Strawberry jam and cream cheese added to custard soaked bread and assembled the night before make the best strawberry baked French toast you've ever tried. Brown sugar sprinkled on top give it a crispy sweetness that will transform your breakfast. Great for Christmas morning or for when you have overnight guests.
Prep Time: 10minutes
Cook Time: 30minutes
12ouncesfrench bread(cut into 11/2 inch pieces)
8ounces⅓ less fat cream cheese(cut into 1 inch pieces)
Warm jam in microwave for about 1 minute until it is melted.
Place half of bread cubes in the bottom of a lightly greased 13x9 inch baking dish. Top with cream cheese cubes and drizzle with melted jam. Top with remaining bread cubes.
Whisk together eggs, half-and-half, cinnamon and vanilla. Pour over bread mixture. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cover tightly.
Chill for 8-24 hours.
Preheat oven to 325º. Bake covered for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10-15 minutes or until bread is golden brown and mixture is set.
Barbara's Notes + Tips
Make sure you start with day old bread or let it dry in the oven for a few minutes.