French toast casserole is served with a drizzle of warm homemade strawberry sauce.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr 15 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
9 hrs 45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13-inch casserole
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Sauce:

Directions

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  • Generously grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.

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  • Arrange half the bread cubes in the prepared baking dish. Evenly distribute cream cheese cubes over the bread cube layer; sprinkle 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries atop cream cheese layer. Layer the remaining bread cubes over strawberry layer.

  • Pour half-and-half into a blender; pulse for a few seconds. Blend eggs into half-and-half until fully incorporated. Add maple syrup and blend until smooth. Pour mixture evenly over bread mixture. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

  • Remove baking dish from refrigerator 45 minutes before baking.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Bake the covered casserole in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and continue baking until French toast is puffed and golden brown, about 30 more minutes.

  • Stir sugar, water, and cornstarch together in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Mix in 1 cup sliced strawberries; cook and stir until strawberries have softened, about 10 minutes. Add butter; stir until melted. Serve hot over French toast.

Nutrition Facts

433 calories; protein 12.5g 25% DV; carbohydrates 42.2g 14% DV; fat 24.5g 38% DV; cholesterol 244.5mg 82% DV; sodium 376mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2014
I have made this recipe three times now. First time, made it with strawberries and based on other reviews here, half the amount of cream cheese called for in the recipe. YUMMY! I can't imagine how rich it would be with twice that amount of cream cheese...seems excessive. Second time, used raspberries in place of the strawberries. YUMMY! Third time, swapped out the cream cheese with mascarpone cheese and it was AMAZING. It was lighter than the cream cheese and brought out the flavor of the fruit. Before serving, I just sprinkled a little powdered sugar on top for show. It's a nice colorful breakfast with the fruit. We used the sauce sparingly, since it was so sweet. Basically, any berry can be substituted for the strawberries. I didn't have enough raspberries for the sauce the third time around, so I threw in a few blackberries to have 1 cup total. Still came out wonderful. Thank you for sharing! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/30/2013
I found it cloyingly sweet and too rich. I like the premise, but I would probably cut the cream cheese in half or omit it all together if I were to make it again. I would probably also omit the sauce which I found too sweet. Read More
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128 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 76
  • 4 star values: 34
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2014
I have made this recipe three times now. First time, made it with strawberries and based on other reviews here, half the amount of cream cheese called for in the recipe. YUMMY! I can't imagine how rich it would be with twice that amount of cream cheese...seems excessive. Second time, used raspberries in place of the strawberries. YUMMY! Third time, swapped out the cream cheese with mascarpone cheese and it was AMAZING. It was lighter than the cream cheese and brought out the flavor of the fruit. Before serving, I just sprinkled a little powdered sugar on top for show. It's a nice colorful breakfast with the fruit. We used the sauce sparingly, since it was so sweet. Basically, any berry can be substituted for the strawberries. I didn't have enough raspberries for the sauce the third time around, so I threw in a few blackberries to have 1 cup total. Still came out wonderful. Thank you for sharing! Read More
(74)
Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2013
I made this for our Christmas morning breakfast it was a hit everyone loved it. It was very easy to make for the bread peices I used texas bread and it worked out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2013
I made half a recipe and baked in a 10"x7" dish. I knew once I filled the baking dish that it would take longer to cook since it was deeper, and it did take nearly 1-1/2 hrs. The bread cubes on the top were starting to get a little too brown, so I just put a piece over foil over the dish until it was cooked through. I had some blueberries in the fridge, so I added them to the strawberry layer. For the strawberry sauce, I used both sliced and chopped strawberries and probably added more strawberries than the recipe called for. I forgot to add the butter to the sauce at the end, but I really didn't miss it, so probably wouldn't add in the future and just save a little fat. I used FF half-and-half and reduced fat cream cheese which melted beautifully in the center. This is soooooo easy to make, and its presentation is impressive. It was a treat for sure, and I wouldn't hesitate to serve this to company. Thanks, Tamala, for sharing your recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/02/2013
I made this for a church brunch and the consensus was that I should have a weekly cooking column in the newspaper then I had to come clean and tell them to check out Allrecipes.com. Everyone raved about it and so did I. I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the egg mixture and added 2 teaspoons of strawberry extract to the sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/12/2016
I had to bake it for about 20 minutes longer than the recipe required because it was still a bit runny but it turned out great! The flavor was a bit eggy for me so I think I may reduce the egg next time I make this. Everyone who has some enjoyed it and has requested having it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2014
This was a great recipe. I made it for my inlaws for Mother's Day brunch. After reading many of the reviews, I made a few adjustments as well. I added more strawberries, just over 2 cups. I only used 1 block of cream cheese, which I found sufficient. I used a loaf of Italian bread. I added some cinnamon and some vanilla to the egg mixture. The only issue I came across was the cook time. After cooking for an hour, the center was still pretty runny. I cooked it for another 15-20 minutes and it was just great. Everyone loved it. Thanks so much for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2013
Made it exactly like it says. The one step that is missing is that you pour the sauce over the whole casserole and serve immediately as it is best when warm. My family enjoyed it, even said it would make a great dessert!! Will definitely make this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2013
Delicious! I added about 1/2 tsp. cinnamon and about 1 tsp. vanilla extract to the egg mixture. The French toast itself is not very sweet so the sweet strawberry sauce compliments this perfectly. I will definitely be making this again YUM! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/30/2013
I found it cloyingly sweet and too rich. I like the premise, but I would probably cut the cream cheese in half or omit it all together if I were to make it again. I would probably also omit the sauce which I found too sweet. Read More
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