Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Cooking Thursday

 A few weeks ago we had communion at church and it was Bob's turn to supply the juice and bread.  I couldn't remember how many loaves of bread we needed, and figured better to have too much!  Well, we ended up with a whole extra loaf of white bread.  We didn't need a loaf of white bread, so I decided to make a French Toast Bake for supper.  You make this ahead of time, and it sits in the frig for 4  to 12 hours before you bake it.  Then, the extras heat up really well for breakfast the next day.

(You are supposed to sprinkle this with powdered sugar before serving and it would make it look prettier, but I figured we didn't need those extra calories when putting syrup on anyway!)

French Toast Bake
10 cups of white bread that has been cut into 1-inch square pieces
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
8 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk 
2/3 cup half and half
1 cup maple syrup, divided
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar, for serving

Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place the cubed bread into the dish.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Add in the milk, half and half, 1/2 cup of the maple syrup and the vanilla and beat until combined. (There may still be some small chunks of cream cheese, but that is normal.) Pour the mixture over the bread cubes, pressing the bread down to make sure it is all soaked with the liquid. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 12 hours
When ready to bake, remove the casserole from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Bake, uncovered, for 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Pour the remaining 1/2 cup of maple syrup over the casserole and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Serve warm.


Ginny Hartzler said...

Yum, I need to try this!

Deb said...

Oh - this looks so good. Kind of reminds me of break pudding. I am going to give it a try! Supplying bread for communion brings back memories. In our church, the young boy take turns bringing the break and help with communion which we call sacrament. I remember both of my boys bringing bread (and sometimes forgetting it was their turn - and having an emergency Sunday morning trip to the store). Good memories and a good recipe. :-)

Joyful said...

Absolutely yummy looking.

Laurel Wood said...

This looks tasty. French toast is one of the few dishes my dad would make for us when we were kids…..sweet memories.

Hootin Anni said...

Yes, looks a lot like bread pudding. I will definitely try this.

R's Rue said...

Yum. I want some for breakfast.

Jeanette said...

That is a good use of extra bread!

Martha said...


Sparky said...

That sounds heavenly.
Blessings. xx

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

sounds like something I need to make.....yummmm

Kim said...

French toast is my weakness!!

Terri D said...

Sounds great to do for company brunch! Yum!

Barbara said...

What a delightful use for leftover communion bread! This look soooo good!

Judy said...

This looks so yummy!

Jenny the Pirate said...

Ugh this sounds HEAVENLY! xoxo