Strawberry Baked Challah French Toast made with Salted Caramel Irish Cream is the breakfast of champions! Boozy, buttery, rich, savory, and slightly sweet french toast with muted notes of creamy caramel, a walnut streusel and homemade strawberry syrup. This overnight french toast casserole is ultimately delicious and a breeze to whip together! It’s perfect for entertaining, but since it’s a make ahead bake, it’s also easy enough for any given Sunday Brunch!Hi y’all! How was everyone’s weekend and Super Bowl Sunday? Did you attend or host a party? What was the best game day grub you devoured?
Boy and I decided to forgo attending the party we were invited to because he wasn’t feeling well. So instead we watched the game in our pajamas, from the comfort of our couch, with a couple bowls of popcorn in our laps… and some beverages of course. Beer for him and wine for me.
As I’m typing this the game is on, so I can’t even comment as to who won… or talk smack. Let’s just say I hope your team won. As long as you are rooting for the panthers, because I gotta cheer for my new home state! 😉
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*Updated at 9 am Monday – obviously the panthers lost… sad day for the world. 😉 I’ll be eating my feelings with this baked french toast.Anyways, today we are going to keep it going strong with the Valentine’s Day recipes, because that $1,000 Amazon Gift Card is still up for grabs.
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This French toast is the epitome of breakfast decadence. It is boozy, buttery, rich, savory, and slightly sweet with muted notes of creamy caramel.
It is ultimately delicious and should be titled, “breakfast of champions”. That would have been a shorter title, huh? While this easy, make ahead Strawberry French Toast bake is seriously tasty on its own, this is my food blog you are reading, and I never leave well enough alone. I always feel the need to take things just one (or three) step further.
And, in this case it comes in the form of walnut streusel and strawberry maple syrup.
The walnut streusel adds the perfect amount of crumbly, sugary crunch. And the syrup is the perfect sticky, fruity finishing touch. Both of these are optional, although I don’t recommend skipping them! Obviously.
But, not only is this jazzed up Strawberry Baked Challah French Toast recipe is outrageously delicious, it is also a cinch to throw together and all of it can be prepared a day in advance.
Since this French toast is baked, you don’t need to slave away, standing over the stove flipping slices of bread on repeat. Instead you can kick back, relax and pour yourself a Bloody Mary or two.
…Or you can do what I did and make this for your hunny on a weekday, pour yourself a glass of iced coffee and get some work done. Either way, win win. So show your loved one(s) how much you love them this Valentine’s Day and whip them up something incredibly good to eat – Strawberry Baked Challah French Toast. Until next time friends, Cheers – to boozing up your breakfast.
How to make Strawberry Baked Challah French Toast at home👇
Baked Salted Caramel Irish Cream Challah French toast is the breakfast of champions! Boozy, buttery, rich, savory, and slightly sweet with muted notes of creamy caramel. This overnight french toast is ultimately delicious and a breeze to whip together!
- 1 loaf Challah Bread – cut into 1’’ thick slices (can substitute brioche)
- 1 Cup Whole Milk
- ½ Cup Salted Caramel Irish Cream
- 3 large Eggs
- 3 TBS Light Brown Sugar
- ¼ tsp Kosher Salt
- 2 TBS Unsalted Butter – melted and cooled, plus more for greasing pan
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- Strawberry Syrup:
- 1 ½ heaping Cups Strawberries – hulled & roughly chopped (about 8 ounces)
- 1 Cup Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 TBS Honey
- Walnut Streusel:
- 1/3 Cup Walnuts – roughly chopped
- 5 ½ TBS All Purpose Flour
- 3 TBS Light Brown Sugar , packed
- 1 ½ TBS Granulated Sugar
- ¼ tsp Kosher Salt
- 2 ½ TBS Unsalted Butter , melted
- Confectioner’s Sugar – for dusting
- Strawberries – sliced
- Prepare French Toast Bake: Grease a 8x11’’ baking pan with butter. Arrange bread slices in two rows, slightly overlapping.
- In a large bowl mix together all ingredients except bread. Carefully pour over the bread, gently separating the slices with your fingers to get in between slices.
- Wrap pan tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
- Make the Strawberry Syrup: In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring the maple syrup, honey and a pinch of salt to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until reduced by half, 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add in the strawberries and simmer until strawberries are softened, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside, allowing the strawberries to steep, for 20-25 minutes.
- Prepare the Walnut Streusel: Place all ingredients, except for melted butter, in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Drizzle in the melted butter and stir with a fork until large and small chunks form. Set aside.
- Bake: When ready to bake, remove French toast from refrigerator and set on counter. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Gently spoon any pooled liquid at the bottom of the baking pan over the top of the bread. Sprinkle streusel evenly over the top, gently pushing streusel between slices of bread.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes. If the top starts browning, tent it gently with foil.
- Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Dust with confectioner’s sugar. Serve with butter and strawberry syrup.
*Streusel will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days
*Syrup will keep, covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days