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French Toast Strata

This is a good recipe to use when company comes or when you are entertaining for brunch. Sometimes, I add dried apricots, snipped into small pieces. The apple syrup (in database) is very good with this too. Prep time includes 8 hours in refrigerator.

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  • Grease a 9x13x2 rectangular baking dish.
  • Place half the bread cubes in the dish.
  • Sprinkle with cream cheese cubes and then remaining bread cubes.
  • Combine eggs, cream, melted butter and syrup.
  • Mix well and pour over bread and cheese cubes.
  • Using a spatula, press layers down to moisten.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Remove plastic wrap and bake uncovered for 35- 40 minutes at 350ºF, or until set and golden brown.
  • Let stand about 10 minutes before cutting.
  • Top with your favorite syrup, or apple cider syrup (see database), or a big dollop of whipped cream.
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"This is a good recipe to use when company comes or when you are entertaining for brunch. Sometimes, I add dried apricots, snipped into small pieces. The apple syrup (in database) is very good with this too. Prep time includes 8 hours in refrigerator."
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  1. Mrs.Stanley
    A favorite! I have made this several times, the first time for a rehearsal brunch before our son's wedding. Most recently I substituted half the french bread with half a pound of raisin bread - added nice flavor. LOVE the cream cheese, when served very hot it turns creamy. Nice. Make sure you adjust your baking time if you have refrigerated overnight, I always have to bake it considerably longer than suggested baking time.
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  2. Mrs.Stanley
    A favorite! I have made this several times, the first time for a rehearsal brunch before our son's wedding. Most recently I substituted half the french bread with half a pound of raisin bread - added nice flavor. LOVE the cream cheese, when served very hot it turns creamy. Nice. Make sure you adjust your baking time if you have refrigerated overnight, I always have to bake it considerably longer than suggested baking time.
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  3. Ck2plz
    Good, so easy. In my opinion, I do not think you need to add the cream cheese. No real flavor added. I think real maple syrup would give it more flavor. I served strawberries and whip cream on the side. Yummy!
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  4. EthelP
    I've been making this every Christmas for at least 15 years and it makes the morning so much easier and you don't feel like a short order cook. I've always added a generous spoon of cinnamon in when I whirl the eggs and milk in the blender. It halves extremely well for when you're not feeding an army; just bake in an 8 X 8 square pan. If you fry your breakfast meats the night before and just reheat briefly in the oven while this is resting, it is truly a stress-free breakfast. Also is wonderful with a nice fresh mixed citrus fruit salad.
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  5. Chazbird
    This is a great recipe. The only thing I added was a generous sprinkle of cinnamon over it after I had put all the ingredients together. Everybody asked for the recipe. Thanks! CD
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