Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Strawberries and Cream French Toast Bake

Renee's Kitchen Adventures:  Strawberries and Cream French Toast Bake.  The perfect breakfast casserole.  #breakfast #strawberries

A perfect dish for Mother's Day...which is this Sunday...so easy the kids could make this with a little help from Dad....


Perfect because strawberries are in season AND a serving will only cost you 5 points+! 


I would be so happy if someone in my family made me something like this for breakfast on Sunday! :)))

Be sure to use day old french or Italian bread for this casserole....it will really soak up the egg mixture and leave you with a nice crunchy exterior and a soft and custardy inside.  It is best to put it all together and let it sit in the fridge overnight...but if you don't have enough time to do that, at least an hour will work too!  Just make sure the egg has almost all absorbed into the bread cubes.  I used strawberries, because they are in season, reasonably priced, and plentiful right now...but this recipe would be great with blueberries or peaches too!

So print off a copy of the recipe and leave it in a conspicuous place for your family to find....maybe they will get the hint!


Strawberries and Cream French Toast Bake
from the kitchen of MKA

Servings - 6   Serving Size - 1/6 of casserole   Points Plus per serving - 5 points+
Calories - 197,   Total Fat - 7.9,   Carb. - 23.1,   Protein - 8.7g,   Fiber - 1.2g

1 cup skim milk
1/4 cup fat free half and half
3 large eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 TBS. honey
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1/2 loaf day old French baguette, cubed ( approx. 4 cups)
4 oz. 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese, cubed
1 cup diced fresh strawberries
2 TBS. strawberry all fruit spread ( such as Smucker's simply fruit) 
powdered sugar for dusting ( if desired) 

1. Combine milk, half and half, eggs, vanilla honey, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.  Whip well with whisk to incorporate all the ingredients.  

2.  Gently combine the diced strawberries with the fruit spread in a small bowl.  

3.  Add the bread cubes to the egg mixture and stir to coat.  Gently fold in the cream cheese cubes and the strawberry mixture.  Pour into 8" x 8" glass baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray.  Cover with foil and allow to sit in fridge for at least one hour or overnight.  

4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Bake casserole with foil cover on for 25 minutes.  Remove foil cover and continue to bake for an additional 20 - 25 minutes or until set and golden brown.  Garnish with extra fresh sliced strawberries and a dusting of powdered sugar, if desired.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then cut into 6 servings. 

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Again, I apologize for being MIA this week.  I have so much going on in my life right now....blogging has been put on the back burner for awhile.  I hope to get back to regular posting and reading soon!  

We have made plans to go out to eat for Mother's Day this year.  This way, both my husbands family and my family can enjoy the day together.  I think, though, I could fit this french toast casserole into my day somewhere!  lol  It is really delicious.  I am anxious to try it with other fruits as well.  How about you?  Do you have any plans for Mother's Day?  

Some other recipes that would be perfect to make for Mom this Sunday are....

19 comments:

  1. Looks delicious, Renee! Hop you have a great Mother's day.

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  2. That looks fantastic!!!! I printed it and stuck in on my husband's laptop!! Have a great Mother's Day!!!

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  3. Hehe- hint hint ;) Looks amazing! I would be all about this with BOTH strawberries and peaches. Deliciousness

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  4. You are really helping me on my journey with WW especially with yummy recipes like this. I hope we're going out but I don't know yet. By the way I wanted to tell you how pretty your profile photo is too but keep forgetting. Happy mother's Day.

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  5. That looks delicious! I love strawberry breakfasts!!

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  6. awe...Donnie, thank you!!!! you really made my day!!

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  7. Oh Renee, this looks like a WINNER!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing! Enjoy your mother's day on Sunday!

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  8. I have got this printed and will try it with some Italian bread that I will bake on Saturday, me being the Bread Fairy. I have shared your blog with many of my friends doing WW and serval of your recipes. I just lost 12 pound during lent and hope to keep going using your recipes. So I am passing on to you the Versatile Blogger Award. Please go check out my blog and read my confessions.Love your blog!!!

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  9. I'm loving this! I hope to try this soon. I hope someone in your family reads your blog so they know what you want for mother's day. If not, I guess you could follow your own advice and leave the recipe laying around! lol

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  11. @ Denise....thank you so much for the award and thank you for passing along my blog to your ww friends! Congrats on the loss!

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  12. Renee - that looks delicious! I haven't had something sweet like that for breakfast in a long time - definitely insulin worthy!

    Hope you have a great Friday!

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  13. Hi, I saw this linked over at Full Plate Thursday. This looks and sounds amazing! I am also eyeing your carrot cake with maple frosting. YUM! I am your newest follower :)

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  14. This looks like the perfect Mother's Day dish! I may request this!!! :)

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  15. Since my husband doesn't cook, and the kids are grown, I think I'll make this for myself! Yum!

    Kristi

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  16. I just forwarded this on to a friend who is hosting mothers day brunch tomorrow. This is a perfect way to feed the masses without too much kitchen time when they are there!! I don't want to delete posts but this is kind of a scratch my back Ill scratch yours sort of thing..

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  17. Hi Renee,
    It is always so good to see you. I would just be so happy if someone brought this in for me on Mothers Day. It looks so delicious and healthy. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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  18. I've missed you! Happy belated Mother's dDay! This recipe looks incredible! You came back to us with a winner :)

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  19. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day! I would love this for breakfast...I adore French toast with berries~

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