Overnight French Toast Casserole

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole is loaded with cubed challah bread, cream cheese, and a homemade blueberry sauce. This french toast bake is the perfect make-ahead breakfast for the holidays!

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Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole in a white casserole dish with a piece missing.

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole

This Overnight French Toast Casserole is the perfect make-ahead breakfast for busy mornings or when you have company over. It’s super easy to prep the night before and makes a great breakfast for the holidays! All you need is 20 minutes of prep time to make this dish and it can be made a day or two in advance.

This french toast casserole is loaded with fresh blueberries, cream cheese, and cubed bread. It’s tossed in a rich custard made of eggs, milk, vanilla, and maple syrup. I made my french toast casserole with challah bread because that is what I had on hand. You could also use brioche or french bread. I first cube the bread then toss it with the cubed cream cheese and fresh blueberries in a buttered baking dish. Next, I whisk the milk, eggs, maple syrup, sugar, and vanilla extract.

Maple syrup is used to sweeten up the french toast casserole. It gives the blueberry french toast bake the perfect amount of sweetness with a hint of maple syrup.

While the french toast is baking I make the blueberry sauce. It’s super easy to make and is so delicious! All you need is four ingredients! Fresh blueberries, water, cornstarch, and sugar are simmered until thickened. I serve the blueberry sauce on the side for serving.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this baked french toast recipe:

Ingredients

  • Challah Bread: You can also use brioche, croissants, or french bread. Just make sure to use day-old bread. You can also leave the bread out on the counter overnight to dry up and harden.
  • Cream Cheese: This adds a creamy, tangy richness that reminds me of cheesecake. Cheesecake for breakfast?! Yes!
  • Blueberries: I prefer fresh blueberries for this recipe, however, you can use frozen too! They will take a little longer to cook than fresh but will still taste amazing.
  • Eggs: French toast is also known as “eggy bread” because the bread is dipped in egg before frying. This time it gets poured over the bread before baking.
  • Milk: Milk gets whisked with the egg mixture. You can use any milk of your choice.
  • Cinnamon & vanilla: These two ingredients add warmth, spice, and enhance the sweetness of the Blueberry French Toast Casserole recipe.
  • Maple Syrup: French toast and maple syrup are made for each other! Opt for real Grade A maple syrup when you can.
  • Granulated Sugar: Sugar sweetens the blueberry sauce. It’s delicious!
  • Cornstarch: This ingredient thickens the sauce so that it isn’t too runny.

Spatula lifting a piece of Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole from a white casserole dish.

How to make Overnight Blueberry French Toast Bake

  • Make the french toast bake: Add the cubed bread, cream cheese and blueberries to the pan and toss to combine. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and syrup. Pour over the bread.
  • Refrigerate overnight: Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat oven: When you are ready to eat remove it from the refrigerator while the oven is preheating. To 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  • Bake: Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 30 minutes, until golden brown and the center is no longer giggly.
  • Make the blueberry sauce: Add sugar, cornstarch, and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and whisk constantly for 4 minutes. Add in the blueberries, reduce heat and simmer until the blueberries burst and the sauce is thickened, 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve: Immediately with the blueberry sauce on the side or drizzled on top. I like to sprinkle powdered sugar on top as well! You can also serve more warm maple syrup on the side for drizzling.

What goes well with French Toast Casserole?

When I make this for parties or brunch I like to serve something savory to go alongside this sweet dish. Here are a few ideas:

Can you freeze this?

Yes, this easy blueberry french toast casserole is great to freeze before or after baking. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container for up to 2 months. I prefer to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and bake it in the morning.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is my French toast casserole soggy? French toast casserole can become soggy if there is too much egg mixture in the baking tray. It’s also a great idea to use day-old bread which is drier and absorbs the liquid a little when baking.
  • How long does french toast casserole last in the fridge? Keep Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole in the fridge for up to 3 days. I recommend baking it in the oven to reheat it.
  • What bread is used for French toast? Thick, day-old bread is perfect for both french toast and french toast casserole. Challah, brioche, croissants, french bread, or even Texas Toast are great options!

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Overnight Blueberry French Toast Bake

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Overnight Blueberry Cream Cheese French Toast Bake. The perfect make ahead breakfast!

Ingredients

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Bake

  • 8 cups day-old bread cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces cream cheese cut into cubes
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 10 eggs
  • 2 cups milk I used 2%
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

Blueberry Sauce

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Instructions

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Bake

  • Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
  • Add the cubed bread, cream cheese and blueberries to the pan and toss to combine.
  • In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and syrup. Pour over the bread. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  • When you are ready to eat remove from the refrigerator while the oven is preheating.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 30 minutes, until golden brown and the center is no longer giggly.

Blueberry Sauce

  • Add sugar, cornstarch and water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and whisk constantly for 4 minutes. Add in the blueberries, reduce heat and simmer until the blueberries burst and the sauce is thickened, 8-10 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with the french toast casserole.
Nutrition Facts
Overnight Blueberry French Toast Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 454 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 242mg81%
Sodium 344mg15%
Potassium 305mg9%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 797IU16%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 183mg18%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Breakfast, Breakfast Meal Prep, Easy Breakfast Bake, Overnight Blueberry French Toast Bake

Originally published July 20, 2018

 

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