Vanilla-Caramel & Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

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French toast has never been this delicious.

When I was a kid, my mom used to fix french toast casserole around Christmas time.  It's one of my favorite memories.  If you're like me, I love a sweet treat from time to time.  If it's a sweet breakfast, all the better!
We've all heard of french toast casserole, and while it's delicious, I decided it was time to put a new spin on an old favorite.  Now if only I can think of a fantastic, catchy name for this recipe.  I think I'd be sold!  But until I can come up with a better title, here's my first food video from our series, Dash.  I realize that this is a parenting blog, but honestly we need recipes as parents.

French Toast


Favorites like pot roast and chicken noodle soup all started with families in mind.  I mean, if you're like our family, chicken noodle soup is definitely one of our top pics when we're sick.
That's where the idea for our Dash series came.  If you haven't read it, click here.  It's a great read, and we hope you enjoy our new series.

I had a hard time deciding what my first recipe should be.  And I knew this was a series I had to venture into since I love to cook.  It had to be fast, easy and, of course, delicious.  If it's something I can't fix in a pinch to feed my family, I'm probably not going to be sharing it with you.  Why?  Well, if I'm not going to do it, why should you?

So I couldn't pick just any recipe.  I did my research, and here's the recipe that inspired me to make my french toast casserole.  It had to be something special, meaningful and delicious.  After looking in my pantry and my fridge, low and behold, I had all the ingredients to this tasty deliciousness!  French toast casserole is super easy and super fun for the kids.

But I had to figure out how to add a sweet twist to this dish.  The recipe called for milk and brown sugar.  But what if I omitted both and added a flavorful coffee creamer?  Coffee creamer is usually thicker and very sweet with cream and different sugars.  I searched my fridge, and low and behold, there was my husband's vanilla-caramel coffee creamer.  I jumped on the opportunity, and my head began swimming with ideas for this video.


After hours of working on this video, I am so pleased with how it turned out.  Is it as great as most of the professional videos out there?  Probably not.  But I think it shows the recipe extremely well.  And if you're interested, just below the video is the actual recipe.  I hope you enjoy!


Vanilla-Caramel & Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole

Ingredients
  • 1 loaf of French Bread*
  • 1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 2 cups Vanilla-Caramel Coffee Creamer
  • 2 Tbsp. Cinnamon
  • Pancake syrup and powdered sugar to garnish (optional)
*Found this at my local deli and bakery.
 
Directions:
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Cut bread into cubes about an inch long and wide.
Mix 1 dozen eggs with coffee creamer and cinnamon.  Set aside.
Place bread cubes into 9 x 13 baking pan or casserole dish.  Coat with egg mixture evenly with a spatula or lightly folding with a spoon.
Add cream cheese and coat with mixture and bread until all the egg mixture is soaked up by the bread.
Bake in the oven for 45 minutes until golden brown.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.  Dust powdered sugar on top for lovely presentation and drizzle with syrup to add sweetness.  Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed our tasty recipe and video!

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