My roommate is awesome for bringing home freshly baked bread every week when she comes home from school. Since there are just two of us, we can’t necessarily consume entire loaves of fresh bread… we would need bigger pants…so we freeze them.
On one particular day, she defrosted a loaf that appeared to have some fruit in it. Turns out it was chock full of walnuts and dried cherries. Holy Deliciousness.
With a huge chunk of it remaining, she left a note on the bread saying “Eat me MoMo”… and instead of going at that hunk of bread slice by slice, I decided to make something with it. Since it was already sweet with cherries and walnuts, I wanted to keep the momentum and go with a French Toast… but not just any French Toast. A French Toast Casserole of sorts.
1.5 lbs of crusty bread (something on the slightly sweet side would be awesome)
1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup fresh strawberries, diced
1/4 cup marscapone cheese
1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
To start, Preheat oven to 375*. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking sheet with cooking oil.
Slice and cube the bread into rough one inch cubes.
Whisk the 8 eggs with the milk, sugar and vanilla and drench the bread cubes in them. (save extra egg mixture)
Place the soaked bread cubes in to the baking sheet and top with diced strawberries.
Place dollops of marscapone on top of the bread. Pour the remaining egg mixture over the casserole. If the mixture feels dry, add 2 more whisked eggs with 1/4 cup milk.
Let bake for 25-35 minutes.
Allow to cool before serving.
Slice and serve with warm maple syrup and powdered sugar.
This recipe made 6 HUGE servings. It makes for a great brunch item or even a dessert. Or pretty much whenever you are hungry.
Next variation to get a heavy addition of sliced bananas and warm peanut butter!