Peaches and Cream Baked French Toast
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Chill Time: 8 hours
Bake Time: 45 — 55 minutes
Start to Finish: 9 hours 15 minutes
Times are approximate
1 loaf French bread cut into one inch cubes
3 fresh peaches skinned and diced into 1-inch pieces OR 1 lb. of peaches OR 2 1/2 cups chopped peaches
1 8- ounce package cream cheese cut into 16 cubes
2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick cold butter (8 tablespoons)
measuring cups and spoons
Spray an 9 X 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Place half of the bread cubes into the prepared baking dish and evenly distribute half of the peach pieces and half of the cream cheese cubes. Place the remaining bread cubes on top along with the remaining peaches and cream cheese.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla and the 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Evenly pour mixture over the bread and peaches.
Cover with plastic wrap and place into refrigerator to sit overnight.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, and teaspoon cinnamon. Mix thoroughly. Cut butter into small pieces and with a pastry cutter or two forks, blend butter into mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
Place mixture into a plastic bag. Seal and refrigerate overnight. This step can also be done in the morning before placing baking dish into the oven.
When ready to bake the next morning…
Preheat oven to 350°F. Uncover the baking dish and sprinkle the butter mixture evenly around the top. Bake uncovered for 45 — 55 minutes. 45 minutes will give you a softer, slightly unfinished middle whereas 55 minutes will be firmer.
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