Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole

Take the hassle out of breakfast with this Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole! Enjoy this decadent casserole with warm Strawberry-Maple Syrup or pile on fresh strawberries and whipped cream – your choice!

Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole from MomOnTimeout.com

There is nothing better than waking up in the morning knowing that an amazing breakfast is waiting in the fridge, ready to be thrown into the oven and enjoyed.

Nothing.

Especially on weekends.  And holidays. You got me. This would be awesome EVERY DAY.

Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole from MomOnTimeout.com

While I don’t have time to prepare breakfast every evening, I do make a concerted effort to do so for holidays.  Easter, Christmas….Mother’s Day.

One of my favorite breakfasts to make is French Toast. I grew up on French Toast and it was always a treat. Whether we covered it with warm maple syrup or piled it high with strawberries and whipped cream – it was a breakfast that everyone could agree.  All seven of us :)

Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole from MomOnTimeout.com

Now, anyone who knows me knows I have a serious weakness for cheesecake.  Serious.  I combined that love of cheesecake with my overnight French Toast recipe and came up with this gorgeous thing.

I wanted the cheesecake cake filling to creep into every crevice, nook, and cranny so I ended up making strawberry cheesecake sandwiches.  Strange. But it totally works.

Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole from MomOnTimeout.com

After cutting the sandwiches into cubes, I piled on more strawberries and drizzled on the remaining cheesecake filling.  Wrapped the dish in plastic wrap and stuck it in the fridge overnight.

That’s when the magic happens.

Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole from MomOnTimeout.com

In the morning it’s just a matter of throwing it in the oven and chilling on the couch with the boys until it’s all done.  I like to make up strawberry-maple syrup for this casserole.  My Nana taught me this trick :) Combine equal parts strawberry jam (or jelly or preserves) and maple syrup. Heat on medium-high heat in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until the jam has dissolved into the syrup.

Outrageously good people.

Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole

Serves 12-16

Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole

Take the hassle out of breakfast with this Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole! Enjoy this decadent casserole with warm Strawberry-Maple Syrup or pile on fresh strawberries and whipped cream - your choice!

Ingredients

  • 10-12 slices day old Challah, French, Italian or any other bread good for French Toast
  • 12 oz light cream cheese
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 10 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • Strawberry-Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/2 cup maple syurp

Instructions

  1. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  2. Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in sugar until thoroughly combined.
  4. Beat in 1 egg and lemon juice until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  5. Whisk together 10 eggs, milk, half-and-half, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  6. Schmear bread with cream cheese mixture. Layer on sliced strawberries. Place another slice of bread on top to create a sandwich. Repeat for all slices of bread.
  7. Cut into cubes and place approximately two-thirds of the sandwich cubes into baking dish.
  8. Top with remaining strawberries and drizzle remaining cream cheese mixture over the top.
  9. Place remaining sandwich cubes on top.
  10. Finally, pour egg mixture over the top.
  11. Press down lightly and cover with plastic wrap.
  12. Refrigerate over night.
  13. Remove from refrigerator and let rest while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  14. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  15. Remove foil and bake for another 25-35 minutes or until the surface is golden and the center is set.
  16. Serve with maple syrup or additional fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
  17. Strawberry-Maple Syrup
  18. Combine equal parts strawberry jam (or jelly or preserves) and maple syrup. Heat on medium-high heat in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until the jam has dissolved into the syrup.
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Comments

  1. I love baked French toast, Trish, and this looks so delicious with the cream cheese and strawberries! This is my kind of breakfast — assemble it and forget about it until the morning!
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  2. Trish, this baked french toast looks delicious! I could eat this every morning and be one happy girl! Can’t wait to make this for my family when they visit next weekend, pinned! :)
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  3. Oh my heavens Trish. This looks amazing!! I absolutely adore overnight french toast bakes, and this one looks heavenly!!
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  4. This looks truly amazing! I love these dishes for all those holiday visitors.

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  6. Trish, this looks amazing and I love that you can put this together in the evening and have a fabulous breakfast ready to go in the morning. I might need to make this for my upcoming birthday breakfast – I can just have my hubby pop it in the oven! :) Thanks for sharing and pinning – have a happy Monday!
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  7. Strawberries with french toast is definitely the way to go! And for some reason I think french toast bake is way better in the overnight version. Plus, who doesn’t love the fact that you can just pop in the oven first thing in the morning? Pinned!
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  8. o.O WOW. I think this would be the ultimate Easter Brunch breakfast!
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  9. Oh my goodness, yes! The strawberries and cheesecake just look amazing! What a fabulous version Trish!
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  10. Absolutely beautiful!! I love the strawberry and cheesecake combo in the french toast :)
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  11. Definitely a must try!!! Thanks for sharing on the Monday link share!

  12. I love french toast topped with fresh fruit and this seems so easy- definitely my kind of recipe. Your photography is beautiful!
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  13. You totally had me at strawberry cheesecake sandwiches!!! This looks amazing and I’m sure tastes even better!!!
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  14. Cheesecake for breakfast?? Trish, you are a genius! You boys must think you’re the best mom in the world. Especially with all that sweet strawberry maple syrup too… My mom used to make us special french toast breakfasts on the weekends, so your recipe brings back lots of fond memories. :) P.S. Congratulations on your Reese’s Stuffed Giant Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies feature on ZipList!!
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  15. Mmm … this sounds amazing! I love anything with cream cheese and strawberries. Can’t wait to try it:)
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  16. Good Morning!

    I wanted to let you know I featured your casserole in my Whimsy Wednesday post this week – Fresh Strawberry Recipes! It looks amazing!

    You can see it here>
    http://www.ohmy-creative.com/recipe/fresh-strawberry-recipes/

    Thanks for linking!
    Susan
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  17. Christina says:

    Hello, My name is Christina, I am addicted to cheesecake….and may I just say, you are my hero! :)
    I made this for my Bunco group last night. Ah-mazing! And the leftovers reheat really well. My mother-in-law makes a great stuffed French toast casserole similar to this for holidays and I’ve always loved that, but I am loving on this one even more. Thanks for the brilliant share!

  18. That looks SO good! I am so not a morning person so it is always nice to know that breakfast is waiting!
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  19. K, I may not be a pastry chef, don’t recipes usually include the oven temp when requiring baking! or have I missed that? Looked absolutely delish, but awaiting results since there were no temp in the instructions. Also, would have been better to specify to add 1 egg to cream cheese mixture, reserving remaining 10, for those of us who follow instructions line by line. I accidentally misread your instruction and added all eggs,only realizing after it was too late that the recipe called for 1 egg for cream cheese mixture & 10 for egg mixture. So now it is an experiment. I’ll let you know how it came out. Oh and I substituted banana for strawberries,having no strawberries available.

    • k, feeling rather stupis at the moment. Finally spotted the oven temp. My apologies! Noe baking….

    • Ok, while I missed the mark a bit by misreading instructions…and my new experiment tastes nothing like cheesecake…it still came out rather well. It’s light & fluffy texture is welcome considering the rather heavy ingredients. Can’t wait to taste it cold!

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