French Toast Strata

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  1. Tim Bowley

    Tim Bowley Guest

    Stuffed French Toast Strata with Apple Cider Syrup

    This recipe originally came from internet, from B&B in Georgia. We have
    changed it around a little from the original.

    1 1 lb loaf unsliced French Bread
    1 8-ounce pkg. Cream cheese, cubed
    2 1/2 cups milk, light cream
    8 eggs
    6 tablespoons butter, melted
    1/4 cup maple syrup

    Apple Cider Syrup

    1/2 cup sugar
    4 teaspoons cornstarch
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1 cup apple cider or apple juice
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    2 tablespoons butter

    I would guess apple slices could be added. We have added things from time

    Slice French bread, about 1/2" thick, make sandwiches with the cream
    cheese (use as much or as little as you like) and place in a greased
    9x13x2 pan. Blend eggs, milk, butter and maple syrup until well combined.
    Pour mixture evenly over bread and cheese sandwiches. Use a spatula to
    slightly press layers down to moisten. Cover with plastic wrap and
    refrigerate overnight. When you take the toast out of the refrigerator the
    next AM have another equal sized baking dish ready with the following in
    the bottom: melted butter, brown sugar, pecans and maple syrup. Set the
    cold strata on top of this, then bake. When finished, serve the bottom
    side up. A real killer! If you do this method, oven can be preheated to
    350 degrees F. Bake at 325 degrees for 60-90 minutes or until center is
    set and edges is golden brown. Put in cold oven straight from
    refrigerator let stand 10 minutes before serving. In a small saucepan,
    stir together sugar cornstarch and cinnamon. Then stir in apple cider or
    juice and lemon juice. Cook and stir mixture over medium heat until
    mixture is thickened and bubbly. Then cook and stir for 2 minutes more.
    Remove from heat.

    Butter tastes best
    The apple cider tastes better than apple juice.

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