Overnight Stuffed French Toast

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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    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.”

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    “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.”

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    1. I’m making these now and will have for dinner tonight. I used the two end pieces to test the strawberry/cream cheese mixture….had to make sure I got it right! And I did! Thanks for this recipe and for brightening my day with your wonderful stories!

    2. This sounds so good! I wonder if I email it to my wonderful hubby he would get the hint? lol

    3. This recipe sounds yummy. Another fruit to consider is raspberries. There is a restaurant nearby that serves stuffed french toast, and they add pecans to the cream cheese mixture and make a puree of raspberries to pour over the top. Yummy!

    4. Hi Christy,

      I just wanted to say thank you for sharing all your delicious recipes! I LOVE to cook, especially things from scratch. As of February of this year, meals became a challenge due to my changing tastes! (I’m pregnant with our 2nd baby. 🙂 My aunt forwarded me an email from southernplate.com, and I’ve been hooked ever since! The first thing I ever tried was Meme’s Mashed Potatoes. I’ve ALWAYS made mine from scratch, but oh my gosh does the evaporated milk make a HUGE flavor difference. Our 2 yr old son gobbled them up!
      I have made several of your recipes and enjoyed them all.
      Most recently, I made the buttermilk lime pound cake for my mother’s day as well as prepared the overnight stuffed french toast. I loved both, and shared a lot of the cake. I have the french toast in the fridge now for a second time. This time I added some strawberry extract in the place of the vanilla. If I have time I’ll make a syrup with some fresh strawberries. I always appreciate make ahead breakfast recipes since we have an early bird child who is always hungry.

      Oh and my husband and son love the stuffed pizza sticks, and they’re so EASY! Are all of your online recipes in your new cook book? I may ask my husband to buy it for me.

      Thanks again!

      1. Oh my goodness, thank you so much Michelle!! I am so glad to hear that you are enjoying the recipes! There are recipes in the cookbook that are exclusive to the cookbook, although there are a few in the cookbook that are on the website. My new cookbook will be on shelves this fall and it is the same, there are a few recipes that will be on the website but most will be exclusive to the cookbook.

    5. Got this recipe soaking in the fridge now and going to give it four hours then bake it for my wife for Mothers Day breakfast and make the doughnuts, or donuts whichever way one prefers to spell it. Y’all can check out some of my music at the website I left give me a shout if you’d like. Thanks for all the recipes I try them all the time and they are fantastic. I’m a guy but love to cook because I love to eat and grew up in the kitchen with my Granny. Remember don’t trust no skinny cooks 😉

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