Overnight Pumpkin (or Strawberry) Cheesecake French Toast

I received a cookbook called Dessert Mash-ups to review on Creative K Kids. This book has been my favorite cookbook to review so far as it is all desserts or breakfast foods. Those are my two favorite parts of the day: breakfast and dessert!

One recipe I made from the book was Overnight Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast.  I then adapted it  to make an Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast as I thought the red in the strawberries would be prettier for Christmas.

Pumpkin (or Strawberry) Cheesecake French Toast

Many people have family and guests come in town and stay overnight for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and they would like to be able to give them a hot breakfast the next day. However, they also have to prepare the main meal for later in the day. Here is a perfect solution! You can make this french toast casserole the night before and put it in your refrigerator. The next morning, take it out and bake it, and voilà:  you have a hot breakfast! Because your family and guests have a full tummy, they will not keep bugging you to eat or asking, “When will dinner be ready?”

Here is the original recipe that called for pumpkin. It would be perfect for Thanksgiving.

Overnight Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast-- hot french toast in the morning!

Overnight Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast
French Toast with a pumpkin twist that can be made the night before!
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Cook Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Pumpkin Cheesecake
  1. 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  2. 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  3. 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  4. 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  5. 16 ounces (1 pound) day-old French bread (I had some two or three day old Panera Artisan French bread that I used. It's a big, thick loaf of bread.)
Egg Mixture
  1. 4 large eggs
  2. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (I used 1 teaspoon as I like a lighter pumpkin flavor).)
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 2 cups whole milk
How to Make the Pumpkin Cheesecake
  1. With an electric hand mixture, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin puree until smooth.
  2. Mix in the brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Cut the bread into 1/2" slices.
  4. Make sandwiches with the pumpkin cream cheese mixture.
  5. Cut each sandwich into large bite size pieces.
  6. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray, and place sandwich pieces in the dish.
How to Make the Egg Mixture
  1. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl.
  2. Add the pumpkin puree and brown sugar.
  3. Whisk in the pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, salt, and milk. Pour over the bread in the baking dish. Press lightly down with your hands to coat all the bread with the egg mixture.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Baking the French Toast
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the pan from the refrigerator and remove the plastic wrap. Press down to coat the top with the egg mixture that hasn't soaked in. Bake for 35 - 45 minutes until set and hot in the middle. I baked closer to 45 minutes as I don't like gooey french toast.
  2. Cool slightly before serving. Serve with maple syrup.
Adapted from From Book: Dessert Mash-ups by Dorothy Kern, Blogger at Crazy for Crust
Adapted from From Book: Dessert Mash-ups by Dorothy Kern, Blogger at Crazy for Crust
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Since my kids don’t love pumpkin, I adapted it and put in strawberries. It would look even prettier if I sprinkled fresh strawberries on the top and then had cool whip on the table for a topping. Alas, most of my kids still didn’t care for it as they are the fussiest kids ever. But my Sunday School class liked it and one lady took the rest home for her family. My kids’ loss is their gain!

Here is my adaption for Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast.  This would be perfect for Christmas.Recipe for Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast--perfect for those mornings when you want a special breakfast!

Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast
Overnight French Toast Casserole with a hint of strawberry
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Cook Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Strawberry Cheesecake
  1. 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  2. 2 tablespoons strawberry puree (*directions below)
  3. 3 tablespoons white sugar
  4. 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 16 ounces (1 pound) day-old French bread (I used French bread from my grocery's store's bakery.)
Egg Mixture
  1. 4 large eggs
  2. 1/2 cup strawberry puree*
  3. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  4. 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 cups whole milk
Instructions
  1. With an electric hand mixture, beat the cream cheese and strawberry puree until smooth.
  2. Mix in the granulated sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and cinnamon.
  3. Cut the bread into 1/2" slices.
  4. Make sandwiches with the strawberry cream cheese mixture.
  5. Cut each sandwich into large bite size pieces.
  6. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray, and place sandwich pieces in the dish.
How to Make the Egg Mixture
  1. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl.
  2. Add the strawberry puree and granulated sugar.
  3. Whisk in the cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and milk. Pour over the bread in the baking dish. Press lightly down with your hands to coat all the bread with the egg mixture.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
Baking the French Toast
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove the pan from the refrigerator and remove the plastic wrap. Press down to coat the top with the egg mixture that hasn't soaked in. Bake for 35 - 45 minutes until set and hot in the middle. I baked closer to 45 minutes as I don't like gooey french toast.
  2. Cool slightly before serving. Serve with maple syrup. (*See my syrup below)
*How I made the strawberry puree
  1. I had frozen strawberries that I thawed and mashed with my potato masher.
* My Syrup
  1. I poured some syrup into a bowl and added 1-2 tablespoons of strawberry jam. I heated the syrup for a few seconds and stirred it to break up the jam. We used this to top our french toast! You could have diced up fresh strawberries and cool whip available as toppings.
Adapted from Dessert Mash-ups, Overnight Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast
Adapted from Dessert Mash-ups, Overnight Pumpkin Cheesecake French Toast
TOTS Family, Parenting, Kids, Food, Crafts, DIY and Travel http://totsfamily.com/

Make your own Strawberry Syrup!Easy to make strawberry syrup!

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