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Baking pan of Overnight French Toast Casserole in Red, White and Blue with a single serving on white plate

Overnight French Toast Casserole in Red, White and Blue

This overnight breakfast casserole is a perfect solution when serving a crowd or time is running short. It cooks up beautifully with well toasted bread on top and a bread pudding texture underneath. 

Total Time NOTE: the time noted is for compiling the casserole and cooking ;it does not include the chilling time.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword french toast, make ahead breakfast casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 10-12 servings
Calories 247 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 1 cup Strawberry Preserves
  • 9 cups French bread baguette cut into 1 ½ inch cubes (approximately one 13 ounce baguette) I used 3 Udi’s gluten-free French Baguette
  • 1 8-ounce package Neufchatel Cheese or lower fat Cream Cheese , cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg , freshly grated if possible
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup fresh Raspberries (frozen and thawed berries may be used)
  • 1 cup fresh Blueberries (frozen and thawed berries may be used)


  1. Lightly butter a 13x9 inch baking dish.
  2. Place the strawberry preserves in a bowl and microwave for a minute until they are fluid enough to drizzle; set aside.
  3. Spread half of the bread cubes in a single layer on the bottom of the prepared pan.
  4. Evenly distribute the Neufchatel or cream cheese cubes over the bread. Drizzle the warmed preserved evenly over the bread and Neufchatel.
  5. Distribute the remaining bread cubes over the top of the mixture.
  6. Whisk together the eggs, half and half, nutmeg and vanilla. Pour evenly over the casserole.
  7. Sprinkle the berries over the top of the casserole, followed by the brown sugar. Seal tightly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours.
  8. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Remove the casserole from the refrigerator, cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake uncovered an additional 10-15 minutes until the casserole sets at the bottom. 

    Note: if needed place the foil loosely back onto the top of the casserole for the last 5 minutes so the bread does not over brown.

  9. Remove from oven allow to cool for a few minutes and serve. May be served as with traditional French toast with syrup if desired (it's great and sweet enough without it too!)
Nutrition Facts
Overnight French Toast Casserole in Red, White and Blue
Amount Per Serving
Calories 247 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 189mg8%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 6.7mg8%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.