Raspberry Mascarpone French Toast Casserole
Raspberry Mascarpone French Toast Casserole is filled with luscious red raspberries and mascarpone for a delightful addition to your menu.
I love the ease of a make-ahead Breakfast Casserole Recipe, especially for weekend company or holidays.
Why You Should Make This
Beginning in the early days of our marriage, Bill would tease that a more loving wife would prepare a nice hot breakfast before work (ahem, his alarm goes off at 5 AM). I’d laugh and roll my eyes, but sometimes I do pamper him. Make ahead breakfasts are perfect for those early risers!
- This overnight French toast stuffed with raspberries was one such treat. Layered with challah cubes, dollops of sweetened mascarpone, and fresh berries, then doused with a rich custard, this French toast was one delightful way to start the morning!
- Being able to prep this breakfast casserole the day before makes for an easy, impressive breakfast or brunch where the cook doesn’t have to break a sweat.
- If you’re having special overnight company, whip up some Grand Marnier Mimosas and make it a memorable meal!
Tips for Making an Easy Breakfast Casserole Recipe
Sweet or savory, overnight breakfast casseroles are huge time savers for when you have overnight guests or a big holiday brunch to prepare. Here are a few hints if you have not made one of these breakfast dishes that can be prepped the night before.
- Overnight French toast casseroles and breakfast stratas are often filled with bread cubes. PRO-Tip:Make sure to use stale bread or dry it out yourself by cutting it into cubes and spreading it out in one layer on a baking sheet, tossing occasionally, until it dries out.
- Make sure your custard mixture is well mixed for the best consistency. I beat my eggs first, then add the milk and cream and whisk until they’re combined.
- Spread your bread and other ingredients evenly in your casserole dish, then pour on the custard. You can pour in half, let it soak in and add the rest. I also like to use my spatula to press on the surface so that it’s all a similar depth.
- Cover well with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake the next morning.
- Before baking, let the casserole rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes to take the chill off.
- PRO-Tip: You can actually make and serve this “overnight” French toast casserole on the same day you make it. Just let the custard soak in for 30 minutes, pressing down on occasion to encourage the custard to infuse into the bread. Bake for 10-15 minutes less. The casserole may not puff up quite as high, but it will still be a tasty breakfast treat.
- You can reheat the leftovers of this breakfast casserole recipe very easily. I gently heat individual servings in the microwave.
How to Serve on Overnight French Toast Bake
Although maple syrup is an obvious, go-to topping for a French toast breakfast casserole, there are a few other options. Spread on a little butter while warm, then add your favorites.
- Fresh berries or berry sauces and syrups
- Powdered sugar
- Whipped Cream
- Cinnamon sugar
- Coconut flakes
- Toasted, chopped nuts
- Lemon Curd
More French Toast Recipes You’ll Love:
- Banana French Toast from Living Locurto
- Sausage Croissant French Toast Casserole
- Sugar Crusted French Toast
- Pumpkin French Toast with Mascarpone
- Grand Marnier French Toast
- More Brunch Foods
Raspberry Mascarpone French Toast Casserole Recipe
A sublime make ahead breakfast casserole filled with raspberries and mascarpone
- One loaf challah, about 15 ounces, cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
- 6 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 6 ounces fresh raspberries (I always toss in a few more)
For Mascarpone Cream:
- 8 ounces mascarpone
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- Powdered sugar
- Maple syrup
- Spray 7 x 11 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Place half the bread cubes in the bottom of the pan.
- Whisk together the eggs, cream, milk and sugar. Set aside.
- Make mascarpone cream by whipping together the mascarpone, sugar and lemon juice.
- Dollop spoonfuls of mascarpone cream over the bread. Sprinkle raspberries over the cheese. Cover with remaining bread cubes.
- Pour custard liquid over the bread, then use a spatula to press bread down into the mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight to allow the bread to absorb the custard.
- Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before need to bake it. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Remove plastic wrap from casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 30 minutes or longer or until the custard is set.
- Let cool about 10 minute before serving. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with more berries and maple syrup, if desired.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 421Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 172mgSodium: 272mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 9g
54 Comments on “Raspberry Mascarpone French Toast Casserole”
I love French toast casseroles and make them often for weekends and holidays. This is the BEST EVER! It reminded me of the most delicious stuffed French toast from a favorite breakfast spot where we used to live. So dang delicious!
This is so good and delish! Everyone at my house loved it!
First of all thank you for sharing such a beautiful recipe with us. I made it today. Everyone in my family liked it.
Oh, I’m delighted, Cynthia! I’m so glad your family enjoyed this recipe as much as mine does. Happy baking!
This looks incredible!! Can I bake this about two hours before serving then warm it up just before serving? I’m making it for brunch tomorrow but I have a 5k in the early AM and will go to brunch right after.
I think that would work. I know we heated up the leftovers for a couple days since we don’t usually eat it all in one sitting. Let me know how it goes!
Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits in a breakfast dish! This Mascarpone french toast casserole is definitely on my list for a nice weekend breakfast or brunch!
This is absolutely divine for breakfast or brunch! Love, love, love it!
I just love your presentation. Woww!!
I am not seeing the link for this. Did I miss the ingredient and specific directions?
Yikes, let me see what happened!
Technical difficulties with the blog, but it’s all running now. The recipe is there again! Thanks for letting me know.
I work camp at an Rv park and we are doing this for breakfast tomorrow am. It’s currently in the fridge chillin can’t wait it should be the hit of the park and made my job so easy…. thank you
Awwww, thanks for taking the time to let me know! I hope everyone loves it!!
OMG! Really Excellent presentation. I will try this method tomorrow. I think It will be my excellent cook in my family. Thanks for such as value return sharing.
Wow this is looking so super delicious, thank you for sharing your blog
Such a great weekend brunch idea – the raspberries are perfect in here!
I have been making this for a few years (usually Christmas, Easter, mother’s day brunch, etc). It’s delicious! I like it as is without powdered sugar or maple syrup because it’s the perfect amount of sweet.
Being able to make the day before is a big bonus in my book. However, needing 1.5 hours the next day to get it out and cooked takes planning and will power.
Recipe I definitely come back to each year!
Oh, Julia!! I’m so glad you love this as much as we do! Thanks for taking the time to let me know. Happy, happy Mother’s Day!
This is exactly what I want to make for brunch this weekend! Thank you!
I can smell this already! Such a decadent breakfast.
I’ve had this recipe saved for a long time and I finally make it for a school brunch. It was so delicious and it was the first dish gone!
Printed this recipe! This french toast is so perfect. I’ve often had this at coffeeshop but never dare to make it. I will ask my bf to make it with me in any case! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Now I am craving french toast. Looks scrumptious! This post is Featured at Merry Monday this week. Pinned.
This is what I was looking for my weekend, but I never made it before it will be new for me
Love challah bread and look forward to making your French toast casserole for my great nephew and niece! (And their parents and my sister.) P.s. Hats off to anybody who can get out of bed at 5 a.m.!
The ultimate lazy morning breakfast!