The recipes left out one critical preparation step for this dish. You MUST let it set for at least a few hours (better overnight!) before you bake it! So pour the egg mixture over the bread, cream cheese & fruit, cover & refrigerate. Then bake covered at 350 for 30 minutes, remove the cover and bake for an additional 30 minutes. I used frozen strawberries, so I had to bake an additional 10 minutes to accommodate the extra liquid.
Also, a little hit of maple syrup made all the difference if you want some sweetness. I thought this was delicious!
I really had high hopes for this and ended up not caring for it at all. To make it better, next time I would use half the bread (and choose a sweet variety, not plain white), half the cream cheese, and add sugar. This was not sweet, except the sweetness of the berries, even though I used extra honey.
Changes I made: Only used about two thirds of a loaf of bread. Only used one 8-ounce block of cream cheese instead of two. Used frozen blueberries and frozen chopped peaches as that was what I had on hand. Results: It was tasty but not overwhelmingly so. I think it would really need to be jazzed up somehow for me to make it again. I think I would enjoy much more fruit and much less bread, and I could probably get away with using less milk and fewer eggs. Also, it took at least an hour to bake.
I'm giving this 4 stars because it tasted really good, but I had a heck of a time with the preparation. I prepared this as stated, but it made a ton. I had a high-edged 13x9 pan (like one for lasagna) that was almost overflowing. I had to bake it for an hour and a half (I covered it after 30 minutes to avoid burning) before the egg mixture would set in the middle. I did use frozen berries - maybe that's what did me in. I'm going to try this one more time with fresh ones because I really want to love this recipe.
Made this for a church meeting. I loved it. Ladies all loved it. I used day-old French bread and tore pieces rather than cubed. I did have to bake about 1 hour at 375F. I will make again, maybe using other berries.
I made this for myself and 4 children ages 12,6,4 and 2 and none of us liked it at all. I even gave it to my father who eats everything and he would not eat it either. It sounded so good but did not taste so good.
I just made this last night. My 1yrld daughter and I enjoyed it. I had to add 3 more eggs and some more milk because it didn't seem like it made enough egg mixture to cover it all. (I also added more berries (because I had them))I put it in 2 pans and froze one. It made 2 huge casseroles! I also cooked it about 10 more mins. than the time stated. Thanks!
I doubled the berries, and used French bread. My family adored it!!
This turned out so delicious! I actually quartered the recipe to feed 2 people and it worked out fine! Yummy! Thanks Pamela!