Another recipe

I figured I would share this recipe with my readers… I have had several requests for it since I posted a photo on Christmas!

French Toast Casserole (enough for 8 servings!)

You need:
1 loaf of french bread (not sliced) (I get it at Kroger for $1.25 it’s the skinny crusty one!)
8 oz cream cheese, cut into small cubes (1 pkg)
8 eggs (GEESH!)
2 1/2 cups milk
6 Tbsp Butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 recipe apple cider syrup (below)
1/2 cup sugar
4 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 cup apple cider OR apple juice (I always use apple juice)
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp butter OR margarine

TO make casserole:
Butter or spray 9×13 pan and preheat oven to 350º.
Cut bread into cubes. I sit mine out over night uncovered and it get super crusty.
Put 1/2 cubes in the greased pan. Top with cream cheese cubes and then top with the remaining bread cubes.
Beat together eggs, milk, melted butter, and maple syrup. Pour evenly over bread and use the spatula to press down the bread cubes. Cover with plastic wrap (I always do overnight) but you can do 2-24 hours.

Bake at 350º for 35-45 mins until the center is set and the edges are brown. Let stand 10 mins before serving and drizzle the syrup over it once it is on your plate =)

TO make syrup:
stir together sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Stir in cider and lemon juice in a small saucepan on low to medium low heat.
Cook until thick, whisking very frequently so it doesn’t burn or stick.
Remove from heat and stir in butter.
**If you lose track and it gets too thick, thin it out with 1/4 cup or less of HOT water. It will work fine (I do this almost every time!)

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