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Chocolate Strawberry French Toast Bake

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This Chocolate Strawberry French Toast Bake is a delicious twist on a traditional French toast recipe. Made with chocolate swirled french bread, cream, brown sugar, sweet and juicy strawberries, and chocolate chips. Always a holiday breakfast or brunch favorite, this baked French toast is filling and flavorful.

Strawberry french toast bake slice on plate.

Whether you put it on the table for a holiday brunch or serve it on a special occasion, this strawberry French toast bake is a true show-stopper.

This recipe is full of  bread cubes infused with creamy custard mixture, sweet spices, brown sugar topped with fresh strawberries. To make it even more special, we’re using a chocolate Brioche bread for more sweet flavor.

And the best part? It’s a dream recipe for every late-riser breakfast-lover out there. Prepare it at night, keep it refrigerated, and pop it in the oven the next morning. Serve and enjoy!

This Strawberry French toast casserole is the breakfast recipe you’ll turn to often.

Why You’ll Love Strawberry French Toast Bake

An All-Rounder Treat:. Sweet strawberries and decadent chocolate – of course, it tastes and smells heavenly. And when you look at it, you’ll know it’s a masterpiece.

Kids Love It: The little eaters are the hardest to please. But with this Chocolate Strawberry French Toast Bake, you’ll have them asking for seconds, Guaranteed!

Goodbye Bread Wastage: Stale challah bread? Leftover Brioche bread? No problem. This recipe calls for day-old bread. No more wastage!

Easily Customizable: Flavor your egg mixture however you like. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract are my go-to.

Perfect Make-Ahead Breakfast Option: Looking for easy brunch recipes for a special occasion like Mother’s Day or Valentine’s Day? Add this to your list right away!

Strawberries are a great addition to breakfast! Don’t miss these sweet Chocolate Chip Strawberry Muffins or these luscious Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins with a crunchy streusel topping.

More Breakfast Recipes

If you need a quick breakfast, make this delicious yet easy Air Fryer French Toast.

Want something fun? This Donut Strawberry Shortcake is always a hit!

Kitchen Tools Needed

  • Sharp Knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Large mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Spatula or Wooden Spoon
  • Plastic wrap
  • 9×13 casserole or baking dish

Ingredients

CHOCOLATE BRIOCHE BREAD: I love the texture of Brioche bread. Plus, the extra chocolatey flavor will make this recipe extra special.

EGGS: Use eggs at room temperature so they’re easy to mix. Eggs help bind the ingredients; you can’t leave these out.

MILK: Another French toast staple! I use whole milk, but you can always switch to almond milk or your preferred non-dairy option.

VANILLA CREAMER: I usually grab one from the store, but you can always make your own. It’s an easy recipe. Just mix sweetened condensed milk, half and half, and vanilla extract, and viola!

HEAVY CREAM: You don’t need a lot of it, but heavy cream adds creaminess to the custard. I usually add a cup.

VANILLA EXTRACT: It’s the perfect way to enhance the vanilla flavor of your French toast without overpowering any other ingredients.

CINNAMON: You’ll love the subtle warmth and flavor it adds to the recipe. Other options include nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, or cardamom.

BROWN SUGAR: It adds a touch of caramel flavor to your French toast recipes.

STRAWBERRIES: I’m a fresh fruit lover, so I stick to fresh strawberries. Make sure you remove the stem and dice them. If you’re using frozen berries, thaw them first. Since frozen berries release juices, reduce the milk mixture by 1/4th.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: Semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips are my favorite. But you can use whatever you have on hand. White chocolate chips are also a good option!

MAPLE SYRUP: Drizzle some on top; you’ll love it!

Refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom for exact quantities.

Loaf of Chocolate Brioche Bread and fresh strawberries sitting on a cutting board.

 

How to Make Chocolate Strawberry French Toast Bake

1. Prep Ingredients

Cut up Brioche bread into 1 inch cubes and spread out on a baking sheet. Set aside for 2 hours to allow the bread to dry out.

In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, vanilla creamer, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Whisk mixture to combine.

Slice strawberries and set to the side.

In a large bowl add the chocolate Brioche bread chunks, strawberries and egg mixture. Fold together to combine.

Wrap the large bowl with saran wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours to overnight.

2. French Toast Bake 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Fill 9 x 13 baking pan with the french toast mixture and lightly press down into an even layer.

Four collage photo showing how to make strawberry french toast bake.

Bake for 35-40 minutes. Check at the 35-minute mark, and if it is not done bake for longer.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

3. Add Toppings

Sprinkle the french toast bake with powdered sugar.

Serve cut individual servings and top with whipped cream, a sprinkling of chocolate chips and maple syrup.

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Use an egg slicer to slice your fresh strawberries for an even cut.
  • Tough breads like French bread need more soak time. If you’re using it, I suggest you soak the bread slices overnight.
  • If you’re using frozen berries, watch out for the juices they’ll release. It can make the bake a little soggy.
  • Brush butter on top of the bread for a beautiful golden brown color. If you feel your French toast is browning too soon, transfer the baking dish to a lower rack or cover it with aluminum foil.

Variations

  • Try different berries. Peaches, apricots, and mangoes will taste perfect, too.
  • Layer your French toast with cream cheese for a thicker texture.
  • Top it with dried fruits or chopped nuts for a crunchier bite.
  • Make it a full meal with a side of air fryer bacon and Greek Yogurt fruit salad.

Why is My French Toast Soggy?

Using fresh bread can result in a wet, mushy toast. Day-old or stale bread works best. You want the bread to soak up as much egg custard as possible.

Can I Use Fresh Bread?

You can use fresh bread, but there’s one extra step. You’ll need to bake fresh bread cubes for 10 minutes at 275 degrees before moving on with the recipe. The best bread for this strawberry French toast bake is slightly stale or dried out.

How to Store Strawberry French Toast Casserole?

Transfer your leftover baked French toast to an airtight container, or keep it in a separate bowl covered with plastic wrap. Like this, you’ll be able to save it for up to 3 days.

Add this Strawberry French Toast Bake recipe to your favorite breakfast ideas, and you’ll never start a day on a bland note! This is a perfect dish to enjoy on a lazy weekend or share with a large group of people on holiday mornings.

Yield: 6

Chocolate Strawberry French Toast Bake

Strawberry french toast bake slice on plate.

This Chocolate Strawberry French Toast Bake is a delicious twist on a traditional French toast recipe. Made with chocolate swirled french bread, cream, brown sugar, sweet and juicy strawberries, and chocolate chips. Always a holiday breakfast or brunch favorite, this baked French toast is filling and flavorful.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Chocolate Brioche Bread
  • 6 large Eggs, room temp
  • 1 cup Vanilla Creamer
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Strawberries, diced and stem removed (save some for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
  • Whipped Cream
  • Maple Syrup

Instructions

  1. Cut up Brioche bread into 1 inch cubes and spread out on a baking sheet. Set aside for 2 hours to allow the bread to dry out.
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, vanilla creamer, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Whisk mixture to combine.
  3. Slice strawberries and set to the side.
  4. In a large bowl add the chocolate Brioche bread chunks, strawberries and egg mixture. Fold together to combine.
  5. Wrap the large bowl with saran wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours minimum to overnight.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Fill 9 x 13 baking pan with the french toast mixture and lightly press down into an even layer.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Check at the 35-minute mark, and if it is not done bake for longer.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.Sprinkle the french toast bake with powdered sugar.
  10. Serve cut individual servings and top with whipped cream, a sprinkling of chocolate chips and maple syrup.

Notes

See recipe post for tips and variations.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 290Total Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 290mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 3gSugar: 24gProtein: 9g

Nutritional values are estimates and not exact.

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