A flavorful French toast bake, perfect for a make ahead breakfast or brunch!
Author: Kristen Doyle of Dine & Dish
French Toast Bake
12slicesTexas Toastcut into 1 inch cubes
2, 8-ozpackages cream cheesecut into ½ inch cubes
1cupfresh California strawberrieshulled and sliced
2cupshalf and half
Strawberry Cream Sauce
1cupCalifornia strawberrieshulled and chopped
To make the French Toast Bake:
Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place half the bread cubes in the baking dish. Top with cream cheese cubes. Next, layer the sliced strawberries on top of the cream cheese, then place the remaining bread cubes over the strawberry layer.
In the jar of a blender, add the half-and-half and eggs. Blend until fully mixed. Add the maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon and blend until smooth. Pour mixture evenly over bread mixture.
Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. After refrigerated time is up, preheat oven to 350°F. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 30-40 minutes, or until bread is toasty and cream cheese has melted.
To make the Strawberry Cream Sauce:
While the French toast bake is cooking, place 1 cup strawberries, orange juice and sugar into a saucepan. Heat to a low boil.
In a separate small bowl, whisk together corn starch and water until smooth. Stir into the saucepan and cook over low until strawberry sauce has thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in the half and half.
Remove the French Toast Bake from the oven, cut into slices and serve topped with Strawberry Cream Sauce.