Pineapple Overnight French Toast Casserole 

I love French Toast. I love easy recipes during the holiday season. This recipe is made the day ahead and baked in the morning. Just a few ingredients and your family will love this delicious recipe. Included is a recipe for pineapple syrup. 

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Ingredients for French Toast:
1 loaf (16 ounces) of crusty white bread, I used 2 day old sourdough, torn into pieces
Butter for greasing casserole dish
8 eggs
2 1/2 cups cream, I used heavy cream
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 8 ounce can of Dole Pineapple Tidbits
Powdered sugar for dusting on top


 Butter the inside of a 9 x 13  casserole dish.  Tear  1/2 loaf of bread up into pieces. Drain pineapple and reserve the juice for the syrup. Place pineapple tidbits on top of torn bread. Cover pineapple with the remaining loaf of bread, torn into pieces. 


Combine eggs, cream and vanilla and mix well. Pour this evenly over the casserole. Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator overnight. 
The next morning, take your casserole out of the refrigerator. Let it sit on the counter for 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 40 – 60 minutes until custard is set. Make your syrup the day ahead or while casserole is baking with juice that was reserved. 


Pineapple Syrup:

Reserved pineapple juice from tidbits

1 Tablespoon of butter, melted

3 Tablespoons of powdered sugar


Combine melted butter with reserved pineapple juice. Whisk in powdered sugar. Pour over casserole or set aside and use on individual servings. Enjoy!

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry French Toast

I love French Toast. I also love chocolate covered strawberries. What could be better than French Toast kicked up a notch?!  This is an easy recipe that is pretty quick to make and put on the table. Enjoy!

  
  
Ingredients:

1 egg

1 Tablespoon of milk or cream or half and half (I used milk)

1/2 teaspoon of good vanilla, (I used Mexican) 

Whipped Cream Cheese

3 strawberries sliced thin, or more to cover the inside of your bread

Chocolate chips, I used mini semi sweet to cover the inside of my bread

2 slices of bread for 1 chocolate covered strawberry French Toast

Strawberries for garnish, optional

Powdered sugar for garnish, optional 

   
Heat your skillet or griddle on medium heat while you are preparing your French Toast. In s bowl, whisk egg, milk and vanilla together and set aside. Slice strawberries thin and lengthwise (long). Cover the inside of your bread with the whipped cream cheese from end to end, side to side.  Place sliced strawberries on one side and lightly press down with your hand to adhere the strawberries to the cream cheese. On the other side of the bread, sprinkle the mini chocolate chips, again pressing lightly to make them stick to the cream cheese. Place the two side together and dip your French Toast into the egg mixture and carefully place on griddle or in your pan. Cook on medium, low and slow turning over when the bread is golden brown. When done, the cream cheese will be gooey, the chocolate will have melted all over the strawberries. What else can I say?  Delicious!  Garnish with powdered sugar and strawberries if desired. Perfect for a special occasion or brunch.