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Overnight Strawberry Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast Casserole

Overnight Strawberry Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast Casserole Recipe

I love overnight breakfast dishes – cinnamon rolls, French toast, oatmeal, breakfast casseroles, etc. Especially now that I’m pregnant, I wake up starving, and I can’t wait an hour or two to eat breakfast.

So, if I want something more exotic than my usual pb&J, it has to be prepped the night before, so I can just pop it in the oven in the morning. I tried this French toast casserole because 1 – it sounded good (who doesn’t like things stuffed with fruit and cream cheese?) and 2 – we had some leftover strawberries that I needed to use. The cream cheese and strawberries formed a custard-like layer in the middle of the French toast, which I wasn’t expecting, but, man was it good!

Overnight Strawberry Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast Casserole Recipe

This is a recipe that you can absolutely customize with other fruits, such as apples, raspberries, or blueberries – like I did with my Overnight Bananas Foster French Toast and Overnight Apple Fritter French Toast Casserole. The sweetness of the finished casserole will largely depend on the fruit you use, so if you like your French toast on the sweet side (like we do), you may want to either add more sugar to the egg mixture, more powdered sugar at the end, or top it with maple or strawberry syrup and leave the sugar out of the egg mixture.

One important note – if you’re making this ahead of time, don’t use a glass pan. Putting a cold glass pan into a hot oven can make them break.

Overnight Strawberry Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast Casserole


  • 8 slices large sourdough sandwich bread or French bread crusts removed, and cut into cubes
  • 8 oz . cream cheese cubed
  • 2 c . sliced strawberries
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 c . milk
  • 1/4 c . granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp . vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp . almond extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 T . powdered sugar for garnish


  1. Layer half of the bread cubes over the bottom of a greased 8-inch square dish.
  2. Place the cream cheese cubes over the bread cubes.
  3. Layer the sliced strawberries over the cream cheese, and cover with the remaining bread cubes.
  4. Combine the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, and pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Mix well.
  5. Pour the egg mixture over the bread, and smoosh the bread down a little so that the bread can absorb the egg mixture.
  6. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  7. Take the pan out of the refrigerator and leave out while preheating the oven to 375.
  8. Uncover and bake for about 30-40 minutes.
  9. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Recipe Notes

-This can be made and baked the same day. Rather than chilling overnight, skip ahead, and bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes.
-It will work better if the cream cheese is cold when you cube it. Also, I used the 1/3 less fat cream cheese, though I wouldn't recommend using fat-free cream cheese.

 Adapted from The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever.

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    December 7, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    Can this be left in the fridge overnight for 2 nights?

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      December 10, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      I’m not sure how it will work if it sits for two nights. I’ve only made it the night before and baked it the next morning.

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    August 7, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Can I make it without the cream cheese?

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      August 11, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Yes! You can leave the cream cheese out if you would like.

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    Neal Hirakawa
    March 18, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    wouldnt doing over night make it soggy?

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      March 24, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Letting the mixture sit overnight allows it to soak into the bread. Once it’s baked, it isn’t soggy.

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    March 8, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Hi! This looks awesome! Have you doubled it before? I have a crowd to feed … I was thinking about a 9×13 pan ?

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      March 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Thanks! I haven’t, but I think it would work just fine if you doubled it. Good luck! =)

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    April 19, 2013 at 5:48 am

    I see steps 1, 3, etc. Is it just incorrectly numbered, or is step 2 missing?

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      April 19, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Thanks for catching that! It was just incorrectly numbered. Thanks again! =)

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    Kelly Wells {Adorned Well}
    December 23, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Sounds delicious! I’m thinking this might have to be on the menu for the holidays! Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party. Remember to come back today to vote for your favorite recipes!

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      December 23, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Thanks for stopping by! And thanks for hosting!

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    December 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

    came by from pin-me, looking for a christmas breakast, this could be it! pinning!

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