Apple Raisin French Toast Strata

A simple but elegant way to make breakfast fast. Put together the night before, and bake while you're in the shower. Serve with lots of extra maple syrup! You may also add extra raisins if you wish.

Yield

12 servings

Ingredients

1 (1 pound) loaf cinnamon raisin bread, cubed
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, diced
1 cup diced peeled apples
8 large eggs
2 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions

Coat a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange 1/2 of the cubed raisin bread in the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle the cream cheese evenly over the bread, and top with the apples. If you like extra raisins, add them now. Top with remaining bread.

In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the cream, butter, and maple syrup. Pour over the bread mixture. Cover with plastic wrap, and press down so that all bread pieces are soaked. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C).

Bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 354; Total Fat: 23.1 g; Cholesterol: 195 mg; Sodium: 310 mg; Total Carbs: 28.3 g; Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g; Protein: 10.1 g

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