Cherry French Toast Casserole

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Cherry French Toast CasseroleLooking for a great breakfast idea to serve mom this Mother’s Day? Then you may want to give this recipe for Cherry French Toast Casserole a try, it is perfect to serve mom breakfast in bed or to serve as a brunch dish. And best of all it can be prepared the night before and baked in the morning!

Prep time: 20 minutes
Bake time: 1 Hour & 15 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices of day old bread (I pick up my bread at the local bread outlet store)
  • 16 oz. of cream cheese (two 8 oz. packages)
  • 1 cup of thawed frozen sweet cherries
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Sugar to sprinkle on top (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut bread into cubes. Place half of the bread cubes in a buttered 13 x 9 inch glass baking dish.
  2. Cut the cream cheese into 1 inch cubes and layer on top of bread cubes in dish.
  3. Top with thawed cherries (and juice) and then remaining bread cubes.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla extract till completely combined.
  5. Pour egg mixture over bread mixture.
  6. Press bread down into the liquid to make sure everything gets absorbed.
  7. Cover pan with aluminum foil and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to baking. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  8. Bake casserole, covered, for 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle top with granulated sugar and bake until top is golden brown and mixture is set in the center, about 25-30 minutes.

Serve with syrup if desired along with bacon or sausage, coffee or juice and you have a lovely breakfast dish perfect for showing mom how much you love her!

You can substitute other fruits for the cherries as well as use fresh instead of frozen fruit. I have made this recipie with blueberries (add a little lemon zest – delish!) as well as fresh raspberries. I suppose you could also use strawberries however I dislike cooked strawberries so have not tried that.

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