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!

Red, White Chocolate and Blueberry Cheesecake 

It’s time to celebrate Red, White and Blue and our Nation’s holiday, Independence Day. My bloggers friends and I showcasing some brand new, yummy treats that would be perfect for all Patriotic gatherings. Happy Fourth of July!

Crust:

2 cups graham cracker crumbs, I used Keebler

2 Tablespoons of sugar

1 stick of butter, melted

Combine graham cracker crumbs and sugar. Add melted butter and place into a springform pan. Form crust on the bottom and halfway up the sides of the pan. Place in freezer.
Cheesecake:

3  8 ounce packages of cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup of sugar

3 eggs, room temperature

2 Tablespoons of cornstarch

2 Tablespoons of vanilla

3/4 cup sour cream

*1 12 ounce package of white chocolate chips
Microwave white chocolate morsels in a microwave safe bowl, according to package directions. Cool 10 minutes.  *This is optional, you can make a delicious cheesecake without the white chocolate.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine cream cheese and sugar and beat until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and mix well. Add cornstarch and combine. Add vanilla, sour cream and cooled white chocolate and blend well. Place in springform pan and bake 1 hour and 15 minutes until center is about set.  Cool for 15 minutes and remove ring from springform pan.  Cool completely and place in refrigerator.
Garnishes for flag decor:

Blueberries

Strawberries, sliced in half

Heavy Whipping Cream, 8 ounces

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla
Prepare whipping cream by placing mixing bowl in refrigerator for a minimum of 20 minutes.   At a high speed, combine heavy whipping cream, vanilla and powdered sugar to form stiff peaks.  Place thick layer of whip cream on top of cheesecake. This will act as the “glue” to adhere your fruit on the cheesecake. Place blueberries in the upper left corner in a triangle shape. Add sliced strawberries straight across the cheesecake to form stripes. Use remaining whip cream to pipe stars between the strawberries. Refrigerate. God bless America!  Enjoy!

Please remember to visit the links below to get all of fabulous Ref, White and Blue Recipes. 

Easy Butter Cake With Berries http://mooreorlesscooking.com/2015/06/29/easy-butter-cake-with-berries/
Patriotic Pie http://cookingfomasahm.blogspot.com/2015/06/patriotic-pie.html
Star Spangled Cannoli http://crumbsinmymustachio.wordpress.com/2015/06/Star-Spangled-Cannoli/
Patriotic Fruit Pops  http://www.therowdybaker.com/?p=3787