Strawberry-Topped French Toast Bake

Enjoy this delicious French toast bake topped with strawberries.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 9 hr 0 min
  • Servings 6

French Toast Bake

1
loaf (16 oz) French bread (about 18 inches long), cut into 24 (3/4-inch-thick) slices
1
container (8 oz) pineapple cream cheese spread
4
eggs
1
cup milk
1/4
cup sugar
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon ground cinnamon
2
tablespoons butter, melted

Topping

1
quart (4 cups) fresh strawberries
1/2
cup sugar
2
tablespoons amaretto, if desired

  • 1 Spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Spread about 1 tablespoon cream cheese on 12 bread slices. Top with remaining bread slices to form 12 sandwiches. Place sandwiches in baking dish to cover bottom of dish.
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat eggs. Beat in milk, 1/4 cup sugar, the salt and cinnamon until well blended. Pour over bread in baking dish. Let stand at room temperature 5 minutes. Turn bread slices over. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  • 3 Chop 1 cup of the strawberries. (Refrigerate remaining berries.) In nonmetal bowl, gently stir chopped strawberries, 1/2 cup sugar and the amaretto until mixed. Cover; refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  • 4 When ready to bake, heat oven to 400°F. Uncover baking dish; drizzle bread slices with melted butter. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 5 Meanwhile, slice remaining strawberries and add to chilled strawberry mixture; mix lightly. Serve French toast with strawberry topping.

Expert Tips

The French serve French toast more for dessert, than breakfast using French bread as well as day-old brioche and croissants for the bread. This variation is prepared with French bread that soaks overnight and is then baked rather than fried.

If you are serving this French toast to strawberry lovers, prepare it with strawberry cream cheese instead of the pineapple cream cheese.

Use a serrated bread knife to easily cut through the bread slices. Slice off and discard the loaf ends so each slice will readily soak up the egg mixture.

Enjoy this recipe with crisp bacon strips and freshly squeezed orange juice.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
600
(
Calories from Fat
220),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
24g
24%
(Saturated Fat
13g,
13%
),
Cholesterol
195mg
195%;
Sodium
760mg
760%;
Total Carbohydrate
77g
77%
(Dietary Fiber
5g
5%
  Sugars
38g
38%
),
Protein
16g
16%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
70%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
20%;
Exchanges:
3 Starch; 2 Fruit; 5 Other Carbohydrate; 3 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.