Stuffed French Toast Casserole

Yield:  6 Servings

 

INGREDIENTS

 

8 (1 inch thick bread) – stale or fresh white loaf bread, crusts removed, cubed

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into cubes

1 large Golden Delicious apple, peeled, cored and finely diced

6 large eggs

1 cup half and half or whole milk

1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar

Pure maple syrup, heated for drizzling

 

PREPARATION

 

Cover the bottom of a large soufflé dish or deep cake pan with half of the bread crumbs.  Scatter cream cheese cubes evenly over bread.  Sprinkle the apples over the cream cheese.  Cover with remaining bread cubes.,

 

In bowl, beat the eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract until well blended.  Pour this mixture over the bread and let refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Bake the casserole until the eggs are set, the apples are tender and the top is lightly browned approximately 35-45 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool slightly for the custard to set.  Serve with warm maple syrup and dust with confectioner’s sugar.