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Strawberries and Cream French Toast

Strawberries and Cream French Toast

June 2016 has brought a plethora of strawberries to our backyard garden, at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast!  To take advantage of these delicious morsels our signature dish this month is Strawberries and Cream French Toast. The dish is prepared the night before so, making breakfast is easy, just cook and serve.   We serve this dish with warm strawberry syrup, because we have plenty of strawberries to make the syrup, but it would be equally delicious with pure maple syrup.  If you need a delicious menu item to serve your dad on Father’s Day this just might be it.  And if you don’r have a garden with fresh strawberries in your backyard head down to the Lynchburg Community Market, on Wednesday or Saturday morning, to pick up from a local farmer.   Of course if you don’t have access to fresh strawberries, store bought ones also work.   Enjoy!

For the French Toast:

  • 18-20 slices of bread, cubed
  • 8 oz cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup cream

Grease a 9×13 baking dish.  Arrange half of the bread cubes in the greased baking dish.  Sprinkle the cream cheese cubes and strawberry slices evenly over the bread cubes.  Top with remaining bread cubes.  Beat eggs until light and fluffy.  Add maple syrup, milk and cream to eggs, mix well.  Pour egg mixture over bread cubes.  Press lightly to allow egg mixture to be absorbed by the bread cubes.  Cover dish with foil and place in refrigerator at least 8 hours or overnight.  Remove dish from refrigerator about 30 minutes prior to baking.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake, covered with foil, for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and bake an additional 30 minutes or until fluffy and golden.  Allow to sit about 10 minutes before serving.  Top with Strawberry Syrup.

**helpful hint: put the cream cheese in the freezer for about 20 minutes before you cube it.  It will slice a bit easier and more uniformly.

Strawberries and Cream French Toast

Strawberries and Cream French Toast from the oven

Strawberry Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Cook the sugar, water and cornstarch until thickened.  Stir in strawberries and simmer 10 minutes.  Add butter and stir until melted.  Serve warm over French Toast.

**helpful hint: before combining first 3 ingredients mix cornstarch with about 1-2 Tablespoons of the water and mix until well blended.  Add this slurry mixture to sugar and water solution for thickening.