Orange French Toast Casserole with Cream Cheese Frosting
Friends, if you’re looking for an excuse to ditch the Easter ham and make brunch instead, this Orange French Toast Casserole with Cream Cheese Frosting is all the reason you need.
Can we all agree breakfast is the most superior meal of the day? It is perfection. At what other meal can you respectably choose to eat fluffy buttermilk pancakes, smoked salmon and cream cheese, overnight breakfast casserole, and/or Everything Bagel Eggs Benedict?
Even if you’re a steak and potatoes guy, breakfast has you covered. Steak and eggs is totally legit before 10 AM, and hash browns and home fries are no joke.
I love that at breakfast I can satisfy both my savory and sweet tooth in one platter. At this meal alone, dessert and main course mingle together in perfect harmony. Maple syrup lazily pools by the crispy oven bacon. Bites of waffle blend with runny egg yolk. It’s the way nature intended it, I’m sure of it.
I love a good robust holiday meal, but I’d ditch the Thanksgiving turkey and Easter ham in favor of a giant brunch any day. Don’t think breakfast food is worthy of a holiday meal? I’m going to let this Orange French Toast Casserole convince you otherwise.
This casserole began with a desire to cook something special for the Mr. for his birthday, coupled with the equally strong desire to not have to go to the grocery store. The Mr. absolutely LOVES orange sweet rolls, but I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, so I scoured my grocery inventory for another option.
Lo and behold, the freezer held just what I needed–a few ziplocks full of bread cubes I’d been saving for croutons. Croutons are great and all, but those bread cubes had a higher calling–orange french toast.
Guys, this casserole is just so, so good. It exceeded all my expectations. The bread is layered with orange zest, cinnamon, and sugar to give it an almost cinnamon-roll like taste.
Then, it’s covered in a custard and baked until crispy and golden on the outside and warm and gooey on the inside.
The finale? An orange spiked cream cheese frosting that melts into all the nooks and crannies. Topping french toast casserole with frosting instead of maple syrup is brunch heaven, people.
This tastes so similar to orange sweet rolls, but with about 1/2 the work. Plus, it’s pretty, makes your house smell AMAZING, is totally make-ahead friendly, and tastes like spring. I’d say that’s all the convincing you need. My work here is done.
Love orange recipes? Try these Iced Orange Cookies, Orange Cake, and Flourless Chocolate Orange Cake!
Orange Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole
- 1 loaf french bread, sourdough, or other crusty bread
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Zest of 1 orange
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Pinch salt
- Butter for greasing
For the frosting:
- 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
- Juice of 1 orange
I couldn’t agree more…this is what nature intended! Perfection!
I’m for sure eating breakfast at your house! Also I want to eat that icing with a spoon. 🙂
I would most certainly rather have this than ham any day!
You and me both Nancy! Hope you had a wonderful Easter!
This is almost too beautiful to eat! But with the orange in there…. wow, I’m feeling a craving coming on!
Well I’ll never buy orange rolls again! This is the way to go!
Totally! It’s so easy when you have leftover bread around!
I love the addition of citrus – perfect for Easter morning!
sounds like the perfect breakfast for easter morning!
Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats
Courtney, This looks just amazing! I had cubed up some sourdough thinking to save it for panzanella, but now I’m thinking Easter brunch!
Thanks so much Kirsten! That sourdough would be perfect for this!
Gosh, that is gorgeous!! I am loving all the citrus, too!
Mmm this has me thinking of those orange sweet rolls from pillsbury. But I bet these are even better!
Yes!! They taste very similar. That’s my husband’s favorite, so I created this with those in mind.