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Have Your Cake and Eat it Too Breakfast

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too Breakfast
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Have Your Cake and Eat it Too Breakfast is a delicious strawberry cheesecake-inspired recipe in the form of a French toast breakfast casserole. This delightful dessert-for-breakfast meal will make your mouth start watering just reading the recipe. This is a great dish to make when company comes over because who doesn't love cheesecake for breakfast? While this is called a breakfast casserole, it doubles as an equally appealing dessert recipe, should you care to indulge your sweet tooth in a more unique way. No matter when you eat it, this easy recipe is sure to be a smash hit.

Preparation Time30 min

Cooking Time1 hr 5 min


  • 10 slices Challah or French bread, cut into cubes
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 10 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup half & half
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
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  • 3/4 cup quartered strawberries
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup


  1. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl whisk together 10 eggs, half & half, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.

  3. Layer half of the bread cubes in the baking dish. Toss half of the cream cheese cubes over the bread cubes. Layer 1 cup sliced strawberries over top of cream cheese cubes. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons sugar over first layer.

  4. Layer the rest of the bread cubes, cream cheese cubes, and strawberries. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons sugar over second layer.

  5. Pour egg mixture over the top.

  6. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing down. Refrigerate overnight.

  7. When ready to bake, remove from the refrigerator and remove plastic wrap. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  8. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 25-30 minutes until top is puffy and golden brown.

  9. Prepare strawberry maple syrup while casserole is baking. Serve with French Toast.

  10. To Prepare Maple Syrup: Combine maple syrup and strawberries in a small saucepan, and then ?cook syrup mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 6 -8 minutes until heated. 

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Oh, my goodness...cheesecake for breakfast? Yes, please! A while back I bought some Challah bread rolls just out of curiosity and thought they were ok but a little sweet for my taste as a roll but I think it would be perfect for this recipe! For some odd reason, I'm really thinking peaches would really compliment them as well or even cherries...yum!

Yum! This sounds absolutely delicious. My wife made a bread pudding using some cinnamon bagels we got from Panera. I think trying this with those bagels (or their French Toast bagels) would work extremely well. It strikes me as possible to try this with some other fruits, like blueberries or bananas, and this would be a great breakfast/dessert to try out.

This is definitely my new go-to indulgent breakfast. I can't wait for the next brunch I host so that I can serve this!

This looks really good. More like a dessert than breakfast!


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