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This Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole is the perfect breakfast or brunch recipe for a holiday or special occasion, like Mother's Day or Easter.

Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast

This Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole is the perfect breakfast or brunch recipe for a holiday or special occasion.
Course Breakfast

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf French bread cut into about 8 slices about ¾ inch thick slices
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 3/4 cup sugar + 2 Tablespoons divided
  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pint of strawberries sliced
  • Garnish: maple syrup and powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Spray a 9x13 inch glass baking pan with non-stick vegetable spray.
  • Arrange bread slices in pan in a single layer; set aside.
  • In a bowl, cream sugar and cream cheese.
  • Add remaining ingredients (except strawberries and garnish) whisk together until completely smooth.
  • Pour evenly over bread slices until covered.
  • Cover and chill overnight, or until most liquid is absorbed.
  • Bake, uncovered, on center rack of oven at 400 degrees for 40 - 45 minutes, until puffy and golden.
  • Sprinkle remaining sugar over strawberries and let sit for a couple minutes.
  • Serve with fresh sliced strawberries and powdered sugar or maple syrup.