Thursday, October 28, 2010

Stuffed French Toast Strata

Wonderful for a holiday breakfast treat.  This is easy to make and can be assembled the night before. I love the orange-pineapple version below, but you can customize this with your family's favorite jam and cream cheese spread.

12 slices raisin-cinnamon bread, or plain cinnamon bread, lightly toasted
1/2 cup pineapple cream cheese spread
1/2 cup orange marmelade
2 T butter, softened
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla

Spray rectangular baking dish (13 x 9) with cooking spray.  Place six slices of bread in bottom of dish.  Spread each slice evenly with cream cheese and marmalade.  Butter remaining bread slices; place butter-sides up on top of bread in dish.

Beat eggs, milk and vanilla in medium bowl with wire whisk until blended.  Pour over bread.  Cover with foil and refrigerate at least six hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 350.  Uncover dish and bake 35 to 45 minutes or until deep golden brown and slightly puffed.  Serve piping hot with maple syrup.  Fantastic!

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