Overnight Cream Cheese-Stuffed Lemon French Toast with Strawberries

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! This Overnight Cream Cheese-Stuffed Lemon French Toast with Strawberries is the perfect Mother’s Day breakfast or brunch. It can be made the night before. More importantly, it’s so delicious that you’ll forget about the fact that no one has changed the toilet paper roll and that all you really want is a nap, lunch with your girlfriends, and the dishes done by someone else. So. Send this to your significant other, drop some hints, and let them know that you want a) this French toast, b) all toilet paper rolls readily stocked, and c) that a nap (alone) is the greatest gift of all. 

I love the idea of the blueberry-cream cheese overnight French toast–you guys know what I’m talking about, right? But I can never get past the big chunks of cream cheese. It just doesn’t work for me. But I kept that idea in mind when coming up with this recipe because I want so badly to like it.

One of my favorite things in the universe are cream cheese filled croissants. Also right up there are strawberries and lemons together. I also love French toast made with croissants instead of regular bread because the texture is so fabulous. So…this recipe is kind of a combination of all my guilty pleasures.

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You’ll need about 6 large, stale croissants, softened cream cheese, a couple of fresh lemons, eggs, milk, lemon extract, powdered sugar, and lemon extract.

Overnight Cream Cheese Stuffed Lemon French Toast with Strawberries ingredients

You’ll also need Strawberry Sauce, sliced fresh strawberries, and sweetened whipped cream for serving.

Combine the softened cream cheese, 3/4 cup powdered sugar,

adding powdered sugar to Overnight Cream Cheese Stuffed Lemon French Toast with Strawberries

the zest from one lemonadding lemon zest to Overnight Cream Cheese Stuffed Lemon French Toast with Strawberries
(a Microplane will be your best friend here),

and the strained juice from one lemonadding lemon juice to Overnight Cream Cheese Stuffed Lemon French Toast with Strawberries (about 2 tablespoons) in a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Slice the croissants in half lengthwise.

Slicing a croissant

 

sliced croissants
and generously spread the bottom half of each croissant with the cream cheese mixture, using all of the cream cheese.

Press the croissant tops down onto the cream cheese, flattening them a little.

cream cheese stuffed croissant

If you need to, cut them into halves (or even fourths, depending on what you need to do to fit them into the pan…you also may not need to cut them at all) and place them into a 9×13″ pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

cream cheese stuffed croissants in baking dish

Whisk together 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1 1/4 teaspoons lemon extract, and the zest of another lemon.

mixing milk and eggs for french toast

Pour evenly over the croissant mixture

pouring french toast mixture over stuffed croissants

Cover the pan with foil and refrigerate overnight for for 8-10 hours.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350. Place the covered pan in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 20-30 minutes or until the croissants are golden brown and all the liquid is absorbed. Remove from oven and allow to stand for 5-10 minutes.

Cut into squares and serve with strawberry sauce, sliced strawberries, and, if you want (how could you not want), sweetened whipped cream.

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Cream Cheese-Stuffed Lemon French Toast with Strawberries

  • Author: kate jones
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10-12

Description

 


Ingredients

  • 6 large, stale croissants
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese (light is fine)
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons lemon extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • Strawberry Sauce (see link above)
  • Sliced fresh strawberries
  • Sweetened Whipped Cream (see link above)

Instructions

Slice the croissants in half lengthwise. Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, zest of one lemon, strained juice of one lemon (about 1 1/2-2 tablespoons), and 3/4 cup powdered sugar. Mix with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Spread the lemon cream cheese mixture over the bottoms of the croissants and then replace the tops, pressing down to flatten. If necessary, cut into halves (or even fourths if necessary; you may not need to cut them at all) and arrange the pieces evenly in a 9×13″ pan lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Whisk together the milk, eggs, lemon extract, zest from the second lemon, and remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Pour evenly over the croissants and cover with aluminum foil. Refrigerate for 8-10 hours.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350. Bake covered for 30 minutes and then remove the foil and bake for another 20-30 minutes or until the croissants are golden brown and the liquid is absorbed. Remove from the oven and allow it to stand for 5-10 minutes. Cut into squares and top individual servings with Strawberry Sauce, fresh sliced strawberries, and, if desired, sweetened whipped cream. Serves 10-12.


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82 comments

  1. Good Heavens this looks delightful! Would it work with light cream cheese or should I just embrace the goodness of it all and eat rice cakes for the rest of the day?

  2. These sound delicious!!! I’ll have test them out before Valentine’s Day, you know, just to make sure I know how to make them 😉

  3. Sounds wonderful! Quick question-can the pan go directly from the refrigerator to the oven or does it need to warm to room temperature?

  4. oh i love regular french toast made with croissants…this sounds marvelously delish…can’t wait to try it…

  5. Wow! That sounds amazing! Seriously, the recipe title ALONE drew me in. French toast? Lemons and strawberries?! Great combo. Wondering if you could use some Texas toast or any other bread? Not that I don’t like the idea of the croissants, just curious!

    1. I’m sure you could! I would probably increase the eggs to 3 instead of 2–other breads tend to soak up more stuff and have a stronger flavor, so it would mask some of the egginess.

  6. Ugh! Servers down is so stressful! I’m glad you had this amazingness to calm your nerves 😉

    Can’t wait to try this out for Vday breakfast in bed!!

  7. Well now I don’t know what to make for breakfast on Valentines day…this or the heart shaped puffed pancakes! I know, my life is so hard…haha, but seriously this looks delicious I will be trying it either way! Thanks for another awesome one!

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