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Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Overnight French Toast

Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Overnight French Toast

Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Overnight French Toast

There are a lot of “bests” involved in being a kid on holiday mornings, but most of my favorite memories revolve around sitting at the breakfast table eating pancakes or French toast or some other special occasion meal that my parents whipped up. Now that I’m an adult, I still love sitting around the breakfast table and indulging in the kind of meal that takes a little bit more effort than cereal and milk, but now I’m the one responsible for getting up early and getting it on the table before hangriness takes over my household. Seriously, I don’t know how my parents did it all those years!

Enter: the overnight French toast casserole. AKA total breakfast lifesaver. Basically, it involves throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pan the night before, letting them sit in the fridge overnight, and then baking them off the next morning. The beauty in this is that the bread actually requires that long soak so that it’s extra luscious and creamy on the inside even after a stint in the oven.

Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Overnight French Toast

In order to add a little extra holiday/winter cheer to this French toast bake, the custard is flavored with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. In addition, fresh or frozen cranberries are strewn on top just before baking to add some sweet-tart juiciness to the mix. Served with a drizzle of maple syrup, this is the perfect way to make your winter mornings feel more warm and cozy – but without all the fuss!

Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Overnight French Toast

Cranberry Pumpkin Pie Overnight French Toast

The perfect holiday breakfast--prepare it the night before, then pop it in the oven when you're ready to eat!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 -8 servings


  • 1 loaf day-old challah bread sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 12- ounces fresh or frozen cranberries


  • Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Place the bread slices in the pan in layers and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, heavy cream, sugar, eggs, pumpkin, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice. Pour the milk mixture over the bread slices, pushing the bread down so that they absorb the liquid. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next morning, heat oven to 350ºF. Remove the plastic wrap and scatter the cranberries over the top of the French toast bake, trying to tuck them into as many crevices as possible. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until cooked through and set. Serve warm with maple syrup, butter, and powdered sugar.


Adapted from Little Spice Jar.
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    December 7, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Looks delicious! If I made this ahead of time, refrigerated overnight, then froze it to have ready Christmas morning — do you think that would end up with a weird texture or a very soggy dish?

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      Joanne Bruno
      December 7, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Hi Pre! I’m not sure how well the milk/egg mixture will stand up to freezing/thawing before it’s cooking. I think you’re probably better off cooking it, letting it cool, freezing it, and then reheating it on Christmas morning.

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    December 9, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Cranberries look so good. I love the idea of a tart punch of freshness in such a rich dish.

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    November 18, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Neither my husband nor I are fans of pumpkin pie, but this recipe calls to me, I think because the cranberries would and a pleasant flavor jolt (for want of a better word). I definitely want to make this. Now I hope I can find Challah bread…

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    December 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    This recipe if really good. My entire family loved it. I made it for Thanksgiving weekend. I couldn’t find Challah bread so I used sourdough. The pumpkin flavor is not overwhelming. It sounds like a lot of vanilla for one recipe but it is the perfect amount.

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    December 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Made this for breakfast today, and my husband and I both enjoyed it greatly (he is not an easy sell for the new things I try). My husband did complain that it didn’t LOOK like French toast, but when I asked him if that was more important than how it tastes, he had no answer… Anyway, this recipe is defnitely a keeper. The one issue I had with the recipe is that I can’t get challah bread here, so I was’t sure that the loaf if sheepherder’s bread that I bought was a similar size. My pan ended up very full of bread, though it did settle down eventually.

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    December 13, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    5 stars
    This was fantastic! As with most recipes like this, I cubed the bread instead of slicing…easier to fill all the crevices this way. I also used half the cranberries because that’s all I had in the house and there was still enough piquant cranberry flavor for our taste. Will make over and over.

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