Slow cooker challah French toast is a one pot wonder! All the flavor of traditional French toast without having to stand over the stove. A great brunch dish to make for guests.Jump to Recipe
Breakfast food is in a class of its own. But, whoever invented the concept of brunch deserves an award. Brunch gives us an excuse to eat breakfast food later in the day. To that end, it's probably time to make Brinner a thing too because let’s face it, breakfast for dinner is also pretty awesome.
This challah French toast casserole couldn’t be easier to make and it is so good you are going to want it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (Breakfast, brunch, and brinner?)!
To make this slow cooker French toast recipe you will need:
- challah (or any loaf of bread you like to make French toast with)
🥣How to assemble
The first step is to beat the eggs together. All other ingredients are then added to the eggs and mixed in. The final item added should be the bread. Tear bread into golf ball-sized pieces and push it down into the egg mixture with a fork or whisk. make sure each piece has an opportunity to soak up a good amount of liquid. Last, let the mixture rest in the refrigerator for at least three hours. When you are ready, pop the mixture into your slow cooker vessel and cook for 2-3 hours on high or 4-5 on low.
Since I first posted this, I added a Crock-Pot 3.5 casserole style slow cooker to the family. When I made this in the casserole crock-pot, it takes closer to 4.5 hours to be fully cooked on low, but it cooked more evenly throughout. Since each slower cooker is different, I suggest using a good meat thermometer. According to the American Egg Board, any dish containing eggs like this one should reach an internal temperature of 165ºF to be considered ready to eat.
Although there are no wrongs or rights on how or when to serve this slow cooker French toast recipe, I suggest offering lots of fun toppings. Powdered sugar is the starting point. After that, it is up to your imagination. Maple syrup, whipped cream, chocolate chips, cinnamon sugar, Lazy Blueberry Sauce, and Lazy Boozy Banana topping are just a few that come to mind.
First and most important: don't expect leftovers! This dish is usually the first to go. In the rare event that you do have some left, it can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. If you won't get to it in that time period, it can be wrapped up and frozen. Frozen French toast will last in the freezer for 2-3 months. Leftovers are great reheated in the microwave or toaster oven.
😉Hints & hacks
- Although I am a big fan of slow cooker liners, I often forgo them when making this dish for aesthetic reasons. When serving to guests right out of slow cooker vessel, it is much nicer looking without a liner. Regardless of which method you use, you should spray either your slow cooker pot or liner with a non-stick spray.
- Stale bread works really well with this recipe! It will absorb extra egg mixture for an extra yummy dish.
- An extra benefit of using a slow cooker liner is that you can mix all the ingredients in the liner and then tie it up and place just the liner in the refrigerator overnight.
- If your slow cooker cooks unevenly (as some of mine do) rotating your slow cooker pot 180 degrees within the cooking element will help aid even things out. I try to do this about half way through the cooking time.
- Not a fan of slow cooker liners? Parchment paper works just as well with this particular recipe.
- In the market for a new slow cooker? Here is the one I am currently lusting after.
More great crockpot brunch ideas
❓Frequently asked questions
Yes and no. If you have a slow cooker that automatically turns to warm, you can set it to turn to warm after 3-4 hours. If you leave it on low all night, it will burn. However, if you want to serve it early, you can prep it the night before and let it marinate in the refrigerator. In the morning, pop it into your slow cooker and cook on high. Depending on your slow cooker, it could be done in just a couple of hours.
So many different breads are delicious with this recipe. Some favorites include brioche, baguette and sour dough. Cinnamon raisin bread also makes for an extra special treat!
My general experience with this recipe has been that if it is soggy, it needs to cook a little bit longer. Since each slow cooker is different, it is hard to predict a precise time your French toast will be done. But if you feel it is too wet, let it cook a little bit longer.
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Lazy Slow-Cooker Challah French Toast
- 6 quart slow cooker or casserole slow cooker
- 6 Eggs
- 2 cups Milk I used skim. Can substitute a non- dairy milk as well
- 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1.5 tsp Cinnamon
- Powdered sugar
- 1 loaf Raisin Challah If you have access to it, Zomick's challah is by far the best for this recipe
- beat eggs, add in milk, vanilla and cinnamon and stir together.
- Tear challah (or bread of choice) into golf ball sized pieces and toss into egg mixture. Stir until all chunks of bread have a chance to get soaked.
- Cover mixture with plastic wrap or airtight equivalent and place in fridge overnight (or at least 3 hours)
- When ready to cook, spray the inside of your slow cooker (or liner if you use a slow cooker liner) with non-stick spray.
- Pour mixture into slow cooker and cook 4-5 hours on low or 2 hours on high (depending on how hungry you are!). I suggest putting a paper towel draped across the top of the pot, but under the lid, to help absorb extra moisture. According to the American Egg Board,French toast should reach an internal temperature of 165°F to be considered fully cooked and safe to eat.
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