My daughter had her friends over the other night for their annual Christmas sleepover. They have done this the past five years. It has changed some in size but the one thing they always have is laughter. We loved listening to them laugh and giggle. A friend recently wrote about how that last time you went outside to play with your friends don’t you wish you knew it was the last time? What would you remember? What would you do differently? We already told the girls they are expected to come back from college next year (even if we have to go and get them) and spend the night here.
For breakfast I made an overnight casserole so that we could pop it in the oven before waking them up. With our children still on Christmas Break until January 8th I am going to be making this again soon.
I am usually not a fan of French Toast casseroles but I have to say this was my favorite I have ever made. The sweetened cream cheese made the whole casserole soft and creamy. We served it topped with warmed butter and syrup and it was delicious!
Serve this with a side of fruit salad or meat if you wish.
Tip: This is best made with slightly stale bread. If you have a fresh loaf of French or Italian bread (homemade or from a bakery) cut into cubes and let sit in the pan for 1-2 hours before making the cream cheese mixture to allow the bread to harden just a bit.
- 10 cups bread cubes, cut into about 1-inch cubes
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 8 large eggs
- 2 1/3 cups half and half
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla