Saturday, December 26, 2015

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Souffle For Christmas Morning

For Christmas breakfast, we had this French Toast Souffle and since it can be made the day before, it was the perfect meal for the occasion.  We got the recipe from a friend who has served it twice at our wine club and we both really enjoyed it (Bev raved about it) – this was her first time to make it.  I found the recipe on line but it did not specify a type of bread so I will credit Susan with the recipe.

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Souffle (make the night before) – Susan Hussey

2 loaves Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Swirl Bread, chopped with crusts removed.  Enough to fill a 9 X 13 greased dish.
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
6 oz. butter, softened
3/4 cup maple syrup, divided
10 eggs
3 cups half and half
Cinnamon Sugar

1. Placed chopped cinnamon raisen bread in a well buttered 9 X 13 dish. 
2. Mix cream cheese, butter and 1/4 cup maple syrup until smooth and spread on top of bread, leaving some openings through which to pour egg mixture. 
3. Beat eggs, half and half and 1/2 cup maple syrup, pour over bread and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. 
4. Cover and refrigerate overnight. 
5. Bring to room temperature (about an hour of sitting out uncovered)
6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 - 55 minutes (cover with foil if it gets too browned). 
7. Cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Serves 8 to 12.

Note - Bev made the recipe in two dishes so the shot below is a half recipe.

We topped with a little maple syrup and served it with Swaggerty’s breakfast sausage patties and Usinger's Smoked Breakfast Sausage.  It was a delicious way to start our day and if you like French toast, I’m confident you will really like this dish.

It has been really different from a weather standpoint and while I've spent some rainy Christmas days, this was the first one with temp of 70 - supposed to be 76 Saturday.

Final knee update:  I continue to be beyond well pleased with how this process has gone.  Thanks to good therapy, my knee is totally straight in one direction and I've reached the magic number of 125 degree bend.  Now it's just a matter of continuing to improve muscle strength and maintain the flexibility.  Last week I was walking limp-free without support and I began driving so Bev doesn't have to haul me around anymore.  I see the doctor on Jan 5 and will see if the left knee can be scheduled for late February.

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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


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  1. So glad you knee surgery was a success and you're progressing well. Looks like a great breakfast for Christmas morning.

  2. Wonderful that the knee is recovering so quickly.
    I hope you had a dozen people there to share that amazing french toast?
    Sounds wonderful.

  3. Love the souffle! It has all of the flavors that I love. Happy to hear that you are moving around so well. It is hard work to recover from knee replacement surgery and it sounds as though you are rolling on through it!

  4. Larry... Love that cinnamon raisin French Toast souffle! We had it once at Susan's house and it's terrific! Glad to hear that your knee has continued to make solid progress. Only one to go... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  5. omg.... first of all that cinnamon bread is one of my favorites and then add cream cheese and eggs. Thanks so much for sharing this one Larry, I'll be trying it very soon. Hope the knee is well on the mend. Happy New Year to you and Bev.

  6. Glad to hear that you are doing so well with your new knee. My husband says he is jealous…he gets bran flakes and dried blue berries for breakfast and you get french toast with maple syrup and two kinds of sausages. "Not fair". :D

  7. Wow! Does that ever look rich and delicious. I just posted an overnight blueberry French toast recipe. This one looks like my next attempt. Keep up the good progress with your knee! Happy New Year!

  8. Oh boy... my kids would LOVE this. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas Larry. I am so glad to hear your knee is doing so well!


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