French Toast Casserole with Cream Cheese and Blackberries

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A serving of French Toast Cream Cheese Casserole on a plate with blackberries.

Why You’ll Love This Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

The Ultimate Breakfast. This casserole is an excellent blend of French toast and a sweet, indulgent breakfast casserole — much like a Fench Toast Bread Pudding.

Easy Breakfast Recipe. All the prep and assembly are done the day before, so the next morning, you only need to bake, slice, and add your favorite toppings!

Treat Your Loved Ones. This is the perfect dish for special occasions, like Christmas morning, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter morning, or when hosting overnight guests. 

Ingredients for cream cheese french toast casserole with blackberries on a table.

Ingredient Notes

  • Loaf of French bread | For best results, use a loaf of stale bread.
  • Cream cheese | Use room-temperature cream cheese for easier blending.
  • Sugar | Powdered sugar sweetens the plain cream cheese.
  • Blackberries | Use fresh blackberries for the sweetest and juiciest results.
  • Eggs | Add 6 large eggs to help bind the ingredients and bring the French toast to life.
  • Half and Half | Half-and-half brings a rich creaminess to the casserole.
  • Cinnamon | Use quality ground cinnamon for the best results!
  • Vanilla | Vanilla extract adds depth to the creamy and sweet flavors of the overnight casserole.
  • Brown Sugar | Add complexity to the sweet notes of the dish with firmly packed brown sugar, bringing notes of molasses

How to make Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

This Blackberry French Toast bake is perfect for weekend company or breakfast in bed for that special someone. It soaks overnight for easy baking the following day!

STEP 1 | Prep the bread

First, cut the bread into cubes with a bread knife. If the bread is still soft, place it on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for 8-10 minutes to dry it out before assembling the casserole.

When you are ready to assemble the casserole, lightly coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray. Add half of the bread cubes to the dish, saving the rest for a later step.

Bread cut into cubes on a cutting board; cream cheese and powdered sugar in a bowl with beaters.

STEP 2 | Mix the cream cheese mixture

Using an electric mixer, beat the softened cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar until smooth. Drop dollops of cream cheese and sugar by spoonfuls on top of the bread cubes in the baking dish.

Bread cubes layered in a baking dish with dollops of cream cheese and blackberries.

STEP 3 | Add berries and the rest of the bread

Then, sprinkle the blackberries into the dish and top all with the reserved bread cubes.

Pouring egg mixture over bread cubes in a baking dish for french toast casserole; brown sugar sprinkled on top of the casserole before baking.

STEP 4 | Pour egg mixture and chill overnight

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Pour the egg mixture over the casserole, then evenly sprinkle the brown sugar over the top.

Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

STEP 5 | Bake the next morning

Preheat the oven to 350° F and remove the casserole from the fridge, removing the plastic wrap. Bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the mixture is set. Finally, let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

STEP 6 | Add toppings and enjoy!

I like to serve the French toast casserole warm from the oven with fresh blackberries, powdered sugar, and real maple syrup. Enjoy!

Tips from the Home Chef’s Kitchen

If desired, add extra cinnamon on top.

Don’t skip the overnight process, as it gives the bread plenty of time to soak up all the egg mixture.

Breakfast casseroles are the ultimate life hack for busy mornings and big families. Not to mention, they are always delicious!

For more easy morning casserole recipes, try my Sausage Egg Breakfast Casserole and Mexican Egg Casserole.

French Toast Bake with cream cheese and blackberries on top in a baking dish on a table.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Kind of Bread. You can use another type of bread, if preferred, as long as it is sturdy with a soft crust, like brioche and challah bread.
  • Blueberry French Toast Casserole. Swap the blackberries with blueberries if you want a sweeter French toast casserole.
  • More Fresh Fruit. You can replace the berries with any fruit. Try this recipe with peaches, apples, strawberries, or bananas. 
  • If desired, make the milk mixture with whole milk instead of half and half. However, half and half produces creamier and richer results.

Storage and Reheating Tips

  • Leftover French toast casserole lasts about two days in the fridge in an airtight container. Then, reheat the recipe in the oven or microwave to enjoy it again.
  • You can also freeze this recipe to store it for longer. Wrap the leftovers in aluminum foil and keep them in freezer-safe bags for up to two months in the freezer. Before reheating, let the dish thaw completely by placing it in the fridge overnight. 
A serving of french toast on a table with a plate of bacon.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep French toast casserole from getting soggy?

A common mistake with French toast casserole is using regular white sandwich bread. This will definitely result in a soggy texture. On the other hand, if you used the right bread for this recipe, your casserole may have turned out soggy from letting it sit for too long or not baking it long enough.

What’s the difference between Texas French toast and French toast?

Texas toast is a type of bread, while French toast is a dish that uses bread along with other ingredients. In fact, Texas toast is a thick and sturdy bread that is great for making French toast!

What is the best thick bread for French toast?

The secret to good French toast is sturdy bread with a soft crust. Some excellent toppings are brioche, challah, shokupan, and French bread. You also want to avoid loaves with thick crusts and large holes inside.

Can frozen blackberries be used?

Sure! First, let the frozen berries thaw to release the excess liquid and avoid a soggy casserole.

French Toast Casserole on a plate drizzled with maple syrup.

Looking for more  French Toast Recipes?

You’ve come to the right place! My Banana French Toast is great for using leftover banana bread, and these Crunchy French Toast Sticks have a cornflake crust. Or, try my irresistible Stuffed French Toast or this classic French Toast with Blueberry Syrup.

What to Serve with Cream Cheese French Toast Bake

Blackberry French Toast can be served with either fresh blackberries, a dusting of powdered sugar, or maple syrup—or choose all three! A dollop of fresh whipped cream would also be a delicious touch.

Complete your breakfast with a refreshing Tropical Fruit Salad or a bowl of Greek yogurt topped with my Homemade Buttery Honey Nut Granola Recipe.

Close up view of French Toast Casserole in a baking dish on a table.

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A serving of French Toast Cream Cheese Casserole on a plate with blackberries.

French Toast Casserole with Cream Cheese and Blackberries

Perfect for weekend company or breakfast in bed for that special someone, Blackberry French Toast soaks overnight for easy baking the next morning. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings
Calories 302 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 14-oz. French bread loaf cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 oz. cream cheese room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

Instructions
 

  • Lightly coat a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Add half of the bread cubes to the dish and save the rest for a later step.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Drop the mixture by spoonfuls on top of the bread cubes in the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the blackberries into the dish and top all with the reserved bread cubes.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Pour the egg mixture over the casserole, then evenly sprinkle the brown sugar over the top. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • To bake, preheat the oven to 350° F. Bake uncovered for 40-45 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the mixture is set. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Serve warm with fresh blackberries, powdered sugar, and maple syrup, if desired.

Notes

  • For best results, use stale bread. If the bread is still soft, cut it into cubes and place on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for 8-10 minutes to dry it out before assembling the casserole.
  • If desired, add extra cinnamon on top.
  • Don’t skip the overnight process, as it gives the bread plenty of time to soak up all the egg mixture.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 302kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 9gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 189mgSodium: 184mgPotassium: 218mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 837IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 133mgIron: 1mg

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

Keyword blackberry, brunch, cream cheese, french toast
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Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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