Recipe by 2Bleu
This is just 2bleu good! You make this the night before, and serve for breakfast or brunch.
Top Review by twissis
DH & I are trying to be diet conscious all wk & allow ourselves Sat as the day we indulge in things outside the diet plan. I made half of your recipe in a rd Pyrex baking dish w/a lid as written, but I altered the prep slightly. I wanted to evenly distribute the cream cheese in the dish, so I softened it & whisked it into the egg & milk mixture. For the most part DH is not very fond of sweet dishes for breakfast, mostly because they freq use tart berries & require a lot of sugar. This dish benefits from using less sugar than most & gets its sweetness from the natural banana sweetness & the sml amt of maple syrup. This combo w/the use of cream cheese gives it a mellow richness & reduces the guilt factor. This was so easy to fix & such a treat for our Sat brunch! I was so impatient to get it in the oven this morning that I forgot to dust the top w/the cinnamon. :-( Thx for sharing this sure to be repeated keeper w/us.
- 8 ounces French bread, cubed (or Challah bread)
- 4 ounces neufchatel cheese, cut into small cubes or 4 ounces cream cheese
- 2 bananas, sliced
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups 2% low-fat milk
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions See How It's Made
- Arrange half of bread cubes in a lightly greased 8x8 pan. Sprinkle evenly with cream cheese and bananas. Top with remaining bread cubes.
- Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, butter and maple syrup. Pour over bread mixture, pressing bread cubes to absorb the moisture. Cover and chill for 8 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350°F Sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake covered for 30 minutes.
- Uncover and bake 30 min more or till lightly browned and set. Let stand a few minutes before serving.