Christmas

Stuffed French Toast Casserole With Strawberry Sauce

November 27, 2018
Photo by Rocky Luten
Author Notes

I’m not entirely sure when my mom first made the "French Toast with Grand Marnier Fruit Sauce" from Southern Living’s 1992 Annual Recipes* cookbook (from which this recipe is loosely adapted). It caught her eye because it was a crowd-pleasing holiday recipe she could make ahead—perfect for our relative-packed home. Meg and I loved it for the sweet strawberry sauce we would lick off our plates. Every year, after opening our presents, we’d rush into the kitchen to help stir (and sample) the sauce before setting the table. Christmas morning without it seemed unimaginable. —Katie Macdonald

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Cook time 35 minutes
  • Serves 12
Ingredients
  • French toast casserole
  • 12 (1 1/2 inch–thick) slices French bread
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Frozen strawberry sauce, recipe follows
  • Frozen strawberry sauce
  • 1 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1/3 cup Grand Marnier
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries (frozen)
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. French toast casserole
  2. Make a horizontal pocket in each bread slice; set aside.
  3. Combine cream cheese with sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon, stirring well. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons mixture into each bread slice, spreading evenly.
  4. Place 8 slices in a buttered 12x8x2-inch baking dish and 4 slices in a buttered 8-inch square baking dish.
  5. Combine eggs, half-and-half, and milk; beat well. Pour over bread, turning slices to coat evenly. Bake at 350°F for 35 minutes or until golden. Serve immediately with strawberry sauce.
  6. To make ahead: Prepare, but do not bake. Refrigerate, covered, up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, then bake.
  1. Frozen strawberry sauce
  2. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan; add butter, stirring until smooth. Add Grand Marnier, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add strawberries; cook 1 minute. Yield: 3 cups

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