Friday, November 11, 2011

Just Gotta Share…

Every year around the holidays I try to infuse a new recipe or two into the mix of traditional dishes served. I usually put on a big breakfast for both Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings. Then, I move on to getting the main event dinner into the oven. This recipe is one that I found and made last year during the holidays. It was a hit! I also made a delicious quiche and some Cotswold cheese toasties…all were new recipes to me that have now become requested favorites. I can’t wait to get into the kitchen and make them again this year! Enjoy!!

French Toast Casserole

1      (1-lb) loaf French Bread, cubed (1½ inches)
1      (8-oz) pkg cream cheese, cubed
2 ½  cups whole milk
¾     cup sugar
6      tbsp butter, melted
¼     cup pure maple syrup

Spray 13x9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Place half the bread in dish; sprinkle with cream cheese. Top with remaining bread. Whisk all remaining ingredients in large bowl; pour over bread, pressing on bread with spatula to soak up egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Heat oven to 350°. Bake, uncovered, 45 minutes or until lightly browned.

Serve with drizzle of maple syrup if desired.

My notes:
  • I make half batches in an 8-inch square baking dish that turn out fine.
  • I used the Texas Toast that you can buy in the bread aisle. Haven’t tried it with the French bread yet.
  • The first time I made it, I added a handful of craisins. Yum! The second time I made it with a few rounded spoonfuls of apricot preserves… delicious as well. The tart helps to cut some of the sweet richness. I’m thinking of trying a flavored syrup as well.

Be joyful at your Feast — you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless, and the widows who live in your towns. — Deut. 16:14

1 comment:

  1. Delicious, isn't it? I've made this before! Served it to a whole house-full when Matt's family came one year (parents, brother's family, nieces, etc). We had a blast, and yep, THIS recipe was a hit! So fun to try new stuff - I've got a pot of ham hocks and beans bubbling on the stove right now!!!


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