Sunday, July 21, 2013

French Toast Casserole with Nutella, & Strawberries

Here's a very decadent breakfast casserole.  Maybe serve it to your mom or wife to butter her up.  She'll probably give in.

1 loaf French bread, sliced
12 eggs
2 C half & half
1/4 C orange juice
1/2 C syrup
1/2 C sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 pint strawberries, sliced
One 13-ounce jar Nutella
Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, cut into small cubes

The night before you want this casserole, spray a 9 x 13 pan with pan coating.  Lay half of the bread slices in the pan.  Dot the cubed cream cheese all around on top of the bread. Layer on the strawberries.  Drizzle half of the Nutella over the bread.  Layer the other half of the bread over the top.  Whisk together the eggs, half & half, orange juice, syrup, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Pour this mixture over the top of the entire casserole, pushing the top layer of bread down.  Cover the pan and refrigerate overnight.  TIP:  If the top layer of bread isn't all the way in the liquid, put something weighted on top of the pan to smoosh the top layer down.

The next morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Bake about 45 minutes or until the center is cooked and set. Drizzle the remaining Nutella over the top and sprinkle on powdered sugar if desired.  Serve with additional syrup if desired.

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