This fruit laden french toast bake is make ahead good, inexpensive and will be loved by everyone! #frenchtoast #fruit #brunch
Keyword: bake, french toast
Skill Level: Intermediate
1 1/2cupswhole milk
4ouncescream cheeseroom temperature
1teaspoonpure vanilla extract
One 16-ounce loaf challah breadtorn or cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
Powdered sugar and maple syrupfor serving
Butter a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, cream, cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, vanilla and salt. The batter will be slightly lumpy from the cream cheese.
Add bread to the buttered baking dish and pour egg mixture over the top. Press the bread down to make sure it’s fully absorbing the liquid. Stir in the blueberries, raspberies and strawberries. Cover with foil. Refrigerate at least two hours or overnight.
Remove the casserole from the fridge and sit at room temperature for 25 minutes before baking. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake, covered with foil, for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 20 minutes more. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar and serve with lots of maple syrup.