Friday, April 4, 2008

Overnight French Toast Bake with Berry Topping

French Toast Bake
12 cups cubed (1 inch) soft French bread (about 13oz)
8 eggs
3 cups half and half
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla

Berry Topping
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup orange juice
1 bag (12oz) frozen unsweetened mixed berries
3 cups fresh strawberries, cut into quarters

1. Spray bottom and sides of 13x9 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Place bread cubes in baking dish. In large bowl, beat eggs, half and half, 1/4 cup sugar, the cinnamon, salt, and vanilla with wire whisk until smooth; pour over bread cubes. Cover tightly; refrigerate at least 4 hours but no longer than 24 hours.

2. Heat oven to 400F. Uncover dish; bake 25 to 35 minutes or until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean

3. Meanwhile, in 2 quart saucepan, stir together 1 cup sugar and the cornstarch. Stir in orange juice until smooth. Stir in mixed berries. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook about 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until topping is slightly thickened. Remove from heat.

4. Just before serving, stir strawberries into topping. Serve warm over French toast bake.

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