Because of this, many years we don’t have anything special for Christmas morning. Sometimes we’ve had something fun like cinnamon rolls, but usually it’s YOYO (You On Your Own)…which means cereal, leftovers from Christmas Eve, or who knows? Probably some Christmas cookies.
I know….not your Pinterest-perfect Christmas morning, right?
Of course, with just a bit of planning, I can pull off a Christmas breakfast. Actually, the key is planning AND an easy idea. To the rescue is overnight breakfast casseroles, or in this case, Overnight Vanilla Chai French Toast Bake. A recipe that you make the night before (with minimal steps), put in the fridge, and pop in the oven the next morning. And, it will take you no more than 15 minutes to prepare…awesome, right?
Say hello to the tea that gives this french toast bake awesome flavor: Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea. Bigelow’s Vanilla Chai is one of my top favorite flavors and it’s so good in this Overnight Vanilla Chai French Toast Bake. To get enough of the Vanilla Chai flavor into this recipe, you’ll steep 6 Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea bags in 1 cup of hot water for 5 minutes.
This creates a highly concentrated Vanilla Chai that (once cooled) is stirred into an beaten egg mixture.
Cut a 1 pound loaf of French Bread into cubes and the pieces are placed into a well-buttered 9×13″ baking dish. I buy a cheap loaf that costs about $1 – $1.50 at the grocery store — I’ll even use day-old French Bread that might be marked down because it works just as well.
The Vanilla Chai and egg mixture is poured directly over the bread cubes. Do this as evenly as possible — I make sure all the pieces get egg mixture on them, so if any are dry, I’ll push them down a bit so they get moistened too. After doing this, you will cover it and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
After your French Toast Bake is in the fridge, make up the oat streusel topping and store it in the refrigerator until you need it. The next morning, pull your French Toast Bake out of the oven and sprinkle with the topping.
Bake in the oven until browned and beautiful. Let cool a bit and serve by the spoonfuls.
In our house, we have a couple different ways to top the Overnight Vanilla Chai French Toast Bake: syrup, powdered sugar, whipped cream and fresh fruit. Each person makes their serving however they like. It’s a sweet breakfast, so not something we have everyday, but it’s a wonderful treat during the holidays or even as an occasional Sunday morning breakfast. It can even be served as a dessert — it’s great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Here’s the complete recipe – ready for you to print! If you aren’t ready to make this yet, be sure to pin this to your Christmas or breakfast Pinterest board.Print