ADVERTISEMENT

Coconut-Almond French Toast Casserole

Coconut-Almond French Toast Casserole
PREP TIME
15 min
YIELDS
8 servings

The buttery coconut-almond crust makes this French toast casserole truly special and offsets the creamy, fluffy texture of the bread. You’ll want to assemble the dish the day before to give the bread time to soak in the custard.

ADVERTISEMENT

Ingredients

French Toast

Unsalted butter, for greasing dish
9
slices Texas Toast or other thick-sliced bread
6
large eggs
3 ½
cups half-and-half
5
Tbsp granulated sugar
1
tsp pure vanilla extract
½
tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Coconut-Almond Crust

½
cup plus 3 tbsp sweetened coconut flakes
cup plus ¼ cup sliced almonds
5
Tbsp granulated sugar
5
Tbsp all-purpose flour
pinch salt
6
Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
1
large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
Confectioners' sugar and berries, for garnish, optional
ADVERTISEMENT

Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 300ºF. Lightly butter a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish.

Step 2

Lay the bread slices in one layer (it’s OK if they overlap a little) on a baking sheet. Bake the slices (to dry them out a little) for 6 minutes, then flip and bake for 6 minutes more. Set aside to cool.

Step 3

Whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, granulated sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Dunk each bread slice in the egg mixture to coat thoroughly and shingle the slices in the buttered casserole dish. Pour any remaining egg mixture over the bread. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Step 4

Put 1/2 cup of the coconut, 1/3 cup of the almonds, granulated sugar, flour and salt in a food processor and process until very fine. Add the butter, egg and egg yolk and process well to form a smooth paste.

Step 5

To assemble the casserole: Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spread the coconut-almond mixture evenly over the soaked bread slices. Top with the remaining 1/4 cup sliced almonds and 3 tablespoons coconut and bake until puffed and lightly golden and the custard is set (the center of the casserole will no longer jiggle when shaken), 45 to 50 minutes. Allow to cool for 1 hour before serving, or serve at room temperature.

Step 6

Serve with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and berries if using.

Rate Recipe

My rating for Coconut-Almond French Toast Casserole
ADVERTISEMENT