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Strawberry French Toast Bake

I was ecstatic when the owners of the Morley House in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, graciously shared this fabulous recipe with me. It's so good! —Debbie Dougherty, New Albany, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 35 min. + standing
  • Makes
    8 servings (2-1/2 cups sauce)


  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 16 slices bread, crusts removed
  • 10 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 jar (18 ounces) strawberry preserves
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries


  • Spread cream cheese over eight slices of bread; top with remaining bread. Cut sandwiches into 1-in. squares; place in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, cream, butter and syrup; pour into the dish. With a spoon, gently press bread cubes into egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean and top is golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  • For sauce, in a small saucepan, combine preserves and strawberries. Cook and stir until preserves are melted. Serve with French toast bake.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 697 calories, 34g fat (19g saturated fat), 348mg cholesterol, 662mg sodium, 82g carbohydrate (50g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein.

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