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Strawberry French Toast Bake

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Strawberry French Toast Casserole Bake with layers of cream cheese and homemade strawberry sauce, is a perfect breakfast casserole for the morning. 

Strawberry French toast casserole with layered of cream cheese and italian bread cubes already cooked and ready to serve warm

An easy baked breakfast, there is just enough sweet and enough savory for the perfect  balance.

Breakfast casseroles are also awesome to serve on holiday mornings and for potlucks. 

Strawberry French Toast Bake

Before you get started on this deliciously rich breakfast morning casserole, you should note that its layered and the recipe is written as such in hopes to avoid any confusion on what ingredients go with what.

There are essentially four parts to the recipe: 

  1. Prepping the Bread – cutting the bread for the dish
  2. Cream Cheese Layer – Making the cream cheese and sugar mixture
  3. French Toast Egg Wash – Making the egg wash that pours over as the last pre-cooked layer
  4. Fresh Strawberry Sauce – Final step before eating the breakfast casserole and the final layer of the casserole

Ingredients

Scroll to the bottom for a printable version of this post, including all measurements and instructions, so you can follow along in your kitchen without being on your phone. 

Here is what you need to gather to get started: 

  • Italian bread
  • cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • fresh strawberries
  • eggs
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon

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Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

Preheat oven to 350.

Grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Cut Italian bread into 1″ cubes and place half of the cubes into the bottom of the pan. Reserve remainder of cubes. 

Cream Cheese Layer in Strawberry Bake

Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1/4 cup milk together and beat well with a mixer.

combine all the ingredients for the cream cheese layers of strawberries and cream breakfast

Spoon dollops of cream cheese on top of the bread in casserole dish.

Sprinkle with pieces of Strawberries and top with remaining bread cubes.

layered strawberries and cream in a casserole dish prior to egg wash

French Toast Casserole Mixture

In a separate bowl, add all eggs, 2 cups milk, sugar, vanilla, ground cinnamon and beat well.

french toast egg wash with cinnamon and sugar ready to pour over bread

Pour French toast mixture over bread.

layer bread and egg wash for french toast casserole and strawberries

Oven Bake Layered Strawberry Casserole

Bake strawberry French toast casserole covered with foil for 30 minutes.

Remove foil and discard.

Continue to bake uncovered casserole for 20-25 minutes, until completely cooked and heated through.

The center should be set.

Oven baked strawberry french toast casserole

Remove casserole from oven and let stand.

Homemade Fresh Strawberry Sauce

This homemade strawberry sauce is the final layer in the casserole and a must have.

Its simply sugar and strawberries made into a thick syrupy strawberry sauce and is made in under 10 minutes. Just cut your strawberries down to smaller pieces prior to making this sauce. 

  • water
  • sugar
  • cornstarch
  • fresh strawberries

Add water, sugar and cornstarch to a sauce pan.

Heat over medium high heat until boiling.

Continue to boil sugar mixture for 3-4 minutes.

Add cut up strawberries and reduce heat to medium low.

Continue to heat strawberries and sugar, stirring  mixture occasionally until thick and red, about 10-12 minutes.

10 minute homemade strawberry sauce on stove

 

Spoon Strawberry Sauce on top of French toast casserole and serve while hot.

Spoon Strawberry Sauce on top of French toast casserole and serve while hot.

 

If you watched the French Toast Casserole VIDEO, you may see that I assembled the recipe differently during the video. In that recipe, I did the bread, egg mixture, cream cheese spread and strawberries, then bake. Afterwards, strawberry sauce. Both ways work great!

BREAKFAST CASSEROLE RECIPES

This recipe is a varied take off of my blueberry french toast casserole but I really love breakfast casseroles in general – here are some other choices if you need savory or sweet!

  1. Hashbrown Ham Casserole
  2. Cracker Barrel Copycat Hash brown Casserole
  3. Sausage Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole (reader favorite)
  4. Cinnamon Roll French Toast Casserole
  5. Blueberry French Toast Casserole
  6. Biscuits and Gravy Casserole
  7. Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding
  8. Sausage Grits Casserole
  9. Apple Breakfast Bake with Caramel Sauce

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4.86 from 7 votes

Strawberry French Toast Bake Recipe with Strawberry Sauce


Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Strawberry French Toast Bake Recipe - Fresh strawberries layered in cream cheese and french toast, smothered in homemade strawberry sauce is the best way to wake up. Truly a delicious breakfast casserole, this strawberry french toast casserole takes an old favorite and dials it up to rich, sweet perfection.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 loaf 16 oz, Italian bread, cut into 1" cubes
  • 1 lb of fresh strawberries for the french toast cut into small bite sized pieces

Egg Mixture

  • 10 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream Cheese Mixture

  • 1-1/2 packages cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

10 minute Strawberry Sauce

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries cut up

Instructions

  • Strawberry French Toast Bake
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Grease a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cut Italian bread into 1" cubes and place half of the cubes into the bottom of the pan.
  • Reserve remainder of cubes for second layer.
  • Strawberry Casserole Cream Cheese Layer
  • Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1/4 cup milk together and beat well with a mixer.
  • Spoon dollops of cream cheese on top of the bread in casserole dish. Feel free to spread across bread in a layer.
  • Sprinkle with pieces of Strawberries and top with remaining cut up bread cubes.
  • French Toast Mixture Recipe
  • In a separate bowl, add all eggs, 2 cups milk, sugar, vanilla, ground cinnamon and beat well.
  • Pour French toast mixture over bread, going back and forth to cover all bread.
  • Lightly press bread into egg mixture if necessary. It is ok if not all bread is covered.
  • Oven Bake Strawberry Casserole
  • Bake strawberry French toast casserole covered with foil for 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil and discard.
  • Continue to bake uncovered casserole for 20-25 minutes, until completely cooked and heated through.
  • The center should be set.
  • Remove casserole from oven and let stand.
  • Homemade Strawberry Sauce Directions
  • Add water, sugar and cornstarch to a sauce pan.
  • Heat over medium high heat until boiling.
  • Continue to boil sugar mixture for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add cut up strawberries and reduce heat to medium low.
  • Continue to heat strawberries and sugar, stirring  mixture occasionally until thick and red, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Spoon Strawberry Sauce on top of French toast casserole and serve while hot.

Video

Notes

  • This 9x13 Strawberry French toast casserole could serve anywhere from 12 large or 18 medium sized portions. It makes quite a bit of casserole!
  • If you watched the French Toast Casserole VIDEO, you may see that I assembled the recipe differently during the video. In that recipe, I did the bread, egg mixture, cream cheese spread and strawberries, then bake. Afterwards, strawberry sauce. Both ways work great!

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 251mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g

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  1. Ohhhhh my!!!!!
    I made this for breakfast with my daughter and her husband. She said this was restaurant style. Better than anything she’s had in a restaurant. Absolutely delicious.

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