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I loved this recipe for when you are entertaining several people. You don’t have to wake up 2 hours early to cook for everyone, just pop it in the oven and they’ll come running when it’s ready. I loved the syrup too, I will be making that for our regular French toast and pancakes.

For this recipe I used a Hawaiian bread and it worked just fine. I actually used 2 of these loaves to make the whole recipe.

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Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole

(Adapted from Mom On Time Out)


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10-12 slices day old Challah, French, Italian or any other bread good for French Toast

12 oz light cream cheese

⅔ cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 tsp lemon juice

10 eggs

¾ cup milk

¾ cup half-and-half

⅓ cup maple syrup

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

2 cups sliced strawberries


Lightly grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.


Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy.


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Beat in sugar until thoroughly combined.


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Beat in 1 egg and lemon juice until thoroughly combined. Set aside.


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Whisk together 10 eggs, milk, half-and-half, maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.


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Schmear bread with cream cheese mixture. Layer on sliced strawberries. Place another slice of bread on top to create a sandwich. Repeat for all slices of bread.


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Cut into cubes and place approximately two-thirds of the sandwich cubes into baking dish.


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Top with remaining strawberries and drizzle remaining cream cheese mixture over the top.


Place remaining sandwich cubes on top.


Finally, pour egg mixture over the top.


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Press down lightly and cover with plastic wrap.


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Refrigerate overnight.


Remove from refrigerator and let rest while you preheat the oven to 350 degrees.


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Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.


Remove foil and bake for another 25-35 minutes or until the surface is golden and the center is set.


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Serve with maple syrup or additional fresh strawberries and whipped cream.


Strawberry-Maple Syrup

½ cup strawberry jam

½ cup maple syrup


Combine equal parts strawberry jam (or jelly or preserves) and maple syrup. Heat on medium-high heat in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until the jam has dissolved into the syrup.

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