Overnight Strawberry French Toast Recipe

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I served this one year to friends for Easter brunch and everyone loved it, so I've made it year-round since then! —Patricia Schmeling
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 loaf (1 pound) unsliced French bread
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) spreadable strawberry cream cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, divided
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 577 calories, 22g fat (12g saturated fat), 187mg cholesterol, 779mg sodium, 81g carbohydrate (40g sugars, 5g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. Cut bread into 3/4-in. slices; spread 12 slices with about 1 tablespoon cream cheese. Top with another 12 slices to form sandwiches. Place in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, whisk eggs, milk, 1/4 cup sugar and salt; pour over sandwiches. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Chop 1 cup strawberries; place in a small bowl. Stir in amaretto or extract and remaining sugar. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  4. Remove French toast from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Brush bread with butter. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Meanwhile, slice remaining strawberries; stir into chilled strawberry mixture. Serve over French toast. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Strawberry French Toast in Test Kitchen Favorites 2004 2005, p170

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nhfletch User ID: 82699 135182
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2013

"Fixed this for Christmas breakfast - it's a keeper!"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 156509
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2012

"This is quite delicious! A nice breakfast to serve to company. I used sourdough French bread.

~ Theresa"

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