This is amazing French toast casserole mixed with berries and cream cheese Combines juicy berries, silky cream cheese, and soaked challah bread with a rich brown sugar egg custard. This wonderful breakfast or brunch dish is creamy, soft, crisp, and comforting, and the best part is that the prep work is easy!
Less work, more rewards
What I love most about French toast, and why I bake them so often, is their low maintenance factor. You don’t stand over the stove and cook French toast for the whole family. Instead, you layer bread and eggs in a pan and bake them. In particular, you can do most of the prep work (which is the bare minimum to start with!) the night before.
This means more time with guests/family/your coffee and less time working in the kitchen. Soon, breakfast will be ready. and reward: Your kitchen will smell like you’ve been baking all morning. How sneaky you are!
I posted this recipe in 2018 using only strawberries – and it’s superbly prepared that way – however, it usually has more success when I use Mix of berries And I want to show you how to do that. (You can use frozen berries successfully now too, see notes.) This dish is what everyone loves about a casserole of blueberry and cream cheese French toast. The all-in-one casserole of French toast: lots of berries, lots of texture, lots of cream cheese.
Noticeable: Both French toast pans have a streusel head and I usually skip it here, but feel free to add!
The French toast casserole with berries and cream cheese is:
- Lovely for spring and summer gatherings, including Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
- custard r at the bottom
- crunchy on top
- Filled with cream cheese and berries
- Not soggy. I repeat: not soggy!
Above all, it is Easy and impressive And Enjoyable…all the things that breakfast and lunch should be.
3 key tips for success
- Start with good bread. Texture is the goal and using good baking will help you get there. By “good,” I mean bread that has texture, flavor, and texture such as challah, sourdough, or a fine brioche loaf. Crispy bread slices won’t give you any favours, and you usually end up with a flat, crunchy casserole. Your efforts will be wasted. (Bonus…try this with homemade artisan bread or croissants. Yummy!)
- Make sure the bread is still stale. No matter what type of bread you use, make sure it’s a little crusty and stale. Cut the bread into small pieces and leave it uncovered so that it loses a little moisture and can hold the egg custard. The more egg custard the bread can absorb, the less flavorful your French toast casserole. If you don’t have time for this, I have a tip for you.
- A little sugar in the cream cheese mixture. Cream cheese mixture consists of 3 ingredients: cream cheese, vanilla extract and confectioners’ sugar. The reason I mix a little more sugar and vanilla with the cream cheese is because without them, we’d have unmelted bits of cream cheese in the dish. I explained this in my usual cream cheese French toast casserole recipe. It was good, but it wasn’t very fun!
What if I don’t have time to let the bread spoil?
Neither do I or I forget, it’s time to bake and I have very moist, soft bread that doesn’t absorb any of the egg custard mixture. To fix this, spread the pieces of bread on a lined baking sheet and Toast in a 300°F (149°C) oven for 10 minutes. This is exactly what I do when making sausage, herb stuffing, and breakfast toppings.
Here is the basic process: To assemble, place the bread pieces, 2 pieces of the cream cheese mixture, and mix the berries together. Pour egg custard all over, cover and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours or overnight:
Bake it the next morning and serve it warm.
Best frying pan to use For this raspberry and cream casserole, this French toast casserole is an oven-safe 9″ by 13″, or 3-4 quart. I usually use (affiliate links) This pictured glass pan or red ruffle baking dish, which comes in a set in other sizes – definitely a splurge, but I found the quality to be excellent and it’s pretty impressive.
Introducing the French Berry Toast!
A sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar and/or a light drizzle of maple syrup finish the casserole of French toast with berries and cream cheese. This is a hearty, berry-rich breakfast masterpiece, and pairs well with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and/or a fresh fruit salad.
And for even more berries, you can serve French toast with this strawberry sauce. 🙂
Additional favorite brunch recipes:
This recipe produces a casserole of French toast that is creamy, fresh, and delicious. Prepare it in advance so that you have a quick and warm breakfast in the morning.
- 1 (12-14 ounces) F. loaf.ranch breadAnd sourdough breador If God wants*
- 8 ounces (224 gramsfull fat block cream cheesesoftened to room temperature*
- 2 tablespoons (15 grams) confectioner’s sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extractdivided
- 2 cups (280 –300 gr) fresh mixed berries Like blueberries, blackberries and strawberry slices
- 8 Big egg
- 2 cups (480 ml) pure milk
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup (133 gramsFilled with light or darkness Brown sugar
- Optional to apply: confectioners’ sugar, strawberry sauce and/or maple syrup
- Cut the bread into slices and cut into one-inch cubes. You should have about 12 cups of cubed bread – it’s OK to eat a little more or less. For best results, leave the bread cubes uncovered at room temperature for a few hours (or up to a day) to dry. If you don’t have time for this, spread the bread pieces on a lined baking tray and toast in a 300°F (149°C) oven for 10 minutes. (Great acronym!)
- Grease a 9″ x 13″ pan or any other 3-4 quart oven-safe dish with nonstick spray. Spread half of the bread cubes on the prepared baking tray.
- Using a stand or hand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese at room temperature on medium-high speed until completely smooth. Whisk confectioners’ sugar and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract until combined. Place random spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture on top of the bread. Top with most of the berries (reserve a few berries for the top, for shape) and then the remaining bread cubes. Place any reserved berries on top. Sit aside.
- Whisk the eggs, milk, cinnamon, brown sugar, and the rest of the vanilla extract together until blended. Pour evenly over the bread. Cover the pan tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours and up to 24 hours. Overnight is best.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Remove the pan from the refrigerator.
- Bake, uncovered, for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown on top. I usually bake it for 45 minutes because I like it softer. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar, top with a layer of strawberries and/or sprinkle maple syrup. Her feet are warm.
- Cover leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
- Provide Advance Instructions and Freezing: You can prepare the dish through step 4 up to 24 hours in advance. (see step 4.) Freezes, Prepare recipe through Step 4 and freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator, then continue to step 5. You can also freeze leftover baked and refrigerated casseroles for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator, then reheat in the microwave or cover with tin foil and bake at 300 F (149 C) until heated through all the time, for at least 20 minutes.
- Half recipe: This recipe can easily be cut in half in an 8- or 9-inch baking pan. The baking time will be a little shorter, about 30-35 minutes.
- bread: The one-day-old crunchy bread is perfect for French toast. Cut the bread into 1-inch cubes and leave it uncovered throughout the day as described in Step 1.
- Fresh berries: Fresh berries are ideal because the freezer will release their juice before baking the casserole. If necessary, you can use frozen berries, but thaw first and then let them dry. I usually use blueberries, blackberries, and sliced strawberries. You can use one or all of those, and/or add berries as well. Keep total amount at 2 cups / 280-300g.
- Cream cheese: Since cream cheese is only mixed with a little sugar and vanilla, be sure to use high-quality, good-tasting cream cheese. I use and love Philadelphia’s Full Cream Cream Cheese for this dish.
- Can I add crumbs/streusel topping? Yes sure. You can use the same toppings as plain cheese French toast.
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