Cranberry Almond French Toast Casserole

Ok friends, I’ve been so excited to share this Almond Cranberry French Toast Casserole recipe ever since I served it to a table of my friends last week.  I combined 3 different recipes to make this one, and I was pleasantly excited that nearly each of them asked for the recipe before we were done. I told them it was coming on the blog–ASAP! I have recently realized how much I LOVE cooked cranberries, though you could exclude them and just make a casserole if you’d like. The almonds could also be optional if there are allergies, I just LOVE me some TEXTURE in my food!

Cranberry Almond French Toast Casserole

You see, it was my friend Tracy’s birthday, and I hosted a little birthday breakfast in her honor. Tracy lives around the corner from me, and we’ve become dear friends. There are 5 of us ladies that live close by, and she has been hosting lunches for us for over a year. The other 4 of us always say we are going to take turns hosting (and we have a little), but she will eventually send out a group text letting us know that she will be making one of her fabulous gourmet meals, and we make sure we are available to be there.

It isn’t just delicious food, the conversation is so delightful, and she has a way with entertaining presentation. The 5 of us come from different faiths, and each lunch ends up become a multi faith devotional discussion by the end. I love those discussions, we are all open and inquisitive about how each other was raised, and how we currently worship. I cherish my friendship with these ladies.

Back to the breakfast. I wanted to make something special for Tracy on her birthday, but I also had her scrumptious cooking and presentation to live up to, so I had to deliver!  I have another Baked French Toast recipe that I often make and love, but I wanted to do something different.  I also wanted to step up my entertaining game, and use my nice dishes. I just got the most beautiful cobalt blue Le Creuset Covered Casserole dish, and I planned the meal and everything around it. I love how the red cranberries POP up against the blue dish.

Since this meal is generally assembled the night before and left to blend overnight, it was great to have a sturdy dish with a lid that I could shove other things in my fridge on top of. Because lets be honest…who has that much empty space in their fridge?!?

Easy prep with the bread, it can be sliced or cubed, pour the egg mixture over the top, and just toss the brown sugar covered cranberries in, then in the morning bake it to perfection!

Breakfast Casserole French ToastIt also has a cream cheese glaze poured over the top, which is a pure slice of heaven! The cranberries are cooked and softened, but they still POP in your mouth, which is a delightful experience. Ha! That sounds like I’m describing a musical I saw or something…

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Almond Cranberry French Toast Casserole
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Cuisine: breakfast
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Serves: 8-10
 
Delicious breakfast casserole dish
Ingredients
  • French Toast Mixture:
  • 6 eggs
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 pound/loaf French Bread/sliced or cubed
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup fresh uncooked cranberries
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • Glaze:
  • 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. French Toast:
  2. Whisk together the eggs with the sugar and cinnamon until blended.
  3. Whisk in the milk.
  4. Coat 9x13 dish with cooking spray.
  5. Place the bread in the bottom of the pan.
  6. Sprinkle with cranberries and almonds.
  7. Pour the egg mixture evenly over bread.
  8. Gently stir it around.
  9. Glaze:
  10. Beat cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in large bowl with electric mixer on medium sped until well blended.
  11. Drizzle over dish filled with bread.
  12. Refridgerate overnight
  13. Cook:
  14. Bake at 325 for 30-40 minutes, set to broil 3-5 minutes until slightly toasted.
  15. Serve with maple syrup or whipping cream.

cranberry french toast

I’d like to also mention about this Le Creuset casserole dish–I LOOOOOVE that it is smooth on the inside like glass, and dishwasher safe! I thought it was porous like a stone, but it’s not. Super simple to clean!  It’s also safe in the freezer AND microwave!!  Add it to your Christmas wish list (Amazon link below)!

Le creuset covered casserole dish

Let me also add that I was sent the dish by Le Creuset, but the opinions are my own.

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  1. Oh, this sounds so delicious…and is so pretty, too!
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  2. I’m going to try this out on Christmas morning. My husband’s grandmother always hosts Christmas at her house, and does the majority of the cooking herself. She’s in her 80′s, and is an old-fashioned country girl. This mean she serves scrapple (Google it), fried fish, venison, eggs, potatoes and black coffee. I’m not a big meat eater, and was honestly horrified my first Christmas morning at her house. I have since been bring dishes with me. I believe the family with thank you and I both for this recipe.

  3. Do you really put the icing on the night before and bake it with the icing on it already? I’m making this now and want to get it right. thanks

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Sorry! I actually forgot the cream cheese icing the night before and put it on in the morning. But I think it would just seep in well in the night before. Tell me what you did!

      • I ended up adding the icing right before I baked it. I think next time I will add less liquid to the french toast part. It was very “wet”. I did love the fresh cranberries! Thanks!!

    • I actually DID put the icing on the night before and it worked out brilliantly. This recipe was soooooo good. I substituted Gluten free french bread, and egg whites instead of full eggs, and non-fat cream cheese and it worked out just brilliantly!

  4. This looks SO delicious! I can’t wait to try it!
    I am sharing it on pinterest and google plus. If it is even half as delicious as it looks, it needs to be shared!
    Thanks for the recipe!
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  5. This has Christmas morning written al over it!!

  6. I wish I had this for breakfast!!

  7. This looks delicious and I love the dish as well! So pretty!
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  8. The directions don’t specifically indicate when or where the brown sugar is used. I see in the story ” brown sugar covered cranberries” are mentioned. Since I’ll try the recipe within the next couple of days, I’ll just wing it.

    • I’m wondering the same thing after reading through the recipe… I’m making this for Christmas morning! how did you end up winging it?

      • ha! I just stumbled across the recipe Sunday afternoon, so haven’t set it up yet. It’s probably going in the fridge tonight. My guess is I’ll sprinkle it on top of the cranberries and nuts. I nearly always adjust recipes from the get-go based upon what my family prefers and what is on hand anyway, so it’s extremely unlikely to matter. I have almonds around, but like pecans with cranberry. Plus I’ll go a fair bit less on the cinnamon. I like the spice, but it can easily become almost the only noticeable flavor. A full tablespoon sounds crazy to me. I’m also noticing there’s no butter. This confuses me :) Maybe I look at too many recipes from The Pioneer Woman and Paula Deen. lol

  9. ok so went to the store and of course forgot the cranberries and it is x-mas eve and unable to get back out so how bad would craisans be with this? my husband doesn’t think it would be bad, I’m not so sure on that

  10. Delicious breakfast casserole. Next time will toss bread in a larger bowl with egg mixture. Cream cheese glaze needs a bit of milk added in order to be a glaze to drizzle. Definitely a keeper!

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