Make Mornings Special With A Peaches and Cream Brunch Casserole

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Eggs, pancakes, French toast–do you ever feel like you’re rotating between the same tired old brunch options? Those traditional breakfast dishes are okay, but every now and then I like to mix it up with a delicious brunch casserole. One of my favorite brunch casserole recipes is this heavenly peaches and cream strata. It’s perfect for holiday mornings, birthday breakfasts, and any other day deserving of something special.

Consider this casserole a better version of typical French toast. It uses stale bread so you don’t have to throw away those uneaten loaves, and the peaches and cream cheese make a refreshingly sweet combination. I prefer to use fresh peaches, but if you can’t get your hands on any quality fruit, a large can of peaches in syrup will also work.

peaches and cream brunch casserole

Brunch casseroles are a favorite in my family not only because they’re so delicious, but also because they’re easy to make and can be made the night before. When I’m planning a special morning, I make this casserole ahead of time, store it in the refrigerator overnight, and then bake it in the morning so I can serve it hot. It’s great because I don’t have to run around trying to get everything done before my morning coffee. 

Yield: 8-10 Servings

Peaches and Cream Brunch Casserole

Peaches and Cream Brunch Casserole
This recipe is fast, cheap and easy. It can be made ahead the night before and baked when you are ready. Every time I make it someone asks for the recipe. Well, everybody, here it is for all to see. And look, they ate it up so fast I almost didn’t get a picture.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 cups stale bread
  • 6-8 fresh peaches or a large can of peaches in syrup
  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese
  • 6 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk or cream
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup walnuts

Instructions

  1. Tear your stale bread into small pieces.
  2. Cut the cream cheese into small pieces about the size of walnuts and add to the bread.
  3. Roughly chop the peaches and add to your bread and cheese mixture.
  4. Mix eggs, cream or milk, nutmeg, and vanilla in a small bowl before adding to the casserole.
  5. Sprinkle walnuts on top.
  6. At this point, you can cover and refrigerate overnight or go straight to the preheated oven.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 minutes until it's golden brown (maybe a little longer if it’s coming form the overnight chill).

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