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Caramel Pecan Breakfast Casserole

This Caramel Pecan Breakfast Casserole is the sweetest way to start your day. Bites of donut are marinated in a creamy egg mixture, drizzled with homemade caramel, then baked until golden.

Caramel pecan breakfast casserole in a white pan with a serving spoon.


I think we can all agree that make-ahead breakfasts are life saving during the holidays. I mean, what’s better than preparing a meal in advance and getting a fresh, hot breakfast first thing in the morning?

Say hello to probably one of the best make-ahead breakfasts of all time: Caramel Pecan Breakfast Casserole. This casserole is so easy to prepare and the result is a decadent, sweet, delicious, and hearty breakfast that everyone will love.

Why You’ll Love Caramel Pecan Breakfast Casserole

  • Perfect make-ahead option. All you have to do in the morning is pop the casserole in the oven, wait for it to bake, then dig in!
  • Simple ingredients. Just 5 ingredients for the casserole and 6 ingredients for the caramel.
  • Sweet and indulgent. I mean…donuts and caramel sauce? It doesn’t get better than that.

Ingredients

  • Donuts – You’ll need 6 plain donuts broken into bite-sized pieces.
  • Eggs and Milk – The base for our batter.
  • Vanilla Extract – Adds flavor depth and warmth.
  • Salt – Cuts the sweetness and enhances the flavor of the casserole.
  • Caramel Sauce – You can use store-bought caramel sauce if preferred, but I love to whip up homemade caramel sauce.
Caramel pecan breakfast casserole ingredients.

How to Make Caramel Pecan Breakfast Casserole

This decadent breakfast casserole takes just 20 minutes to prep…including the homemade caramel! Here’s a quick summary of the recipe:

  • Step One: In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt.
  • Step Two: Arrange donut pieces in the bottom of a greased baking dish, then cover with the egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Step Three: To make the caramel, heat brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt in a saucepan. Stir until the butter is melted and bubbling, then remove from the heat. Add in ¼ cup heavy cream, stir to combine, then add the remaining cream. Cool for a few minutes, then pour over the prepared donut mixture.
  • Step Four: Bake the assembled casserole at 350ºF until hot and golden-brown.
Caramel Pecan Breakfast Casserole with a serving spoon.

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    What to Serve with Caramel Pecan Breakfast Casserole

    You can serve this breakfast casserole on its own or fill out your meal with any of your favorite breakfast recipes

    Since this recipe is so sweet, I love to pair it with more savory breakfast options like biscuits and gravy, BBQ eggs, or bacon and potato quiche

    For a sweet option, try it with pecan butter tarts.

    Recipe Tips and Tricks

    • Plan ahead. For that perfectly soft texture, the casserole needs plenty of time to sit in the fridge before baking. I recommend assembling it the night before serving so it can soak overnight in the fridge!
    • Grease the pan. This helps prevent the donuts from sticking and burning on the bottom of the pan.
    • Watch the caramel closely. It’s easy to overcook and burn the caramel or turn it into a hard.
    • candy. Keep a close eye on it!
    • Customize. There are a few ways you can switch up this breakfast casserole to fit your tastes. Try another flavor of donut, swap the caramel for chocolate, use different nuts, you name it.
    A piece of caramel pecan breakfast casserole on a plate.

    Storage Instructions

    Leftover breakfast casserole will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. To reheat, simply place into an oven safe baking dish, cover with foil, and bake until heated through.

    Can I freeze this breakfast casserole?

    You sure can! To freeze your casserole, simply let it cool completely, then wrap it tightly and store it in the freezer for up to 2 months.

    When you’re ready to serve, thaw in the fridge or on the counter, then reheat.

    A piece of caramel pecan breakfast casserole on a fork.

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    Caramel Pecan Breakfast Casserole

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 8
    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 50 minutes
    This is the ultimate breakfast casserole – the base is donuts! Combined with a sweet caramel and pecan topping, this easy recipe is a special occasion indulgence.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 6 plain donuts broken up into bite sized pieces
    • 7 large eggs
    • 1 ¼ cup milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • tsp salt

    Caramel

    • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
    • cup corn syrup
    • 6 tbsp butter
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ½ cup heavy cream divided
    • ½ cup pecans chopped

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 inch casserole dish with cooking spray. Arrange donut pieces to cover the bottom of the dish.
    • In a large bowl, mix together eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Pour evenly over donuts. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
    • To prepare the caramel, heat brown sugar, corn syrup, butter and salt in a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir till the butter is melted. Remove from heat once mixture starts to bubble all over.
    • Add in ¼ cup heavy cream and stir to combine. Then add the last ¼ of heavy cream and stir to combine. Let cool a few minutes before pouring over your desired amount on the donut mixture. You can save extra for serving. Sprinkle pecans on top.
    • Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1g | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 209mg | Sodium: 387mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g

    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.

    Course Casseroles
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Caramel Pecan Breakfast Casserole

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    1. I am an over thinker. Do I wait til morning when I cook the casserole to add the carmel. The recipe said to add doughnut pieces and mix egg, milk, vanilla extract and salt and pour over the doughnut pieces and refrigerate overnight. What am I missing if anything? Also, do I refrigerate the carmel if I don’t add till in morning when I plan to cook it.
      Thank you.

      1. I would add the caramel right before you plan to cook it. It would probably be easier to make it at the time you’re going to bake the casserole. If you make ahead, you’ll have to reheat so it’s liquidy and will pour easier.

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