Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole


My daughter had her friends over the other night for their annual Christmas sleepover. They have done this the past five years. It has changed some in size but the one thing they always have is laughter. We loved listening to them laugh and giggle. A friend recently wrote about how that last time you went outside to play with your friends don’t you wish you knew it was the last time? What would you remember? What would you do differently? We already told the girls they are expected to come back from college next year (even if we have to go and get them) and spend the night here.

For breakfast I made an overnight casserole so that we could pop it in the oven before waking them up. With our children still on Christmas Break until January 8th I am going to be making this again soon.

Verdict:

I am usually not a fan of French Toast casseroles but I have to say this was my favorite I have ever made. The sweetened cream cheese made the whole casserole soft and creamy. We served it topped with warmed butter and syrup and it was delicious!

Serve this with a side of fruit salad or meat if you wish.

Tip:   This is best made with slightly stale bread. If you have a fresh loaf of French or Italian bread (homemade or from a bakery) cut into cubes and let sit in the pan for 1-2 hours before making the cream cheese mixture to allow the bread to harden just a bit.

  • Servings: 12 pieces
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 10 cups bread cubes, cut into about 1-inch cubes
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 1/3 cups half and half
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions:

1. Place the bread cubes in a buttered 13″ x 9″-inch baking dish.
2. In a large bowl beat the cream cheese with sugar at medium speed until smooth and well blended.
3. Add in eggs one at a time mixing well after each.
4. Add in half and half, maple syrup and vanilla and beat until well combined.
5. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the bread cubes, using a fork or spoon gently mix so that the cream cheese mixture coats all the pieces.
6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
8. Remove the dish from the fridge and let it rest for 30 minutes prior to baking.
9. Bake uncovered for about 45-50 minutes or until set and a golden brown colour.
10. Serve with warmed butter and maple syrup.

26 Comments Add yours

  1. circadianre says:

    It sounds delicious and similar to Bread pudding. Yum!!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yes, I didn’t even realize it. Thank you!

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  2. @vapor_sage says:

    This looks delicious, I have an idea how I would use vanilla bean instead of extract

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Definitely! That would be amazing.

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  3. This sounds really good! I like the sleepover story too. How sweet. I love having 4 and 5 yr old little boys. It’s a shame they have to grow up!

    Good luck on posting 6 times a week. What a challenge.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I am trying but not going to put to much pressure on myself. I want this to be fun. When it is no longer fun I quit. 😉

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  4. mistimaan says:

    Very yummy recipe 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  5. Erika Kind says:

    That sounds sooooo yummy 😍

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! It is very rich but so good!

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  6. Lacey says:

    Cream cheese makes everything better.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. It most certainly does!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Hope you are having a great new year!

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      1. Thanks Marci! I am and I hope you are too xx

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  7. I am definitely going to try this when we take another trip up to our little red house up north. Casseroles are great for traveling. Looks yummy.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. I hope you like it!

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  8. Hi! Happy New Year to you and your family! I wanted to let you know that I have changed my website and I am no longer on wordpress.com (apologies for writing this in a comment, I could not find your email address). My new site is http://www.lidijaskitchen.com. I will still keep my reader on wordpress, so I will be able to read your posts. Please have a look at my new site! If you sign up, I am starting to release “secret” chef recipes from amazing chefs I have worked with during my culinary journeys. The transition to my new site has been an exciting one, I hope you enjoy it! Take care and all the best, Lidija

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Also follow you on Instagram. Love the look of your site.

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  9. Angie says:

    Oh, yummy! I so want to have this right now! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you! Making cinnamon rolls right now. 😉

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      1. Angie says:

        I’ll be right there… actually, these cinnamon rolls are already consumed. Next?

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          Thanks!

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