Did you have Easter brunch? If not, I feel bad for you. I really feel bad when I think about all the delicious, moist, fluffy French Toast Souffle I had after Easter church. It was SO good that I haven't stopped thinking of another reason to make one. Unfortunately, I do not have 4+ people to cook for everyday in Austin, but that is also a blessing! ha Since I'm going back to NOLA for lil bro's college graduation in a couple weeks, maybe I'll make it again! No. Definitely making this again. Yay! :)
I adapted this recipe from one I found on AllRecipes.com. My mom always makes a delicious French Toast for special occasions, and her secret is the Pepperidge Farm cinnamon bread.
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French Toast Souffle
Adapted from Betty on AllRecipes.com
6-10 servings, depending on how hungry you are
- 1 1/2 loaves Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Swirl bread (NO RAISINS)
- 8oz low-fat cream cheese, softened
- 8 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk (I used 2%)
- 2/3 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp baking powder ** UPDATE** forgot to add this before, but this helps make it rise more!
- 2 TBSP confectioners sugar
Spray 13x9 pan with cooking spray. Cut bread into cubes. I just took a few slices at a time and sliced into strips and then cubes. Toss cubes in pan.
In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Stir in milk, half and half, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg until mixture is smooth. Make sure you pulse enough to get the spices mixed well.
Pour cream cheese mixture over bread. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in fridge overnight
The next morning, remove from fridge and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes while the oven preheats at 375. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake 35-45 more minute, until a knife/toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm with butter and a little syrup.