Christmas Day Breakfast: Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole

Enjoy Christmas Day Breakfast: Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole! Make ahead this delicious moist breakfast or brunch dish for your holiday company! This post has been updated with new photography!

Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole

Just in time for Christmas Day Breakfast: Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole should be on your menu! Although this post was written 7 years ago, I miss my sisters at Christmastime, and wish we could be together this weekend.

But first, 7 years ago … I was looking forward to my sisters coming over for brunch  … to celebrate Christmas, sisterhood, and to reminisce about our Mom.

When our mom passed away, the 3 of us told each other that we’d always remember her at Christmastime by giving to each other, in “Millie-style.” That may sound odd, but our Mom Millie knew exactly “how” to buy gifts for us girls. She knew us well–what we liked, what would make us happy–and she always gave us the perfect gifts.

So gifts from eachother are under or tree today!

So what did I serve for breakfast/brunch for my sisters?

Easy Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole, which you prepare the night before.

Sisters are easy. They don’t look too carefully at the dishes in the sink, the unvacuumed floor, or the clutter-y piles around the house (Christmas cards, wrapping paper, … stuff everywhere). Sisters are also easy because they, just like my Mom, know exactly what kind of gifts to give. I am blessed by my wonderful sisters!

Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole

Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole

The point of my story today is this: Make life simpler on Christmas morning by making my Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole.

Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole

You make it up the night before, so no matter how late you sleep in, all you have to do is pop it in the oven.

I can guarantee that your family is going to love you on Christmas Morn!

Merry Christmas in heaven, Mom! We love you!

What are your plans for Christmas Morning breakfast this year?

Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole

Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole
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Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole

You can replace the French bread with Challah bread.
Servings: 6 -8


  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2-3 fresh pears peeled and sliced, or 28 oz. canned pears, drained and sliced
  • 4 cups French bread cut into small pieces (better to not use the crust)
  • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
  • 10 eggs
  • 2 cups milk or cream
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • powdered sugar and maple syrup


  • Melt the brown sugar and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Allow to boil and quickly reduce heat to simmer. Remove from heat and pour into a well-greased 9x13 pan, making sure it is spread evenly.
  • Cut/cube the pears and arrange evenly on top of the brown sugar mixutre. Sprinkle the French bread pieces over the pears. Cube the second pear and place on top.
  • Beat eggs, milk, vanilla together and pour evenly over the entire mixture. Press bread lightly into egg mixture to avoid dryness and to soak up all the eggs/milk. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes, or until it becomes puffy and the eggs are no longer runny.
  • Sprinkle nuts and dust with powdered sugar; serve!

More breakfast casserole ideas: Overnight Fireman’s Breakfast Casserole [Garnish with Lemon], Winter Breakfast Casserole Recipe [RE], Buttery Cheese Egg Casserole [Crazy for Crust], and Pear Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce [RE].

Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole

34 comments on “Christmas Day Breakfast: Pear Vanilla French Toast Casserole”

  1. Oh my word! I just came across this recipe, and I might just have to go put my Christmas tree back up, string some lights on it, hang some ornaments and pretend it’s Christmas again just so I can make this recipe! Looks delish! (We love some good French toast around here, especially when I can make it the night before and just toss it in the oven the next day!) Hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas. As much as I’m a summer gal, I’m pretty much counting down the days until the Christmas season of 2018! – Mauri

  2. Mine was really watery at the bottom.  I had to use canned pears because fresh were all hard as a rock but I drained them really well.  The eggs were set.  Not sure how to fix this because the flavor was good but the extra liquid at the bottom was not good at all.  Any suggestions?

  3. Hi Sandy…this looked so good I decided to try it for our Christmas breakfast and it did not disappoint! We all loved it and it is a keeper! We hope you had a lovely Christmas and here’s to much health and wonder in the New Year! Cheers!

  4. This has been our family tradition for Christmas morning ever since I read your book Sandy! Thank you so much for being such an inspiration!❤️Have a Merry Christmas!

  5. I looked back at my comment in 2010 and it hasn’t changed. I still make cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning. This year my MIL is adding an egg casserole to the morning which will be nice to tone down the sweetness.

  6. This was delicious! I halved the recipe and made it in a square glass, baking dish. I also used torn up challah instead of french bread. I almost doubled the cooking time. It got real brown on top and really rose up. I could see the syrup on the bottom bubbling and kept baking until a sharp knife, inserted in the center, came out relatively clean. Sooooo good! Thanks

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  8. I made this last Christmas & it was wonderful. Have you ever tried applies instead of pears? Just curious how it turned out, I’m thinking about trying it soon. Thanks!

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