Monday, June 22, 2009

Baked French Toast Filled with Fruit

Hello all! I hope you've been having a good life. Vacation was spectacular. So relaxing, the biggest decisions were whether to go to the pool or beach & which wonderful waterfront establishment to have dinner at.

I did make breakfast a couple of times for everyone, including this beautiful & delicious French Toast. So unique because it's filled with fruit & cream cheese, you will love it!!!!! We all did. Perfect for breakfast for 8 people at least.


1 loaf French bread
8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
1 ½ cups blueberries & raspberries
10 eggs
1 ½ cups half & half
1/3 cup maple syrup
½ cup melted butter
Cinnamon

Cut the bread into cubes. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray, Place half the bread cubes in the dish. Cut the cream cheese into small pieces & scatter across the bread. Sprinkle the fruit over the cream cheese.


{shown - 1 layer of bread cubes with cream cheese & fruit}

Cover the fruit with the remaining bread cubes. Combine the eggs, half & half, syrup & melted butter in a bowl & mix well. Pour over the bread cubes.


{shown - top layer of bread cubes, before pouring egg mixture over}


{beautifully done, golden brown on top}

Chill, covered for 8-10 hours. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Preheat oven to 350 & bake uncovered for 40-50 minutes. Serve with extra syrup.

{My Thoughts}

The original recipe calls for just 1 cup of fruit either or. I like both berries so I used both & increased by ½ cup. It turned out so well I wouldn’t change a thing. Also, don't be alarmed that the egg mixture doesn't come up to the top. This is what causes the top bread layer to bake perfectly with just a tiny crunch like regular french toast. There is no soggy here. However, I do recommend pushing the top bread cubes down with a fork just once so they get moist.

You’ll also want to serve this with extra syrup just like regular French toast.


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32 comments:

Jen said...

Oh, I so want to try that French toast! Yum. I am glad that you had a good vacation. Can't wait to see more pics.

Kristina P. said...

This is like bread pudding, but better!

Pumpkin Delight said...

Oh good! You're back with these yummy meals that inspire me to cook. That looks amazing. I'm not much of a breakfast eater, but I do like French toast.
Looks like you had a great time on your vaca.

Kelly said...

That looks so good! I was just looking for a recipe to take/make on a women's cabin retreat weekend. This just might be a perfect fit!!

FROGGITY! said...

you're back!!! yay! love the pics!! y'all look so happy and wonderful. yum to the french toast!

~Marie~ said...

I've missed you and your mouth watering recipes! Glad you had a wonderful vacation. Vacations are meant to be enjoyed and you totally did that.

starnes family said...

Great vacation pics! Recipe looks good, too.

angie said...

Oh wow. Looks like such a great breakfast dish for many......and the vacation shots are so great. I'm glad you had such a nice time!

TattooedMinivanMom said...

I'm glad you had fun!

Wibeche og Rune said...

French toast looks so yummy:)

Great pictures of you:)

Wib.

Coco said...

That looks fabulous. I am thinking that will be a perfect 4th of July brunch treat before the parade, especially with the blueberries and strawberries. Another on for my cook book. (I actually need to take a pic of my Live.Love.Eat. cookbook!!

And look how gorgeous you are! Love the darker hair and the bangs. Looks fab with your new tan!!

So glad you're back!

Sweet Pea Chef said...

What a great vacation you had!

The baked french toast looks amazing, I agree, the more fruit the better!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

The french toast looks scrumptious! You have such a beautiful family! I am so glad you had a great time.

Kacey R. said...

Evil woman! LOL This looks fabulous. I'm surprised you didn't save this one for NSFF. ;D This looks like a great recipe to make with my niece and nephew while they are here. WOOHOO! Thanks!

{{HUGS}}

Michelle said...

I have never seen a dish like that and I have to say it looks so good. Something I will want to try for sure.

Great vacation snaps.

Life, Love And Lola said...

Beautiful Pictures!!

Elra said...

Your kid is so adorable. What a wonderful vacation this must have been for all of you.

Delicious French toast. Love the way you make it here.

Reeni♥ said...

This french toast looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing your pictures!

Brenda said...

That looks SO good. I need an excuse to try it soon!

T~T said...

oh that vacation looks like a great time!

Emily said...

I AM MAKING THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

missy said...

YUM!!!!!!
my kids love french toast...we will have to try this one!!!!

newlyweds said...

What an excellent breakfast idea, yum. Also looks like you guys had a great time!!

Nanna said...

French toast is always good on it's on, this looks delicious, would make a great special breafast, I think I'll try it out on the grankids LOL
Helen

Kerstin said...

Oh, your French toast bake looks incredible! I love all the fresh fruit in it!

Looks like you had an awesome vacation - welcome back!

Scary Mommy said...

That looks so good!! As do you, rocking the tan. Glad vacation was good!

WPMomOf2 (jen) said...

okay these look much better than the frozen french toast sticks I gave my kids for breakfast today...ha!! Glad you had a nice vacay.

ModernMom said...

Okay its 10:30 at night and I want to go cook up some french toast! Thanks for sharing:)

scrappysue said...

ugh - i miss summer! that french bread recipe looks amazing. thanks for stopping by!

The Desperate Cook said...

Oh Wow!!! That French toast looks to die for. I would love to wake up to that....

Baby Favorite said...

Beautiful pictures and wow, the french toast dish looks DIVINE! Mmmmmmmmmm!

Life with Kaishon said...

Yum. Yum. Yum. Yum. YUMMMMMMMMMMM! : )