Christmas Morning Baked French Toast Casserole

Hello from 30,000 feet! As you read this, I am heading back to NYC for just a few days! I’ll be celebrating Steven’s birthday, and attending a going-away party that our friends are throwing us. ๐Ÿ™‚ So very bittersweet indeed.

I have a phenomenal recipe for you tonight.

The most decadent Baked French Toast Casserole - stuffed with pockets of sweet cream cheese and fresh blueberries! The perfect start to your Christmas morning! #recipe #food #brunch #breakfast #christmas #holiday #baking #sweets #yummy #yum

My mom made this for our house guests for our engagement party last month, and oh my gosh it was such a hit!

The most decadent Baked French Toast Casserole - stuffed with pockets of sweet cream cheese and fresh blueberries! The perfect start to your Christmas morning! #recipe #food #brunch #breakfast #christmas #holiday #baking #sweets #yummy #yum

Crusty bread that soaks overnight in the most delicious sweet vanilla custard, and stuffed with pockets of sweet cream cheese and plump blueberries.

The most decadent Baked French Toast Casserole - stuffed with pockets of sweet cream cheese and fresh blueberries! The perfect start to your Christmas morning! #recipe #food #brunch #breakfast #christmas #holiday #baking #sweets #yummy #yum

Talk about a festive way to start a special day!

Ingredients

Casserole:
12 slices day-old bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 cup fresh blueberries
12 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
โ…“ cup maple syrup

Directions

Step 1: Prepare casserole: Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. Arrange 1/2 of the bread cubes in the dish and top with cream cheese cubes. Sprinkle blueberries over the cream cheese, then top with remaining bread cubes.

Step 2: Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and syrup together in a large bowl until well-combined; pour over the bread cubes. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Step 3: Remove casserole from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 4: Bake casserole in the preheated oven, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking until center is firm and surface is lightly browned, about 25 to 30 minutes.

Step 5: Serve with warm syrup on top!

The most decadent Baked French Toast Casserole - stuffed with pockets of sweet cream cheese and fresh blueberries! The perfect start to your Christmas morning! #recipe #food #brunch #breakfast #christmas #holiday #baking #sweets #yummy #yum

When I tell you – this casserole was gone the minute we put it down! People went back for seconds…some even snuck a “tiny third!”

The most decadent Baked French Toast Casserole - stuffed with pockets of sweet cream cheese and fresh blueberries! The perfect start to your Christmas morning! #recipe #food #brunch #breakfast #christmas #holiday #baking #sweets #yummy #yum

The textural variety in it was so delightful – some crunchy, some chewy, some creamy, and even a pop of blueberry!

But the cream cheese was far and away the best part. And topped with a drizzle of maple syrup — it was just the best!

The most decadent Baked French Toast Casserole - stuffed with pockets of sweet cream cheese and fresh blueberries! The perfect start to your Christmas morning! #recipe #food #brunch #breakfast #christmas #holiday #baking #sweets #yummy #yum

Bookmark this recipe and make it for your Christmas celebration! I know we are!

Until tomorrow!

CARALYN’S COOKING CORNER!

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3 responses to “Christmas Morning Baked French Toast Casserole”

  1. Oh my gosh, your mother’s creation looks sooo delicious, Caralyn! Have a great time at the party and safe travels home to Ohio!

  2. Unfortunately, I gained seven pounds just looking at your recipes, thank you very much.
    ‘Course I gained another seven making biscotti and shortbread cookies for our Boomers’ group, so I suppose that makes us even. ๐Ÿ˜
    โค๏ธ&๐Ÿ™, c.a.

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