Strawberries and Cream Overnight French Toast Casserole

My sweet family invited me to an Easter brunch. My daughter in love Danielle asked if I would bring Strawberries and Cream French Toast Casserole. I agreed. This is similar to my Peaches and Cream French Toast Casserole on my blog, but this one is made a little different.

Ingredients:

1 loaf Brioche bread, day old or 2 even better, sliced and cubed

4 ounces of cream cheese, cut into cubes

8 eggs

2 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 quarts of fresh strawberries, sliced

Powdered sugar for dusting on top of casserole

Maple syrup if desired

Spray a 13 x 9 inch pan with nonstick spray. Place cubed brioche bread in the bottom of the casserole pan. Add cream cheese cubes between bread cubes. In a blender or mixer, blend eggs, heavy cream and vanilla. Pour custard mixture over bread and cream cheese in casserole dish. Cover tightly with foil and place in fridge overnight.

In the morning, take out casserole dish. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice strawberries and cover the top of the casserole. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until custard is set. Garnish with powdered sugar and pour on the maple syrup if desired. Enjoy!

Sausage Breakfast Casserole

This is one of those great recipes that you make ahead of time and bake later. This recipe is great for breakfast or for dinner paired with a salad. You can substitute ham in place of the sausage if you wish.

1 pound ground pork sausage
1 teaspoon ground mustard (the dry spice)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs beaten
2 cups milk (any kind but skim)
6 slices of stale or day old white bread cut into pieces
8 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese

Crumble and cook sausage until brown and drain.

In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, pepper, salt, and mustard. Add sausage, bread cubes and cheese. Stir well to combine. Cover and place in fridge for 8 hours (minimum) or best yet, overnight.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes or until done. Enjoy!

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