- 3 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 loaf (1 pound) cinnamon bread, cut into 1-in. pieces
- 5 large eggs
- 1 cup half-and-half cream
- Sweetened whipped cream
- Toss 2 cups strawberries with sugar. In another bowl, beat the next five ingredients until smooth. Place half the bread in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Spoon cream cheese mixture over bread. Layer with strawberry mixture and remaining bread. Whisk eggs and cream until blended; pour over top. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Remove casserole from refrigerator while oven heats. Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Top with whipped cream and remaining strawberries. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Strawberry French Toast Bake in Breakfast & Brunch Bookazine 2016
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