Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Frozen Berry French Toast

Berry French Toast
I'm not a conventional breakfast food eater, when we go out to eat, I usually get something that I won't or can't make at home.  Cereal is the quickest option and the easiest choice, but I get bored with it.  Another option is eggs, but again I bore of them too.  If I could eat crepes everyday I would be happy, but that's another story.  When I found this recipe at Merry with Children, I fell in love with the picture that I found on Pinterest.  So instead of adding it to my pile of "recipes I want to make"  I prepped the food late Saturday night, so we could have a yummy Sunday morning.

I made the recipe with what I had on hand and I added a little more cream cheese.  The original recipe called for 4 eggs, but I had x-large organic eggs, so I only used 3.  In the end, this tasted like dessert, so I wonder had I used more egg and less cream cheese would it have been more like french toast.   Be sure that your bread is well soaked with the egg, but a nice touch was the bread that was on top added a nice crunch.
Ingredients:
1/2 loaf of Italian Bread
8 oz. of lite cream cheese, cut into small cubes
1 cup frozen berries
3 eggs
3/4 cups milk

Directions:
Prepare a casserole dish.  I used Pam, but next time I'll use butter.
Cut bread into 1 inch cubes.
Place half the bread cubes in casserole dish.
Cover with cream cheese and berries. 
Top with remaining bread cubes.
In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk and syrup.
Pour over the bread mixture in the casserole dish.
Press down on bread to make sure that the egg mixture is distributed throughout the bread.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
Take out of refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove plastic wrap from casserole and cover with aluminum foil.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and center is set.
Let sit for 5 – 10 minutes prior to serving.
Serve with Berry Syrup (recipe below) and a pinch of powdered sugar.
Berry Syrup
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp cornstarch**
1 cup water
1 cup frozen berries
1 tsp butter

In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch**.
Add water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil 3 minutes while stirring constantly.
Add berries and reduce heat to simmer.
Simmer for 8-10 minutes or until berries burst.
Stir in butter until melted. Serve with french toast above.
**I didn't have cornstarch, so I substituted it with double the amount of all-purpose flour, and prepare as usual.

Stay hungry my friend!