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Baked Cinnamon French Toast with Blackberries

This Baked Cinnamon French Toast with Blackberries will bring a smile to your face and tummy. This french toast casserole recipe is so flippin’ good, plus can be made overnight for easy prep in the morning!

May 21, 2019 (Last Updated: September 25, 2019)
This Overnight Baked Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with blackberries and cream cheese is the best easy recipe for brunch or breakfast for a crowd! Perfect for holidays, parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a weekend treat for the family. Make ahead of time for simple prep freezer friendly! {VIDEO} #breakfast #FrenchToast #Blackberries #MakeAheadMeal

I feel like I do not share my undying love for all things breakfast often enough here. In reality, I am a breakfast freak and eat it for all three meals some days. This Overnight Baked Cinnamon French Toast with Blackberries is the closest thing to perfection I have ever created. Seriously, guys I was eating this stuff right out of the pan. The combo of cinnamon and blackberries is an underrated one for sure, then paired with pops of cream cheese and crunchy on the top , yet soft in the middle bread. Ummm, so freakin’ good! Okay, I’ll stop gushing now, let’s eat!

What Do I Need To Make Overnight Baked Cinnamon French Toast?

The kitchen supplies you will need for this Overnight French Toast recipe are:

  • A 13×9 inch baking pan (one with a lid works great): I like having one with a lid so I can easily store the cinnamon french toast in the fridge overnight. 
  • A knife and cutting board: I like using a serrated bread knife, but any knife will do. Also, you could just tear the bread if you prefer!
  • A large bowl and whisk
  • A spatula or large spoon for serving: I find a big, deep serving spoon works best. 

The ingredients you will need for this Buttermilk French Toast recipe are: 

  • Cinnamon Swirl Bread: I find some great cinnamon bread in the bakery section of my local grocery store. If you can’t find fresh bread a generic brand will work perfect as well. 
  • Blackberries: You could also use blueberries, cherries, or strawberries if you prefer a different fruit for your overnight french toast. 
  • Cream Cheese
  • Eggs and Milk
  • Vanilla Extract and Maple Syrup 

Note: If your pan does not have a lid aluminum foil or cling wrap works as well for this baked french toast recipe!

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How Do You Make Overnight Cinnamon French Toast?

  1. Slice your bread into 1 inch chunks.
  2. Cube the cream cheese
  3. Wash and dry the blackberries.
  4. Add half the bread to you baking dish then the cream cheese and blackberries. 
  5. Repeat until all ingredients are used. 
  6. Combine milk, eggs, maple syrup and vanilla extract and whisk to combine.
  7. Pour over top of bread mix, cover and store in the fridge at least 30 minutes to overnight.
  8. Bake covered for 30 minutes, then uncovered for 20 minutes.
  9. Serve the cinnamon french toast recipe warm with additional toppings.

Enjoy!

Check out the baked cinnamon french toast recipe video for a more detailed look at prep for this recipe!

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Common Overnight French Toast Recipe Questions

Can I make this french toast casserole recipe ahead of time? 

YES, yes and yes! This baked cinnamon french toast recipe is best when it can sit overnight in the fridge. If you want to make the cinnamon french toast the day of the minimum chill time is 1 hour. You can’t rush perfection people!

Can I use a different type of fruit other than blackberries?

Sure, you can use a different type of fruit for this baked cinnamon french toast, but I suggest sticking to the berry family. For example, you could use blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries or a mix.

How long does this overnight french toast stay good for?

Leftovers from this overnight french toast recipe should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. The max this baked cinnamon french toast recipe will stay fresh is 2 days in the fridge. Also, to re-heat the cinnamon french toast you can warm it up in the oven or microwave until hot.

Can I freeze this baked cinnamon french toast recipe?

Yes, you can freeze this baked french toast recipe. To freeze leftovers wrap in aluminum foil and then place in freezer safe storage bags for up to 2 months. When ready to re-heat place the cinnamon french toast the oven until completely de-thawed and warm, about an hour.

Can I use frozen blackberries instead of fresh ones?

Yes, you can use frozen blackberries in place of fresh ones. Also, let the frozen blackberries thaw before you add them to the cinnamon french toast. This will help them cook better and release some of their excess liquid before baking. That way your french toast isn’t soggy.

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This Overnight Baked Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with blackberries and cream cheese is the best easy recipe for brunch or breakfast for a crowd! Perfect for holidays, parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or a weekend treat for the family. Make ahead of time for simple prep freezer friendly! {VIDEO} #breakfast #FrenchToast #Blackberries #MakeAheadMeal
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Baked Cinnamon French Toast with Blackberries

This Baked Cinnamon French Toast with Blackberries is the best simple breakfast recipe! Can be made ahead of time for easy prep and perfect for holidays!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Chill Time (Minimum)1 hr
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American, Christmas, Comfort Food, Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving
Keyword: Baked Cinnamon French Toast, Easy French Toast Recipe, Overnight French Toast
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 494kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 Loaf Cinnamon Swirl Bread
  • 2 Cups Fresh Blackberries
  • 16 Ounces Cream Cheese
  • 1 2/3 Cups Whole Milk
  • 10 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup

Optional Toppings

  • Blackberry (or Maple) Syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Additional Blackberries

Instructions

  • Slice or tear bread into 1 inch chunks. Add half to a prepared baking dish. Next, cube the cream cheese and toss half over top of the bread along with half of the blackberries. Repeat this one more time with the remaining bread, cream cheese and blackberries.
  • Combine milk, eggs, vanilla extract and maple syrup into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Pour over the top of the bread, cream cheese and blackberries evenly so the bread is well coated.
  • Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or overnight. When ready to bake preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake covered with foil for 30 minutes, then remove foil and bake an additional 20 minutes until top is golden and slightly crisp. Serve warm with optional toppings. Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Calories: 494kcal | Carbohydrates: 39.2g | Protein: 17.7g | Fat: 28.5g | Saturated Fat: 13.5g | Cholesterol: 267mg | Sodium: 447mg | Potassium: 314mg | Fiber: 2.7g | Sugar: 16.6g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 12.4mg | Calcium: 1870mg | Iron: 3.4mg
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Julie Menghini
    May 22, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my, this looks amazing! Been looking for a new way to use my blackberries. Can’t wait to make this.

  • Reply
    Vicky
    May 22, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    5 stars
    I love overnight recipes since they allow you to sleep in a little later in the morning and still enjoy a delightful breakfast. Love the addition of the blackberries to this recipe. They add a great flavor and color.

  • Reply
    Beth
    May 22, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    5 stars
    How do I give this 10 stars??!! I love that I can make this the night before so I can enjoy the deliciousness right away the next day!!

  • Reply
    Jacqueline Debono
    May 22, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    5 stars
    This is an amazing breakfast idea! I love blackberries and since they grow wild in the countryside around my house we often go blackberry picking in the summer. Can’t wait to try this with wild foraged blackberries!

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    May 22, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    5 stars
    That looks heavenly. I do love blackberries, but I never make anything with them. That’s about to change. Sharing.

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