Mixed Berry French Toast Bake – the perfect make-ahead breakfast or brunch. Best of all, easy to customize with your favorite mixed berries and a creamy cheese filling.
Breakfast foods of any kind, will always be my favorite. Oatmeal, pancakes, muffins and for special holiday weekends, make-ahead casseroles.
They are the perfect make-ahead dish if you have guests coming over for brunch.
We have a few versions that we make depending on what we have on hand. Blueberry French Toast Bake, Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast Bake, Banana Pecan French Toast Bake and Caramel Apple Streusel French Toast Bake – these would all be perfect for spoiling that special mom figure in your life this Sunday.
This latest Mixed Berry French Toast Bake is another delicious option if you’ve got a ton of berries on hand. I love all the fresh berries that you can find now but you can totally use frozen too.
They go perfectly with the soft cream cheese filling and brown sugar streusel.
When you’re ready to serve, just top with your favorite syrup and some more fresh berries. A dollop of whipped cream would also be awesome.
Make ahead tips for this Mixed Berry French Toast Bake
- Slice the strawberries ahead of time
- Cut the bread in advance
- Mix the egg and milk mixture the night before
- prepare the streusel topping the night before and store in the fridge
- Assemble the night before and park it in the fridge overnight to soak up all that goodness
- 1 16-ounce 450 g loaf French bread, sourdough bread, or challah (day old bread works best), cut into 1-inch cubes with the ends discarded
- 1/2 cup cream cheese softened (optional - leave out if preferred)
- 1-1/2 - 2 cups mixed berries divided
- 6 large eggs
- 1-1/4 cups milk I used almond
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or honey
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter cold and cubed
- maple syrup
- fresh berries
- whipped cream
- powdered sugar
- Make the streusel topping: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon together. Cut in the cubed butter with a pastry blender or two forks. Set aside in the fridge.
- Lightly grease a 9x9-inch square baking dish or 2.5 quart casserole dish.
- Arrange half of the bread cubes in the bottom of the pan. Drop spoonfuls of the softened cream cheese over the bread and top with half of the mixed berries.
- Layer with remaining bread cubes on top.
- In a large bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla.
- Pour evenly over bread cubes. Press the bread cubes slightly down to absorb the milk/egg mixture.
- Top evenly with remaining berries. Sprinkle the streusel topping over top. Cover pan with foil. Allow to chill in the refrigerator for an hour or overnight.
- When ready to bake, remove french toast from the fridge. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake covered with foil for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 23-26 minutes or until fluffy and golden.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm with syrup and additional toppings if desired.
- Mixed Berry French Toast Bake bursting with berries and a great make-ahead breakfast or brunch.