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Raspberry and Cream Cheese French Toast Bake

Baked French Toast combines everything you love about French toast in a casserole-style dish that can be made ahead and is great for a crowd. Raspberries add tart freshness and cream cheese gives it a rich finish.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: breakfast casserole, brunch, entertaining, feed a crowd, make ahead
Servings: 10
Calories: 337kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $8.00

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowls
  • 3 Quart Casserole Dish

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces Cream Cheese (be sure to use block cream cheese)
  • 8 large Eggs
  • 2 cups Milk
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 pound Sourdough bread, sliced into cubes
  • 1 ½ cups Raspberries, fresh or frozen
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
  • Maple Syrup, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Before getting started, place the block of cream cheese in the freezer for 10 minutes. (It will be easier to cube if very cold.) Slice into even cubes about ½-inch in size. Place in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F / 177°C.
  • Lightly grease a 9x13 casserole dish (or other 3 quart casserole dish).
  • Whisk together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  • Place bread cubes in a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour egg mixture over bread cubes and gently fold / stir until most of the egg mixture is absorbed by the bread. (This may take a few minutes of folding and stirring.)
  • Spread half the bread cubes out in the casserole dish. Top with half the cream cheese cubes and raspberries. Finish with second half of bread and then remaining cream cheese and raspberries.
  • Cover casserole dish tightly with foil. Bake until set, 35 minutes (if assembled ahead and very cold, add 15 minutes to this initial bake time).
  • Remove foil and continue baking, uncovered, until deep golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes more.
  • Remove from oven and rest for 5 minutes (it will continue to firm up as it rests).
  • Dust with powdered sugar. Slice and serve with maple syrup.

Notes

Make Ahead - If making ahead, assemble in baking dish and cover. Bake directly from the refrigerator (adding 15 minutes to the covered bake time as directed above).

Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 718IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3mg