Sunday, January 2, 2011

French Toast Souffle

The Knapp Family is a big family and a Christmas gathering is an exciting time for everyone.  The focus is on family, food and fun.  The table is filled with traditional family favorites and the eating festival begins Christmas Eve and continues well into the next evening.

On Christmas morning, my sister-in-law hosted a fabulous breakfast for family and friends.  One of the main dishes that she prepared was a wonderful french toast casserole.  The casserole is a blend of eggs, cream cheese, vanilla, and maple syrup which makes for a delightfully rich breakfast treat. 


French Toast Souffle
Serves a crowd
Recipe prepared by MaryJane Whitten

Ingredients:
1 bakery loaf of butter crusty bread-10 cups cut into 1-inch cubes
8 (ounces) low-fat cream cheese, softened
8 large eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
2/3 cup half and half cream
1-1/4 cups maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Directions:
1.  Place bread cubes in a lightly greased 9x13 baking pan.

2.  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Stir in milk, half and half, 1/2 cup of the maple syrup, and vanilla until mixture is smooth.  Pour cream cream cheese mixture over the bread; cover, and refrigerate overnight.

3.  Remove souffle from refrigerator, and let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

4.  Bake uncovered, for 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.  Pour remaining 3/4 cup maple syrup over souffle, and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Serve warm.

Enjoy!




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80 comments:

My Little Space said...

Velva, this sounds & looks fantastic! I'm sure everyone enjoyed it very much. And thank you for sharing. Hope you're having a fabulous day.
Blessings, Kristy

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

I usually do an egg and sausage casserole for Christmas morning. After several years of having it, including this year, I realized I want something different next year. And here it is!!! Thanks so much. I really look forward to giving this a try--I won't be able to wait until next Christmas!
Best,
Susan

Heather said...

Wow, that looks completely & insanely fantastic!!

chrischaos said...

ohhhh mmmmmmmmmmmm <3

Katerina said...

Perfect breakfast. Totally decadent.

Lyndsey said...

Mmmm...I always wanted to do a baked French toast. This looks good, the recipe I've been waiting for.

TKW said...

Sounds like a festive way to begin the morning! Happy New Year, Velva!

Diana's Cocina said...

Wishing i was at your house this morning ~ Lovely dish ~ Wishing you the best in 2011!

A Year on the Grill said...

souffle scared me a little (and I was very interested to see how you were going to get a souffle look). I would call this an incredible breakfast bread pudding myself. In fact, that's what i will next time we have company and a presentation dish needs to be done

Always love your blog, it was a terrific year,a nd looking forward to visiting as often as you post in 2011!!!

Dave

Betty Ray said...

Wow, that looks and sounds incredibly good. Happy New Year!

Marc van der Wouw said...

Looks so good....getting hungry...

Susan said...

What a wonderfully rich and sweet way to celebrate Christmas morning! What a wonderful place to find ! Love the image on your blog banner ... so pretty! Thanks for visiting The Spice Garden! Come back again, as I will be doing with Tomatoes on the Vine ... Happy New Year!

scrambledhenfruit said...

I've had breakfast already, but I find myself wanting some of this! It looks fabulous! :)

Joanne said...

Mmm this sounds downright luscious! A serious crowd-pleaser.

Claudia said...

Oh so good - it's a breakfast celebration that begs for a family to be gathered together. Oh! And it is scrumptious!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

....what a beautiful sight...looks so delicious

happy new year, my friend

kary

Chef E said...

You know I am a number one fan...and this sounds great!

We had something similar at a B&B in Utah years ago, the hubby did the cooking, and it was yummy! You know I have my 'hubby eats cereal only' dilemma, so if I make this, it will have to be out of town one day fix!

The Food Hound said...

The overnight casserole is a holiday must :) I've never had a bad one, and this one looks fabulous!

Dishesdone said...

Love French Toast casseroles, this one looks so good, I need to have some!

Happy New Year!

Jenn from Much to My Delight said...

Ooooh, baby baby! That must smell like heaven!

Design Wine and Dine said...

Lovely! Perfect for a holiday or company! What's next??? Valentines Day! How about a loving breakfast for the family! Great recipe!

Faith said...

What a festive and delicious souffle this is, Velva! I'm wishing you a very happy New Year!

Lea Ann said...

OMG, looks fantastic Velva. I can't imagine how good this tasted.

Renee Fontes said...

This dish reminded me of one I made last year, only mine was a disaster. I tried to make it for a crowd in a huge deep pan and it wouldn't set up! So I learned my lesson and next time I'll make several smaller sized. I'll use your family recipe!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Fantastic! Almost like a cross between French Toast and a strata. Hope it's a delicious New Year!

Sanchita said...

Wow! That sounds fantastic! I am sure it tasted divine. Wishing you a very happy new year!

teresa said...

oh my goodness, this sounds amazing!

Kim said...

Breakfast food is my all-time favorite and this looks fabulous! Lucky you to be surrounded by such great cooks.

P.S. Those peanut butter and jelly bars are dangerous, aren't they? My friends and I just about wiped out the pan in one sitting. Definitely a keeper recipe.

Intuitive Eggplant said...

Oh, my, this looks yummy! It would have been a great addition to my virtual New Year's brunch yesterday. Meanwhile, wanted to stop by and thank you for all your kindnesses. I'm boosting my donation to the Freestore Foodbank by an extra $20 in thanks for your letting me borrow your champagne pomegranate punch for the New Year's blogapalooza donation-a-thon.

Wishing you all the best in 2011! I know you will continue to inspire me!

SuziCate said...

Yummy. I tucked this recipe away for the next time I have to feed a crowd for breakfast. I made some french toast with homemade raisin bread this Christmas! I also tried homemade sticky buns!

That Girl said...

That is one beautiful breakfast.

krissy @ thefoodaddicts.com said...

so jealous you have a big family!! it must be so nice having everyone there during the holidays. your french toast souffle must've been a huge hit. it looks fantastic!

Kitchen Boffin said...

looks delicious.. wow!

Sommer J said...

We love french toast 'round these parts! this would surely be a hit in our household!

5 Star Foodie said...

What an amazing dish for a brunch! I love the addition of maple syrup, yum!

smalltownoven said...

This sounds amazing. I'm in love.

Michael Toa said...

This sounds absolutely delicious. Eggs, cream cheese, maple syrup, vanilla, yum...
What a great treat for brunch. I'll have to try it this weekend. Happy New Year to you... :)

theycallmejane said...

Oh no! Just when I'm giving up souffles and you post this? I started salivating just at the title of your post. Looks like one resolution is going down in a hurry. Thanks for corrupting me! Truly. This looks too yummy to pass up!

Simply Life said...

oh. my. gosh. I want to eat this for breakfast lunch and dinner.

Prerna@IndianSimmer said...

Oh wow, that looks amazing! Never knew that you can make a stunning souffle out of a boring loaf of bread :-)

Coffee Break Mama said...

Oh my stars...this looks like heaven in a pan!

♥peachkins♥ said...

WOW!this looks awesome!

3 hungry tummies said...

I saw this being made on a tv show and this looks even better with your wonderful photo. Happy new year Velva!

Barbara said...

OMG. That is one divine brunch dish, Velva. I love that the maple syrup is already in there. (Not that I wouldn't add more!)

Happy New Year to you!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Yum, decadent!

Gulmohar said...

Oh my !!! can't stop drooling ;-) Happy New year, Velva !!

A Canadian Foodie said...

What a gorgeous dish!!! Aren't you lucky to have other cooks in your family! That is so much fun! My daughter would love this recipe.... she is always going to this or that potluck brunch!
:)
Happy, Happy!!!
Valeire

We Are Not Martha said...

Wow! This is like french toast on steroids :) And I love it!!

Sues

FOODESSA said...

I make French toast all the time...and yet, would probably never have thought to concoct a casserole with it. This recipe is perfect for a small hungry crowd ;o)

Velva, here's wishing you the very best in the New Year.
Flavourful wishes,
Claudia

Carolyn said...

Oh, this french toast souffle looks amazing. Wonderful stuff, a perfect Christmas breakfast.

Catherine said...

Oh Lordy, Velva!
This souffle looks mouthwatering delicious!
Great way to kick of the new year!
Blessings to you dear,
xx~

Lynda said...

Oh my, this looks fantastic-I imagine it has a wonderful aroma while baking!

Chris said...

The cream cheese just puts this one over the edge. I can just imagine how rich that first succulent bottom would taste.

Denise said...

Velva...

This looks SO good! Thanks for sharing. I'm bookmarking now & hope to make it for my Mops (mothers of preschoolers) group this spring. YUM!!

Denise @ Creative Kitchen

thefattyreader said...

Looks DELICIOUS! What a great holiday breakfast to share with family :)

Anonymous said...

I have this in the oven now, and it smells delicious! I halved the recipe though as there is only 3 of us. Will post again after we eat.

sandy's crafty bits said...

hm ... that sound just yummy ... got the grandchildren coming over soon may have to try it out on them ... thank you for the idea happy pinning and love sandy xx

Anonymous said...

This is so good! I have been making this recipe for a few years! Just make sure to use Pure Maple Syrup! Aunt Jemima doesn't cut it! It's worth the extra cost! Mmmmm!!!

Lindsay said...

What is bakery butter bread? I want to make this but not sure what that is :) THANKS!

Keri said...

Would there be a way to make this without cream cheese?

Heather C said...

Found this on Pinterest and just put it in the fridge for breakfast tomorrow. Cant wait to eat it! It looks divine! I added about 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the mixture as well, as I really love cinnamon :)

. said...

tried this today and it was sort of eh... sorry, but it was a bit bland.

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Ashley said...

I too need to know what bakery butter bread is. Please help me. Thanks! Can't wait to make.

marny said...

If you're looking for bakery butter bread, try brioche.

marny said...

BTW, I made this for a bridal shower and it was a huge hit. No leftovers and everyone was raving about it. It was delicious.

Anonymous said...

Made this tonight for dinner. The flavor was really good but the top was a little like a crouton and the bottom a little soggy. What bread do you recommend!

Anonymous said...

For supper this evening, I made a half batch for my husband and I and there is plenty leftover for breakfast tomorrow morning. I sprinkled a brown sugar and cinnamon mixture on top before baking. Excellent!

Anonymous said...

Any one try this in a crockpot?

Rachel Beer said...

I also sprinkled cinnamon on top before cooking. It's delicious!

Anonymous said...

What is butter crusty bread? I can't wait to try this.

Anonymous said...

can you use french bread?

Anonymous said...

And why is this called a souffle???
Souffles separate the egg yolks from the whites and beat them separately. This is a casserole. Not a souffle.

Anonymous said...

Wondering if anyone has done this as a freezer meal?

mommy2boys said...

Just made for family Christmas brunch and the family went crazy. everyone loved it! Thank you for the recipe!!

Anonymous said...

I made this for breakfast this morning! It was so wonderful. The only thing that I did differntly was to use a loaf of Peppridge Farm Pumpkin Spice Bread. It was so delicious. Thanks for the keeper! I even posted a picture on Pinterest with the link to your recipe.

Anonymous said...

My step sister makes this for Christmas Morning Breakfast every year....I asked her for the recipe many years ago and she refused to give it me because "it is a secret family recipe and I promised my aunt I would never let it outside the family"...lol.....guess what I am making for breakfast on Christmas morning? (insert evil laugh here)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this recipe. I will certainly make it. Cheers and Merry Christmas to you. Australia

Kathryn Gehrett said...

Can you prepare it Friday evending to have Sunday morning?

Breenah A said...

I used bolillo rolls and replaced half of the milk with vanilla almond milk (my husband goes through regular milk like crazy) and it smells so good!

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