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French toast casserole with cream cheese is a tasty make-ahead breakfast! Each bite is bursting with rich cream cheese.

Serve this delicious French toast casserole the next morning with some Fruit Salad, Breakfast Sausage, or Bacon in the Oven.

A slice of french toast casserole with cream cheese on a plate.

We love This For Brunch or Breakfast!

This thick vanilla and cinnamon french toast casserole is layered with sweet cream cheese filling for a quick and easy breakfast delight.

If you love our classic French Toast Casserole, this variation will also be a favorite.

Here’s why we love it!

  • Quick. With only a 15-minute prep, it’s ready to chill in a jiff!
  • Make ahead. Because it is made the night before, it makes for a simple morning.
  • Enjoy all day long. This is perfect for a lovely brunch, a Saturday morning or any busy holiday like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Ingredients

  • sourdough bread Or use another study, slightly stale bread such as challah or brioche.
  • cream cheese – Block-style full-fat cream cheese produces the best texture, but low-fat can also be used.
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs
  • milk
  • heavy whipping cream
  • sugar
  • all-purpose flour
  • brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • butter

Pro Tip!

Slightly stale bread will allow the custard to be absorbed without making it soggy. To make your own stale bread, spread the cubes evenly on a baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake for 5-8 minutes.

Prep the Day Before

  1. PREP. Cut loaf into cubes and place half of them evenly in a greased 9×13 pan.
  2. CREAM CHEESE MIXTURE. Place cream cheese powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla in a medium bowl and beat until smooth. Drop spoonfuls of cream cheese mixture over bread cubes, then top with remaining bread cubes.
  3. EGG MIXTURE. In a bowl, mix together eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla. Pour evenly over bread. Cover your pan with Saran Wrap and refrigerate overnight (or for a few hours)
  4. TOPPING. Mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
  5. CHILL. Cut in butter with this mixture until crumbly and place in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate overnight as well.
  6. BAKE. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  7. TOPPING. Take the pan and Ziploc bag out when ready to bake. Sprinkle crumbly mixture evenly over the bread. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how soft you like it.

Recipe Tips

  • Add fruit. Adding blueberries, raspberries, or apples. Simply mix the fruit into the casserole. Once baked top it with a coordinating fruit syrup. 
  • Baking. If the casserole is beginning to brown, but the center is not quite done, place a piece of tented tin foil over the top for the rest of the baking time. 
  • Soggy casserole. Three main reasons for a soggy casserole: too much egg mixture to the amount of bread, it was baked at too low of a temperature, or it wasn’t baked long enough.
Cubed bread and cream cheese topped with cinnamon sugar.

Storing Info

  • Make ahead of time. It needs at least 3-4 hours for the custard to absorb into the bread. 
  • STORE leftover casserole, covered, in the fridge for 4-5 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven for best results.
  • FREEZE. Add the streusel topping before freezing or save it to add right before baking. Bake the casserole first or freeze it unbaked.
    • Cool if applicable, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and again with foil. Label and then freeze for up to 2 months. 
  • Heat an unbaked dish: Thaw in the fridge overnight. Remove the plastic and place the foil back on. Bake covered for about 30 minutes and then bake uncovered for the remainder of the time.
  • Reheat a previously baked dish: Thawed first or reheat straight from the freezer. Remove the plastic and cover it with foil. Bake until heated through, remove the foil halfway during the baking time.
French toast casserole with cream cheese topped with blackberries.

For More French Toast:

5 from 66 votes

French Toast Casserole with Cream Cheese

By: Lil’ Luna
French toast casserole with cream cheese is a tasty make-ahead breakfast! Each bite is bursting with rich cream cheese.
Servings: 12
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
chill time: 4 hours
Total: 5 hours

Ingredients 

Topping

Instructions 

  • Cut loaf into cubes and place half of them evenly in a greased 9×13 pan.
  • Place cream cheese powdered sugar and 1 tsp vanilla in a medium bowl and beat until smooth. Drop spoonfuls of cream cheese mixture over bread cubes, then top with remaining bread cubes.
  • In a bowl, mix together eggs, milk, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla. Pour evenly over bread. Cover your pan with Saran Wrap and refrigerate overnight (or for a few hours)
  • Mix together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
  • Cut in butter with this mixture until crumbly and place in a Ziploc bag and refrigerate overnight as well.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Take the pan and Ziploc bag out when ready to bake. Sprinkle crumbly mixture evenly over the bread. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on how soft you like it.

Video

Notes

  • Make ahead of time. It needs at least 3-4 hours for the custard to absorb into the bread. 
  • STORE leftover casserole, covered, in the fridge for 4-5 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven for best results.
  • FREEZE. Add the streusel topping before freezing or save it to add right before baking. Bake the casserole first or freeze it unbaked.
    • Cool if applicable, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and again with foil. Label and then freeze for up to 2 months. 

Nutrition

Calories: 458kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 168mg, Sodium: 436mg, Potassium: 197mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 860IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 116mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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40 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this for Easter. Thought I had powdered sugar but didn’t so I substituted cocoa powder for a chocolate twist. It was the hit of brunch ! Everyone LOVED it. So easy to make, especially the night before then pop in the oven.

    1. Ooh that sounds tasty with a chocolate twist! So glad it still worked out and tasted delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi there! I’m curious if I could make this with frozen sliced peaches inside of it? Would you recommend thawing them first? Adding with the cream cheese? Let me know your suggestions!! Thank you!

    1. Yummy!! You can use frozen fruit. That should work just fine! I would add the fruit when you add the crumble topping. Once the bread has all soaked in overnight, you can add the fruit on top and mix it with that top layer of bread. Then add the crumble and bake. Hope you enjoy!

  3. 5 stars
    Love that this is make ahead-able
    And even love more the taste!!!
    Made one according to recipe, and made one with some berries (maybe a cup), next time will add more berries.
    Even yummy cold!

  4. Hi, I’m planning to serve this for brunch. I’m concerned that the sourdough loaf won’t provide enough for 2 layers in a 9×13 baking dish. What size loaf do you use?

    1. I used the cut loaf (circle loaf) from aldis. I also was questioning 2 layers, but was plenty. Tastes amazing