This Overnight French Toast Casserole with Cream Cheese is a perfect make-ahead dish for breakfast!
Are you a fan of bread pudding? I never thought I was even though I had probably never even tried it. It seems to often contain raisins, which is kind of a deal breaker for me. When I found out that french toast casserole (which I love) and bread pudding are practically the same thing, I changed my mind. Leave out the raisins, and I will gladly accept a big bowlful!
I found a recipe for overnight french toast casserole in a magazine a few years ago, made it for Christmas morning, and a tradition was born. The whole family loves this one, and it’s easy to put together before bed and bake when you wake up. Drizzle with a little more maple syrup, grab a cup of coffee, and breakfast doesn’t get much better than that!
Sadly, I’ve had to give up wheat since I started making this french toast casserole with cream cheese, and I was afraid it meant the end of our Christmas morning tradition. Last year I made it with a combination of gluten-free and spelt (which I can eat) sandwich bread, and it still turned out great!! I was so happy to still indulge in a big hunk of bready goodness even though I can’t eat regular bread anymore.
While I don’t have a cookbook (yet), this recipe DID appear in print in my oldest’s preschool cookbook a few years ago. That might be as close as I get to hitting it big and getting my work in print. The recipe did feature a photo of my kid in his Christmas jammies eating this breakfast casserole, so it might be even better than a “real” cookbook. I hope you will keep coming back to this version again and again!
Here are some other breakfast casseroles you might enjoy: