French Toast Casserole Recipe

French Toast Casserole Recipe

Special days like Christmas morning or big family gatherings call for an extra special breakfast.  Make this Cranberry Orange French Toast Casserole Recipe the night before and you won’t be stuck in the kitchen all day.

I love the idea of a warm, home baked breakfast on Christmas Day… or weekend days…  or any ol’ day for that matter.  The only trouble is that I don’t like getting stuck in the kitchen and missing all the fun.  Or, even worse, getting stuck in the kitchen while everyone else has a chance to get all “fancied up” with their reindeer sweaters and twinkly ribbons and, well, actually get to brush their teeth before eating breakfast and tearing into the packages that Santa left.

Ingredients

  • 1½ loaves french bread (1 pound each)
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter (for sides of the dish)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1½ cups sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 9 large eggs, divided
  • cranberry syrup (recipe follows) or tart berry jam, or tart pie filling
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1½ cup milk
  • 1½ tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons orange flavoring
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt (less if table salt)
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange rind
  • Cranberry Syrup:
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups (almost 10 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries
Read the whole recipe on Mother's Niche