Fresh strawberries and cream bring rich flavor to this easy oven strawberry French toast recipe. Perfect make-ahead recipe for breakfast or brunch! Serve with extra berries, whipped cream, and strawberry syrup.



Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease or spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  • Slice the bread into 16 slices using a sharp knife. Save the ends to use in another dish, or discard. Arrange the bread slices in the prepared baking pan. Tuck strawberry slices between and around the bread.

  • Whisk eggs, milk, cream, sugar, lemon zest, almond extract, and salt together until well combined.

  • Pour the egg mixture over the bread slices. Press down on the top of the bread to help the egg absorb; it's okay if a little is in the bottom of the pan. Let stand for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Bake in the center of the preheated oven until the bread is firm when gently pressed and the top is crispy and golden, 45 to 55 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

You can use 2% or whole milk.


If you are making this the night before, cover the pan with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours. Let the pan stand on the counter while you are preheating the oven.

Nutrition Facts

406.2 calories; 16.3 g protein; 51.8 g carbohydrates; 211.3 mg cholesterol; 628 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
It needs cinnamon and nutmeg Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
Fabulous ingredients but the end result was a soggy ... not good texture. It was a perfect crusty on the outside though. It’s sad but probably won’t repeat. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 2 stars
Fabulous ingredients but the end result was a soggy ... not good texture. It was a perfect crusty on the outside though. It’s sad but probably won’t repeat. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I agree with those that say saturating the bread with the entire mixture will result in a soggy mess. I dipped each slice of bread into the egg mixture and then poured about 1 1/2 cups over the bread in the casserole dish. I then baked it at 350 degrees for 30 minutes checked it and added 10 minutes after that. That turned out perfect. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I thought this was excellent! I always change recipes at least a little. For this one, I added some cream cheese cut into cubes, and didn’t add the almond extract because I didn’t have any. But I think that would have been a great addition. Loved the taste of the lemon zest! We are this with some maple syrup and it was really delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent! Everybody loved it and wants it again. A little healthier w/o the sugar and heavy cream. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My family loved it! I used 12 slices of cinnamon raisin bread and one less egg, less sugar and it came out amazing! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
This was so soggy. Kids, husband and self couldn’t eat it. It was a waste of ingredients. So sad. I tried to take individual pieces and fry them on a pan but it was unsalvageable. Don’t waste your time and money on this one. I wanted to love it but it was worse than I expected even with other reviews warning how soggy it is. More baking time did not help either. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I cut the recipe in half because l only wanted it for two. Instead of almond extract, I used vanilla extract. It was very good and intend to use the entire recipe when I have guest. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I followed the instructions but put it in the refrigerator overnight. Then baked it the next morning for brunch with bacon, delicious. I will definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I didn't put in strawberries. It was really good, but could use a bit more almond extract. I also sprinkled it with cinnamon sugar before I baked it. It made enough for at least one more meal! Read More