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Archive for February 25th, 2008

French Toast Strata

This one we tried on the weekend when Kim was visiting and is definitely a keeper that will be used regularly and for special holidays! Note to self half recipe unless you are feeding a crowd!

French Toast Strata

10 cups white bread cubes (loaf of french bread)
8 0z – cream cheese, softened
8 eggs
2 cups – milk
1/2 cup – maple syrup
1 tsp – vanilla
1/4 tsp – freshly ground nutmeg

spirited apricot sauce, recipe follows

Place bread cubes in greased 9×13 inch baking dish. Using medium speed of mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in eggs, two at at ime, beating well after each addition. Add milk, syrup, vanilla and nutmeg; beat just until blended. Pour mixture evently over bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Bake, uncovered at 350F for 55-620 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with spirited apricot sauce.

Spirited Apricot Sauce

2 cans apricot halves in light syrup
1/4 cup – golden raisins
2 tbsp – honey
2 tbsp – rum
1/2 tsp – cinnamon

Drain apricots, reserving syrup; set apricot halves aside. Pour syrup into a medium saucepan. Bring syrup to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until reduced to 2/3 cup. Add raisins, honey, rum and cinnamon; simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in apricots. Serve at room temperature.

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