Overnight Stuffed French Toast

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Featuring a cream cheese and strawberry preserves stuffing, this overnight stuffed French toast  will have your sweetie or little munchkins drooling at the sight of it. And if you are looking for the perfect breakfast for Valentine’s morning, well then here it is!

Stuffed French Toast

Take your French toast to the next level with this overnight stuffed French toast . The perfect indulgent weekend brunch, when you try it once you’re guaranteed to never go back to a basic French toast recipe. I mean, who can resist not spending your morning by the stove? Just grab some pantry staples and French bread and you can easily assemble this stuffed French toast the night before. The next morning, simply pop it in the oven and breakfast will soon be served! Now, how much better does that sound?

So, what’s in the sweet stuffing? A melt-in-your-mouth strawberry preserves and cream cheese mixture. But don’t worry, you can use your favorite preserves if you like! Then it’s topped with an egg and milk combo, which it soaks up overnight to resemble a custard similar to a bread pudding. After you bake your breakfast  dish, you’re rewarded with overnight French toast that’s golden brown and crunchy on the outside and sweetly melty on the inside. To take it one step further, I top mine with delicious strawberry syrup.

ingredients stuffed french toast recipe

Recipe Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Strawberry preserves
  • Cream cheese (click here for our homemade cream cheese recipe)
  • Vanilla 
  • Milk
  • A loaf of French bread

How to Make Overnight Stuffed French Toast Step by Step

add the preserves to softened cream cheese

Make sure your cream cheese is good and soft and place it in a mixing bowl with about three tablespoons of strawberry preserves.

 mix up with mixer til blended

Mix that up with your electric mixer until good and blended.

mixed strawberry and cream cheese

Like this.

cut bread into slices and dig a lttle bread out

Now, take your loaf of French bread and cut some big old honking slices out of it.

We want our slices to be anywhere from an inch and a half to two inches thick.

 stuff the french toast cream cheese mix inside

Using a knife, cut a little pocket into each bread slice. Make sure you don’t cut all the way through to the bottom or all the way through to the sides. We just want a little pocket in the very center that we can stuff our cream cheese mixture into.

 place the french toast slices in a sprayed 9 x13 pan

Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.

Place the bread slices all on their sides in the baking dish.

In separate bowl mix eggs and milk

In a separate bowl mix egg, milk, and …

add vanilla to egg and milk mixture

Don’t forget the vanilla extract.

Mix up the wet ingredients

 pour egg milk mixture on the french toastbread

Slowly pour the liquid over the bread slices. I pour a little over the top of each one until I run out.

 cover with foil and refrigerate overnight

Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Sometimes I make this as a special treat as part of our supper. In that case, I just assemble it in the morning and let sit in the fridge, covered, all day.

bake at 350 for 30-40 mins until golden brown

When ready to bake, remove the cover and bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.

 to prepare strawberry jam take preserves and microwave 30 sec stiring after

To prepare your strawberry syrup, simply take some strawberry preserves and place them in a microwave-safe cup or small pitcher and follow the instructions in the recipe below. This makes a delicious and super easy syrup!

Sprinkle powdered sugar or confectioners’ sugar over the top if you like.

Stuffed French Toast

And enjoy this delicious cream cheese-stuffed French toast!


  • If you want to freeze this baked stuffed French toast, do every step up to assembling the egg mixture. When ready to cook, pull the french toast out of the freezer to thaw at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Then pour the egg, milk, and vanilla mixture on them and bake.
  • To reheat leftover French toast, bake on a greased baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes until heated through. Watch it to make sure it doesn’t burn and flip after about 5 to 7 minutes. I also sometimes put them in a buttered skillet over medium heat and cook until golden (kinda like a grilled cheese sandwich) but just until it’s cooked through.

Recipe Notes

  • If you aren’t crazy about strawberry preserves just get your favorite. Raspberry or blueberry French toast is a treat as well!
  • You can also serve your overnight French toast  with maple syrup, whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or some fresh fruit and fresh berries.
  • To take this recipe to the next level, top your  with a cinnamon streusel topping before baking. Visit this apple pies muffin recipe for instructions on how to make an easy cinnamon streusel topping.

Recipe FAQs

Can you make this into a French toast with less sugar?

If you want to make this stuffed French toast recipe less sugary, opt for low-fat cream cheese and sugar-free strawberry preserves.

What’s the best bread to use for French toast?

While I use French bread, baked French toast is commonly made with brioche bread. Another option is challah bread.

Why is my French toast soggy?

Your baked french toast might become soggy if you use too much egg mixture (stick to the recipe), the oven temperature is too low, or you pull your baked French toast out of the oven too early.

Other French toast recipes you may enjoy:

Waste Not, Want Not French Toast (And How To Freeze It)

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake

Banana French Toast with Pecans From Mama’s Kitchen

Overnight Stuffed French Toast

This overnight stuffed French toast recipe is the perfect special breakfast spread, thanks to the strawberry preserves and cream cheese combo.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: toast
Servings: 4
Calories: 494kcal


  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 8 ounce cream cheese one package, softened
  • 3 tbsp strawberry preserves plus more for syrup
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • To make the cream cheese filling, place softened cream cheese and 3 tablespoons of strawberry preserves in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well combined and creamy. Set aside.
    8 ounce cream cheese, 3 tbsp strawberry preserves
  • Cut French bread into six 1 1/2 inch to 2-inch slices. Reserve end pieces for another use. Cut a pocket into the side of each slice, being careful not to go all the way to the bottom.
    1 loaf French bread
  • Stuff each pocket with cream cheese mixture.
  • Spray a 9 x 13 dish with cooking spray. Arrange slices flat in the dish.
  • In a bowl, beat together eggs, milk, and vanilla until well blended. Pour the egg mixture over the top of the bread in the baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
    4 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Remove cover and bake in a 350-degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Serve with strawberry syrup

To make syrup

  • Place 1 cup of strawberry preserves in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring in between each, until melted and pourable consistency. Serve warm over warm stuffed french toast.

Make this sugar-free by using sugar-free preserves!


    Calories: 494kcal
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    ~The Wolf Within~

    An old Grandfather, whose grandson came to him with anger at a schoolmate who had done him an injustice, said, “Let me tell you a story. I too, at times, have felt a great hate for those that have taken so much, with no sorrow for what they do. But hate wears you down, and does not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy would die. I have struggled with these feelings many times.”

    He continued, “It is as if there are two wolves inside me; one is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way.”

    “But the other wolf, ah! He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think because his anger and hate are so great. It is hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit.”

    The boy looked intently into his Grandfather’s eyes and asked, “Which one wins, Grandfather?”

    The Grandfather solemnly said, “The one I feed.”

    A Native American tale told many times around the Sacred Fire.
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    1. Have just finished watching your video. You are so right about harbouring bad feelings etc.
      I am letting go of all the negative things in my life and for the time I have left of this earth I shall be trying to make a difference for the better. You are an inspiration to bring out the good in people.
      Glad you are enjoying your “time out” and keep up the wonderful work.
      Shall be trying your Stuffed French Toast. Never had this before but it sounds tasty.
      Thank you, Deirdre

    2. I noticed you used Stonyfield Organic Whole Milk in this recipe. I just thought I’d mention that my cousin started that company many years ago when he lived in New Hampshire. He’s now happily retired and living in Maine. My family has enjoyed Stonyfield products throughout the years, especially their yogurt. When my kids were little, the company had a program where you can adopt a cow and they’d get pictures and reports of how “their” cow was doing. My kids are now adults, so I don’t know if this program still exists.

      Christy, I’ve been following your blog for quit a while and have all your cookbooks; and just want to say THANK YOU for all the time and love you put into your endeavors.

      ~ Judy D.

    3. HELP! I just bought a gallon of fresh strawberries that I would like to use. What do I do to them to make them suitable for this recipe? I’m diabetic so I’ll be using a blend of regular sugar and Splenda for the sweetening.

      I’m embarrassed to even have to ask. I have lived in Huntsville my entire life. and I learned to cook at the knees of my grandmother and mother. You’d think I’d know these things. BTW, do you have an estimated date for when your next book will be available?

      1. You’re fine and I’m glad to help! Here is what I would do. Now, I haven’t done this but this is what I would do… Wash and slice one cup of strawberries (one cup after they are sliced). Mix those with about 3 tablespoons of splenda and then mix that all together in a mixer with your softened cream cheese. It will pulverize those strawberries but it’ll be good. Use that to stuff your french toast.
        When it comes to your syrup, there are a LOT of sugar free strawberry jams and preserves that would be wonderful in this recipe (see my recipe for how I make it into a syrup) or you could just use your favorite sugar free maple flavored syrup. Hope this helps!

        1. to make strawberry syrup, 2 cups diced strawberries, 1/4 cup water, and sugar to taste. place in pan, bring to boil, turn down to medium heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.

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