I love a good make-ahead dish.  Especially for company, events at work, potlucks, and the like.  It lets you work ahead and not stress on D-day. In a hectic schedule this is a good thing, but it also can create amazing flavors which build overnight. This pancake casserole rings with that truth.

Overnight Pancake Casserole | A make ahead bread pudding  made with store-bought pancakes

It’s lovely in both flavor and presentation.  A unique way to serve those good ol’ flap jacks. Did I mention it was a hit? Yes, you’ll be scoring all kinds of brunch points, so break out that casserole dish and make something NEW for breakfast! The struesel is totally optional, nuts would be great addition and I have some other notes and ideas listed below.

So without further ado, I give you bread pudding for breakfast:

Overnight Pancake Casserole | A make ahead bread pudding  made with store-bought pancakes


  • 24 pancakes, store-bought buttermilk
  • 1-2 Tbsp Butter

Filling –

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Streusel –


Butter a large casserole dish; arrange whole or halved pancakes in dish (cut side down if using halves). I did mine ratatouille style. Make the custard filling by whisking the milk, cream,eggs, sugar, spices and extracts, and pour over the pancakes. It will not cover completely – no worries; cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, take casserole out of the fridge, and preheat the oven to 350.  Meanwhile, prepare the streusel – combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, add the melted butter and crumble atop pancakes. Bake at 350 for 45 – 50 minutes – making sure the center is set and fully cooked.

Overnight Pancake Casserole | A make ahead bread pudding  made with store-bought pancakes

Serve with warm syrup or whipped cream and berries.  I served this particular ditty with homemade whipped cream infused with maple syrup and apply brandy – TO DIE FOR. Happy baking!!!

Note: I found this lovely idea on Pinterest, here: overnight pancake casserole.  I adapted it by buying pancakes, doubling the sugar in the custard and adding 1 teaspoon each of almond and vanilla extract – just to give it some richness.  You could totally make your pancakes like she does.  I bought the super pack from Walmart and truth be told everyone thought I made them. They raved about them even.  Another fun idea would be even buy or make flavored pancakes: blueberry and chocolate chip come to mind – both would work perfectly for this dish.

So move over stacks, pancakes can be bread pudding too,


One Comment on “Overnight Pancake Casserole | Breakfast Bread Pudding

  1. I made this for my family of 6 during spring break. It was delicious! Teenager and preschooler approved. I didn’t have cream so I substituted a cup of high protein plain Greek yogurt with good results. Excellent with maple syrup and a sprinkle of crispy bacon on top. Yum!

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