This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Nothing beats the heavenly aroma and taste of a warm French Toast Casserole in the morning. Imagine classic French toast, but amplified with a rich, custard-like texture, baked to perfection with layers of cinnamon, apples, and pecans. Perfect for one or two people, this breakfast bread pudding dish turns your regular breakfast into a decadent feast.

Discover more delightful small batch breakfast recipes, including our savory Breakfast Casserole, classic Eggs Benedict, fluffy Sheet Pan Pancakes, and hearty Baked Oatmeal.

Why You’ll Love This French Toast Casserole Recipe

  • Effortless: Minimal prep time and an oven do all the heavy lifting.
  • Versatile: Great for brunch or a luxurious breakfast-in-bed experience.
  • Perfect For One Or Two People: This recipe makes one or two servings, so it’s perfect for a quick and easy breakfast or brunch.
  • Budget-Friendly: Ideal for using up stale or leftover bread.
  • Flavorful: A mouthwatering mix of apples and pecans gives this dish a unique twist.
A closeup of a small baking dish of breakfast bread pudding with bits of apples and pecans scattered on top.

RELATED: 20 Single Serving Breakfast Recipes Worth Waking Up To


If you have any ingredients leftover from this French Toast Casserole recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder.

  • Bread: Croissants bring a buttery richness, but you’re not limited here. Use 2 cups of cubed bread—brioche, challah, French bread, or even day-old white bread works well.
  • Milk, an egg, and heavy cream: These form the custard base of the bread pudding. Any milk—skim, whole, or 2%—will do. If you’re aiming for less richness, it’s okay to skip the heavy cream and go milk-only.
  • Brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla: These add layers of sweetness and depth. Honey or agave nectar can stand in for maple syrup if needed.
  • Sugar and cinnamon: A sprinkle atop your breakfast bread pudding adds a crisp finish. For sugar, granulated or even coconut sugar works, and cinnamon can be swapped for pumpkin spice for a seasonal twist.
  • Diced apples and pecans: For uniform bites filled with fruit and crunch, distribute these evenly and nestle them between the bread cubes. Walnuts or almonds can replace pecans.
  • Butter: Small cubes of salted butter add extra richness when dotted over the top.

By understanding your ingredients, you can play around with the recipe to make it truly your own.

Recipe Variations

Thinking of switching things up a bit? This dish is incredibly versatile.

  • Tropical Twist: Add some diced pineapple and coconut flakes.
  • Chocolate Chips: For a sweet, gooey surprise.
  • Banana & Walnut: A classic combination that never disappoints.
  • Mixed Spices: Add a pinch of nutmeg or cardamom for extra warmth.
Save This Recipe!
Get this sent to your inbox, plus get weekly recipes from us – all for free.

How To Make French Toast Casserole

See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Prepare the Custard Mixture: In a mixing bowl, combine milk, one egg, a splash of cream, brown sugar, maple syrup, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Whisk until well combined and pour this liquid over the cubed bread in your baking dish.
  2. Add Fruits and Nuts: Nestle diced apples and chopped pecans among the bread cubes. Finish by dotting the top with small pieces of butter.
  3. Preheat the Oven: Set your oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and let it warm up.
  4. Create a Water Bath: Boil water in a kettle. Place your filled baking dish inside a larger roasting pan. Carefully pour the boiling water into the roasting pan until it comes halfway up the sides of the smaller bread pudding dish.
  5. Bake the Pudding: Place the roasting pan containing the bread pudding dish into the preheated oven. Bake for 30 minutes to achieve a custardy texture and golden-brown top.
  6. Cool Down: Once baking is done, carefully remove both pans from the oven. Lift the bread pudding dish out of the water bath and place it on a wire rack to cool.

By following these easy steps, you’re on your way to creating a scrumptious bread pudding that’s perfect for breakfast or dessert!

Expert Tips

  • Choosing the Right Bread: For this recipe, I used two medium-sized croissants, cubed, to perfectly fill my small baking dish. Croissants offer a rich and buttery texture that pairs well with the other ingredients.
  • Alternative Bread Options: Don’t have croissants on hand? No worries! You can also opt for rolls, sourdough, or French bread as excellent alternatives. Aim for about 2 cups of cubed bread to ensure you have enough to fill your baking dish.

Serving Suggestions

Ready to elevate your Mini French Toast Casserole? From fresh fruits to syrups, there are multiple ways to amp up the flavor.

  • Fresh Berries: A sprinkle of blueberries or raspberries adds a tart contrast.
  • Maple Syrup: Drizzle some for that extra sweet kick.
  • Whipped Cream: For a dollop of creamy sweetness.
  • Yogurt: A scoop of Greek yogurt adds a tangy balance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a water bath?

A water bath, also known as a bain-marie, helps to distribute heat evenly during the baking process, preventing the edges from overcooking. It’s a simple technique: all you need is a larger pan that can hold your baking dish with at least an inch of space around the sides. A small to medium roasting pan is usually a good fit.

What size baking dish should I use?

For this specific recipe, a 5-inch baking dish with a 25 square-inch area is recommended. Using a similarly sized dish will ensure optimal results.

Alternative Baking Dish Options:
4×6-inch dish
6×6-inch dish (this will yield a thinner breakfast casserole)
6-inch round dish
6.5-inch cast iron skillet

If you would like additional information on the cooking and baking dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.
For examples of the dishes used at One Dish Kitchen, please visit our Store page.

Can I make French Toast Casserole in advance?

Yes, you can assemble the casserole a day ahead and store it in the fridge. However, the bread will absorb more liquid the longer it sits, so it’s not advisable to leave it unbaked for more than overnight. This could result in an overly soggy texture.

How do I store leftover French Toast Casserole?

Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

A partially eaten breakfast bread pudding made with bits of croissants on a tray.

Creative Uses For Leftover Bread You’ll Love

Don’t let that leftover bread go to waste! Check out these scrumptious ways to repurpose your extra slices, from homemade breadcrumbs to classic French toast.

Explore More Single Serving Breakfast Delights

If you’re on the hunt for more easy and delicious breakfast recipes that are perfectly portioned for one, you’ve landed in the right place. From overnight casseroles to fruity baked oatmeal, explore a variety of options to start your morning off right.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

If you’ve tried this french toast casserole or any recipe on One Dish Kitchen please let me know how you liked it by rating the recipe and telling me about it in the comment section below.

If you take a picture please tag us on Instagram (@onedishkitchen) we’d love to see it!

Your Cooking For One Source
Because you’re worth it

Mini French Toast Casserole

4.87 from 30 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Cool: 5 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
This incredible french toast casserole is made with bits of sweet apples and pecans. Perfect for breakfast or dessert and can be ready in minutes! This breakfast bread pudding recipe can serve one or two people.



  • 2 cups cubed croissants (or use another type of crusty bread)
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup peeled, diced apples
  • cup pecans
  • ¼ tablespoon salted butter , cut into bits
Save this Recipe!
Get this recipe sent to your inbox, plus get weekly recipes from us – all for free.


  • Place the cubed croissants into a 5-inch baking dish coated with baking spray or butter.
  • In a small bowl,whisk together the milk, egg, cream, brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Pour over bread.
  • Mix together the sugar and the cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle on top of the bread pudding.
  • Scatter the diced apples and pecans on top of the cubes of bread and gently insert them between the cubes.
  • Top with the bits of butter.
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • Boil a kettle of water. Place the baking dish with the bread pudding in a larger roasting pan.
  • Pour boiling water into the larger pan until it reaches halfway up the sides of the bread pudding dish.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Carefully remove pans from the oven. Remove the smaller baking dish from the larger pan. Place on rack to cool.


  • Choosing the Right Bread: For this recipe, I used two medium-sized croissants, cubed, to perfectly fill my small baking dish. Croissants offer a rich and buttery texture that pairs well with the other ingredients.
  • Alternative Bread Options: Don’t have croissants on hand? No worries! You can also opt for rolls, sourdough, or French bread as excellent alternatives. Aim for about 2 cups of cubed bread to ensure you have enough to fill your baking dish.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 634kcal, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 12g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 262mg, Sodium: 172mg, Potassium: 269mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 40g, Vitamin A: 1020IU, Vitamin C: 1.4mg, Calcium: 192mg, Iron: 1.3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Receive Our Latest Single Serving Recipes!
Sign Up for the weekly One Dish Kitchen Newsletter!!
Red 5-inch square baking dish with One Dish Kitchen branded paper sleeve around it.

Make 80+ Recipes With This Dish!

Ideal for home chefs, this individual square ceramic baking dish is safe for oven, microwave, freezer, and dishwasher. Simple to use & easy to clean!


I’m Joanie and I’m incredibly happy you’re here! Our aim is to inspire individuals with access to single serving recipes, education, and a supportive community that will enable them to enjoy the preparation of a meal that will nourish both body and soul.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. C says:

    can you use these recipes in the instant pot?

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      As of now, the recipes on the blog haven’t been tested in an Instant Pot. Most of them are tailored for traditional cooking methods like stovetop or oven baking, which means I can’t guarantee the same results if they’re adapted for a pressure cooker.

      However, don’t let this stop you from experimenting! While I can’t provide specific guidance for using an Instant Pot with these recipes, you might still experiment on your own if you’re comfortable with it. Just keep in mind that cooking times and liquid ratios can vary significantly when you switch from traditional methods to a pressure cooker.

      If you do try any recipes in your Instant Pot, I’d love to hear about your experience and any adjustments you made. Your insights could be incredibly valuable to other readers who might be wondering the same thing!

  2. Renay Gaye says:

    I’ve made this several times now and it’s always delicious. I always add crumbled sausage and leave the sugar off the topping for a sweet and savory combination. I’ve made the dish with various types of bread in order to use up what I have. Today I finally made it with croissants and OMG takes the dish to a new level. Definitely worth it. Thanks Joanie for all your wonderful recipes. One dish kitchen is my go to website when I want to make something new. Even when it’s not small batch!!!

    1. Joanie Zisk says:

      Thank you so much. I’m so happy you are enjoying our recipes.

  3. Deb says:

    Delicious! Half for dessert and half for breakfast! The hardest part was getting the water bath and 5×5 into my toaster oven!

  4. Anita VanDeSteene says:

    I can’t wait to start cooking.