Overnight Raisin French Toast Recipe
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Overnight Raisin French Toast Recipe

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“This recipe came from a colleague years ago and has become a potluck, brunch and family favorite! My staff used to ask for it every holiday. I love the convenience of great make-ahead recipes and this is one I turn to all the time. I like to sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar when removing it from the oven." Stephanie Weaver - Sligo, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) cinnamon-raisin bread, cubed
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, cubed
  • 8 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 305 calories, 14 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 177 mg cholesterol, 197 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 10 g protein.


  1. Place half of the bread cubes in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Top with cream cheese and remaining bread.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk remaining ingredients. Pour over top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 15-20 minutes longer or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Overnight Raisin French Toast in Simple & Delicious November/December 2008, p49

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Reviewed May. 8, 2016

"Great recipe. I used cinnamon bread without raisins (grandkids do not like raisins), I mixed the cream cheese with 1/2 cup of the half and half, this left 1 cup half and half to add to the egg mixture, I did not add the sugar, it was delicious!"

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"Made this casserole for Christmas brunch. Liked that it was prepared the night before, and was so simple. Wonderful flavors, and the leftovers reheated well."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2016

"I have made this for ladies' Bible study brunch and for our Christmas morning brunch. Always a hit! I try to get cinnamon, raisin bread."

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2015

"made this for my grandkids - huge success they liked it with whipped cream on top - thanks"

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"This is a great recipe! I used a raisin egg challah and being sweeter than regular raisin bread, I cut the sugar in half. I sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top when serving and it was plenty sweet enough. This is definitely a keeper,"

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