This Baked Strawberry French Toast Casserole is incredibly delicious and a breeze to throw together! Made with fresh strawberries, buttery brioche and finished with a crumbly walnut streusel, this french toast is perfect for entertaining and easy enough for Sunday brunch with the family! Plus, a super quick and easy homemade strawberry syrup recipe!
Update: This post was originally published in February 2016. I’ve updated the post below to include more information about baked strawberry french toast. Plus, I’ve included a recipe video to show you how easy these strawberry breakfast casserole is to make!
About this baked strawberry French Toast Casserole
This Baked French Toast is the breakfast of champions and it is the perfect way to enjoy summer fresh berries!!
This breakfast casserole is buttery and rich flavor with tender, crisp slices of brioche bread, juicy pops of fresh strawberries and a sweet, crumbly walnut streusel!
While it is outrageously delicious, it’s also an absolute cinch to throw together, can be prepared in advance and bonus – this French toast doesn’t require you slaving away flipping slices of bread over a hot stove!
With only 15 minutes of hands on time required, this strawberry french toast is elegant for entertaining yet easy enough for any lazy Sunday brunch!
What is baked French toast?
Baked French toast is an easy breakfast casserole and it’s a delicious, hands-off way to make traditional French toast!
Baked French toast, also known as a French toast casserole or French toast bake, can incorporate other savory or sweet ingredients layered with the bread, such as fresh fruit, slices of meat and/or streusel.
How to make Strawberry French Toast?
Baked Strawberry French Toast Casserole is incredibly simple to make! With only 15 minutes of hands on prep time required, it’s easy enough for breakfast with the family and elegant enough for entertaining!
- Prepare the French toast custard. Whisk together milk, cream, eggs, sugar, melted butter, extracts and salt in a large bowl.
- Dip bread. Dip each slice of bread into the custard, turning over to fully coat.
- Transfer to casserole dish. Place each slice of bread into a baking dish, arranging the bread into overlapping rows with the bread standing straight up. Pour the remaining custard over the bread.
- Add the strawberries. Tuck slices of strawberries in between the soaked slices of bread. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.
- Prepare the streusel. Whisk together walnuts, flour, sugars and salt. Drizzle in melted butter and stir with a fork until clumps form. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Add streusel. Remove the baking dish from the oven and sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top of the bread.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes.
- Serve. Allow the French toast to cool slightly before dusting with confectioner’s sugar and sprinkling with more sliced strawberries.
Step by Step Photos to make Baked Strawberry French Toast:
FAQ: frequently asked questions
Is baked French toast Soggy?
Baked French toast casserole should not be soggy at all. The French toast should be golden brown and crisp on top and soft throughout the middle and on the bottom. Please read and follow the simple tips below to prevent your strawberry toast from becoming soggy!
How to make baked French toast not soggy?
To avoid soggy baked French toast, follow these tips!
- Use thick slices of bread. Cut your bread into ¾ to 1’’ thick slices. Using thin sliced bread will be too flimsy to dip into the egg and milk mixture.
- Use stale bread. Make sure your bread is at least a day old! Stale bread won’t fall apart when dipped into the egg and milk mixture. If you don’t have stale bread, you can lightly toast the bread prior to dipping.
- Use the proper type of bread. Make sure you use a dense bread, such as Brioche, Challah or French bread. Breads with a denser consistency will do a much better job holding together when dipped into the egg custard.
- Don’t use too much milk. Adding too much dairy to the French toast custard will prevent the egg in the mixture from properly cooking, which will cause soggy baked French toast!
- Mix the custard well. Whisk the egg and milk mixture until it is fully combined! You want the eggs to be fully incorporated into the dairy and seasonings.
- Soak the bread. Make sure you dip your slices of bread into the egg and milk mixture before layering them into a prepared casserole dish. Simply pouring the egg and milk mixture over the layered slices of bread can result in the liquid pooling at the bottom of the dish, which can cause soggy French toast!
Why is my baked French toast soggy?
If you French toast bake turned out soggy, chances are great you didn’t follow one of the tips above. The most common culprits of a soggy French toast are either your bread is too fresh or you didn’t individually soak the slices.
Storing Strawberry french toast
Baked French toast can be stored, covered, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Can I freeze baked Strawberry French toast casserole?
Yes, you can freeze baked French toast!
To freeze baked French toast casserole, bake according to the recipe instructions. Once fully baked, allow the casserole to cool completely. Wrap the cooled casserole in plastic wrap and then foil, and freeze for up to 3 months.
How to reheat baked French toast?
To reheat frozen baked French toast, allow the casserole to what overnight in the refrigerator if frozen.
Loosely cover the top of the casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Next, uncover the casserole and continue baking for 15 minutes or until warmed throughout.
What should I serve with French toast casserole?
No breakfast is complete with a few tasty sides! Below are a few delicious side dish options that pair well with baked French toast!
- Breakfast meats – Sausage, bacon, Canadian bacon or ham
- Smoked or Cured Salmon
- Breakfast potatoes – Hash browns or home fries
- Vegetable hash
- Eggs – Scrambled, fried, baked or poached
- Fresh fruit
- Yogurt or Cottage cheese
- Strawberries and cream
Show your loved one(s) how much you care with an EPIC breakfast – this Strawberry French Toast!
Until next time, friends, cheers – to French toast with the most!
More recipes using strawberries!
If you love summer berries, try one of these yummy strawberry recipes next.
- Strawberry Crunch Recipe
- Basil Strawberry Vodka Cocktail
- Strawberry Sangria
- Chicken and Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Strawberry Shortcake Sundae
The best Baked Strawberry French Toast Casserole recipe plus step-by-step video👇
Baked Strawberry French Toast Casserole
- 1 1/2 Cups Whole Milk *
- ½ Cup Heavy Cream (you can substitute whole milk or half-and-half)
- 6 large Eggs
- 3 TBS Light Brown Sugar
- 2 TBS Unsalted Butter – melted and cooled, plus more for greasing pan
- 1/2 tsp EACH: Vanilla Extract and Strawberry Extract
- Kosher Salt
- 1 loaf Brioche Bread – cut into 3/4’’ thick slices (can substitute challah)*
- 2 Cups Strawberries , divided - hulled and sliced, plus more for serving
- 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
Optional for serving: Confectioner’s Sugar, Maple Syrup
- Lightly grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Prepare the French toast mixture: In a large bowl or deep baking dish, whisk together the milk, heavy cream, eggs, sugar, melted butter, extracts and ¼ teaspoon salt.
- Dip bread: Dip each slice of bread into the milk and egg mixture, turning over, until fully coated.
- Prepare the casserole: Transfer the dipped bread slices to the prepared baking dish, arranging the bread vertically in 2 overlapping rows standing upright. Pour the remaining milk and egg mixture evenly over the bread.
- Add berries: Tuck 1 cup of the strawberries in between the bread slices. Sprinkle the remaining cup of strawberries over the top of the casserole. Cover the dish tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to overnight.
- Prepare the streusel: In a medium bowl, whisk together the walnuts, flour, both sugars and ¼ teaspoon salt. Drizzle in the melted butter and stir with a fork until both large and small chunks of streusel are formed. Set aside.
- Preheat oven: When ready to bake, remove the French toast from the refrigerator and set on the counter while you preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Add streusel to top: Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the top of the bread.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes or until puffed and golden. Loosely tent the top of the baking dish with aluminum foil during the last 15-20 minutes of baking if the top is browning too quickly.
- Serve: Remove the casserole from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Dust with confectioner’s sugar, sprinkle with more berries and drizzle with maple syrup. Enjoy!
- Make sure you are using bread that is at least a day old! If you only have fresh bread, you can toast the bread in an oven preheated to 250 degrees F for 5-10 minutes, or until the bread is lightly toasted.
- Make sure your milk isn’t overly cold. If your milk is too cold it will re-solidify the melted butter.
- This French toast requires at least 1 hour of refrigeration for best results.
- The streusel can be made in advance and stored, covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
- In a small saucepan, add the preserves, water and salt.
- Bring contents to a boil over high heat. Immediately reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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