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Baked Deep-Dish Strawberry French Toast

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Cooking Time:

1 hour

Yield:

8 - 10 servings

Directions

Ingredients:  
16 oz loaf of French bread, cubed into ½” cubes
6 oz cream cheese (¾ of an 8 oz package), cubed into ½” cubes
6 large eggs
1 qt Half & Half
½ cup butter, melted
¼ cup maple syrup
   
Topping:   
16 oz fresh sliced strawberries (frozen sliced strawberries may be substituted)
10 oz strawberry jam
Arrange half of the cubed bread in a lightly greased, deep 9 x 13” pan. 
Sprinkle with cubed cream cheese, and cover with remaining bread cubes.
Whisk together eggs, Half & Half, butter, and maple syrup. 
Pour evenly over the bread cubes, making sure they all absorb the egg mixture.
Cover with foil and refrigerate for 8 hours (over night).
   
In the morning, keep foil in place and Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. 
Remove foil and bake another 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
While french toast is baking, combine and heat topping ingredients in a saucepan.
Cut french toast into 8–10 servings.  Plate each serving, then ladle heated topping generously over each serving.  Goes great with your favorite sausage.  Enjoy!