The formal name to this incredible breakfast dish is – Cranberry +Orange, cream cheese French toast casserole. It was too long to include in the heading, but it’s just as delicious as it sounds. In my opinion, this is the perfect breakfast to have on Christmas morning.

❤️ Why You’ll Love Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

To me, the best kind of breakfast is the one made the night before and allows us to have a delicious morning with minimal mess. I seriously love a make ahead breakfast, especially one as delicious as this. It’s made with my cranberry orange sourdough loaf (see that recipe under “stuffed sourdough”) covered in a yummy French toast custard with dollops of orange cream cheese on top. It really is the total package when it comes to breakfast.

🍲 Ingredients

Cranberry and Orange Loaf – Preferably one that’s been sitting for a couple of days. see my recipe under the “Stuffed Sourdough” page.

Eggs – 8 eggs

Milk – whole milk (I don’t add cream to this recipe because the cream cheese adds the richness that is typical for a French toast casserole).

Cinnamon – to give it the French toast flavor.

Sugar – There are 3 types of sugar is in the recipe. Granulated sugar in the custard, brown sugar in the crumble topping, powdered sugar in the cream cheese mixture.

Cream cheese – softened

Orange – zest in the custard, and juice in the cream cheese mixture

👩‍🍳 How to Make Cranberry and Orange French Toast Casserole

The night before, dice your sourdough loaf and place into a 9×13 baking dish.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, orange zest, and granulated sugar. Whisk well and then pour liquid into the dish right over the diced sourdough bread.

In a stand mixer (or mixing bowl with a hand mixer) add cream cheese, powdered sugar, orange juice, and a splash of cream until all the ingredients are combined and the mixture is light and fluffy.

Place dollops of the cream cheese mixture all over the top of the bread. Cover with aluminum foil and place into the fridge overnight.

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together brown sugar, salt, flour, cinnamon and butter. Transfer all the ingredients into a Ziplock bag and into the fridge with the casserole.

In the morning, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Peel back the aluminum foil and sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over top and replace the aluminum foil. Bake at 400 for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an addition 10 – 15 minutes. You can do longer if you like crispy bits on top.

Serve warm with some maple syrup and a glass of orange juice 🙂

🪄 Tips and Tricks

  • French Toast Casserole is better if the bread was made a couple days prior.
  • Making the night before is ideal, but if you don’t have time, you can let it sit for at least two hours in the fridge.
  • Making the crumble topping the night before ensures that there is no mess the morning of.
  • For the crumble topping, I use a cheese grater to break up the butter. But if you do not have one, you can just slice it thin and work the ingredients with your hands.

🗒 Variations

You do not have to make this cream cheese French toast casserole with cranberry and orange, you can easily make this recipe with a regular loaf and no orange juice or zest.

  • Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole


🗒 Substitutions

Inclusions are an easy way to add flavors to any dish, so even though this is made with cranberry and orange flavors, you can use the sourdough loaf recipe you like best.


🗒 Best served with

  • Breakfast

👝 How to Store Leftovers

Place your leftover casserole in an airtight container and in the fridge for up to 3 days.

🤔 Common Questions

What if I want to make this in the same day?

If you can’t prep this the night before, mix together and let it sit in the fridge for at least two hours before baking.

Does it have to be cranberry and orange?

Nope! You can use any flavored sourdough loaf you like best, and then follow the recipe the same.

5 from 3 votes

Cranberry and Orange French Toast Casserole

Print Recipe
Cranberry and Orange, cream cheese, French toast casserole. A fun, festive, and decadent way to start your day. This is sure to be a breakfast dish the whole family will love.
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:55 minutes
Resting time:8 hours
Total Time:9 hours 10 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 bread knife
  • 1 9×13 baking dish
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • 1 stand mixer or hand mixer

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf cranberry and orange sourdough
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp orange zest one full orange
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Mixture

  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 tbs powdered sugar
  • 1 tbs orange juice juice of one full orange

Crumble Topping

  • 1 stick cold butter 8 tablespoons
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • pinch salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • The night before, dice your sourdough loaf and place into a 9×13 baking dish.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla extract, orange zest, and granulated sugar. Whisk well and pour directly over the diced sourdough bread.
  • In a stand mixer (or mixing bowl with a hand mixer) add softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, orange juice, (add a splash of cream if the mixture is too thick for you) mix until all the ingredients are combined, and the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Place dollops of the cream cheese mixture all over the top of the bread. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and place into the fridge to rest overnight.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together brown sugar, salt, flour, cinnamon and butter. Transfer all the ingredients into a Ziplock bag and into the fridge for the night with the casserole.
  • In the morning, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  • Peel back the aluminum foil and sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the bread and place the foil back over the dish. Bake covered for 40 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 -15 minutes. Bake longer if you like crispy bits on top.
  • Serve warm with a drizzle of maple syrup and a glass of orange juice 🙂

Notes

I use a cheese grater to cut my cold butter for the crumble topping, but if you don’t have a cheese grater you can thinly slice the butter and work the mixture with your hands. 

Nutrition

Calories: 433kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 297mg | Sodium: 447mg | Potassium: 320mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 49g | Vitamin A: 853IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Breakfast, Casserole, French Toast, Sourdough
Servings: 5
Calories: 433kcal

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  1. 5 stars
    Made this for Christmas. Oh my goodness, what a delight!! It was so tasty and full of flavor. This will definitely be a part of yearly Christmas brunch. Thank you so much for the recipe. (I made it exactly as shown, didn’t change a thing.)