23 August 2015

Breakfast: Easy Simple French Toast Casserole

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Gourmet Galley, French Toast Casserole
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From Denny:  Whether it's the holidays, a busy summer when the kids are out of school or company came to visit, we all need something fast and simple to put together that's a crowd pleaser.  This simple easy to assemble breakfast casserole fits that bill!

All the ingredients required are a loaf of good French bread, a full 8 ounces of your favorite brand of cream cheese, milk, maple syrup, butter, sugar and eggs.  Add fresh fruit to serve and it's that easy!

Usually when a recipe calls for sugar I often substitute agave syrup or brown rice syrup or even molasses.  If you don't like or can enjoy cow's milk why not substitute almond milk?  When butter is in a recipe I choose to clarify it just because we love the extra boost of flavor at our house from browning and filtering out the milk solids - as well as the added health benefits.  You could use margarine in this recipe as a substitute too.  And, to gild the lily, why not add a few shakes of nutmeg and/or cinnamon, some chopped pecans or walnuts before baking?  Yeah, Flavor Town is the name at our house...



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Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Gourmet Galley, French Toast Casserole
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French Toast Casserole

Serves:  8

From:  Jeanne Partin in the cookbook “Cooking Up a Legacy of Faith” that is published by St. John’s Rosary Altar Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Zachary, Louisiana, available for purchase for $20 each from the church office. Call (225) 654-5778 for information. 

Ingredients:

1 loaf French bread, cut into about 1-inch cubes
8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
8 eggs
2 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup sugar
6 Tablespoons butter, melted
Additional maple syrup, if desired
Fresh fruit, for serving

Directions:

1. Cut bread into cubes. Cut cream cheese into cubes. Lightly grease 9-inch-by-13-inch baking dish with butter.

2. Place half of the bread in the baking dish along with the cream cheese cubes. Top with the rest of the bread.

3. In mixing bowl add eggs, milk, maple syrup and melted butter. Whisk together until eggs are well blended. Pour over the top of the bread cubes.

4. Press down with a spatula until all the bread is wet. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2-24 hours.

5. Bake uncovered, in preheated 325 F oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with fresh fruit of your choice.

Note: The newly published “Cooking Up a Legacy of Faith” cookbook is available for purchase for $20 each from the church office. Call (225) 654-5778 for information.  

Be sure to check second hand book sellers like ebay for previously owned copies.  Many times people buy these cookbooks to support their church and then never really use them so they are often in pristine condition.




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