Overnight Strawberry French Toast

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Recipe: #4812

March 02, 2012

Categories: French Toast

"I copied this recipe from an Ontario Egg Farmers pamphlet I received in the mail. It is a great make-ahead breakfast. I tried this recipe the first time for breakfast after a sleep-over my then teenage daughter had with a bunch of her friends. They loved these!!!"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (254.9 g)
  • Calories 404.4
  • Total Fat - 27.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 13.1 g
  • Cholesterol - 471.5 mg
  • Sodium - 402.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 17.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.2 g
  • Sugars - 9.9 g
  • Protein - 19.5 g
  • Calcium - 201.2 mg
  • Iron - 2.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Make a pocket in each bread slice by cutting in half horizontally, leaving about 1 inch uncut.

Step 2

Combine cream cheese and jam.

Step 3

Spread about 2 tablespoons of the mixture into each bread pocket.

Step 4

Place slices in two 9 inch x 13 inch pans.

Step 5

Whisk together eggs, milk, and almond and vanilla extracts.

Step 6

Pour an equal amount of egg mixture into each pan.

Step 7

Turn slices over, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Step 8

Spray a 10 inch by 15 inch baking pan with cooking spray.

Step 9

Place bread slices in pan; bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes; turn slices over and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes longer.

Step 10

Sift icing sugar over French toast and sprinkle with maple syrup.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For best results, use a large, crusty loaf of bread that is a day old.
  • Be sure to use strawberry flavored cream cheese for the best flavor.

  • Substitute almond milk for regular milk for a dairy-free version. The benefit of this substitution is that it makes the recipe suitable for those with dairy allergies or those who are vegan. It also adds a subtle nutty flavor to the French toast.
  • Substitute agave syrup for maple syrup for a lower-sugar version. The benefit of this substitution is that it reduces the amount of added sugar, making the recipe healthier. Agave syrup also has a milder flavor than maple syrup, which allows the other flavors of the French toast to shine through.

Banana French Toast Replace the strawberry cream cheese and jam with mashed banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Omit the almond extract and use 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg instead of the vanilla extract. Before baking, top the French toast with a mixture of melted butter, brown sugar, and chopped walnuts.

Fresh Fruit Salad - This light and refreshing side dish is the perfect accompaniment to the rich and creamy Overnight Strawberry French Toast. The combination of sweet and tart fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple with a hint of honey and lime is sure to please any palate.

Cinnamon-Sugar Roasted Nuts: These sweet and crunchy roasted nuts are the perfect complement to the Fresh Fruit Salad. The combination of cinnamon, sugar, and nuts provides a delicious contrast to the tartness of the fruit. They are easy to make and add an extra layer of flavor to the meal.


Q: How long should I bake the French toast?

A: Bake the French toast at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, then turn the slices over and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes longer.

Q: What ingredients do I need to make French toast?

A: You will need eggs, milk, bread, butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Optional ingredients include vanilla extract, nutmeg, and other spices.

3 Reviews


I made it for my grandchildren when they came to visit. They loved it and we did too. Easy to make and I liked that you make it ahead, so it's not so stressful for me in the morning!


review by:
(10 Jul 2021)


I had some strawberries I had to use up, so I cut them up and put them in a pot with a little water and sugar, and boiled until the strawberries were soft, then added a slurry of cornstarch and water, to thicken it a little. I let it cool, then used it in place of the jam. Kids and hubby went bonkers over it! Opps, almost forgot. We spooned the rest of the strawberries on top at serving time and added a dollop of whip cream. Yum!


review by:
(27 Jan 2021)


I made a strawberry sauce by cooking down fresh strawberries and adding sugar and used it instead of the jam. We loved these and have had them at least 3 times since the first time. A real favorite with us!


review by:
(7 Apr 2013)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: The French Toast is believed to have originated in the Roman Empire, with the dish being called "pan dulcis". It was popularized in France during the Middle Ages.

Fun Fact 2: The classic French Toast recipe was served to President Thomas Jefferson at the White House in 1802. It was served with a side of honey and cream.