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Strawberry French Toast Bake

 Strawberry French Toast Bake
I was ecstatic when the owners of the Morley House in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, graciously shared this fabulous recipe with me. It's so good! —Debbie Dougherty, New Albany, Indiana
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 16 slices bread, crusts removed
  • 10 Eggland's Best Eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • STRAWBERRY SAUCE:
  • 1 jar (18 ounces) strawberry preserves
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

Directions

  • Spread cream cheese over eight slices of bread; top with remaining
  • bread. Cut sandwiches into 1-in. squares; place in a greased 13-in.
  • x 9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, cream,
  • butter and syrup; pour into the dish. With a spoon, gently press
  • bread cubes into egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or
  • overnight.
  • Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake at 350°
  • for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes
  • out clean and top is golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before
  • serving.
  • For sauce, in a small saucepan, combine preserves and strawberries.
  • Cook and stir until preserves are melted. Serve with French toast
  • bake. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/2 cups sauce).

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Nutritional Facts: 1 piece with about 1/3 cup sauce equals 697 calories, 34 g fat (19 g saturated fat), 348 mg cholesterol, 662 mg sodium, 82 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 16 g protein.
Wine: Sparkling Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.