Strawberry-Raisin French Toast Bake

Let it be said, that I love a good challenge! Recently Sun-Maid challenged moms to create a delicious recipe using their Sun-Maid Raisin Bread and not one to turn down a challenge, especially when it comes to food, I accepted!

My family loves French Toast, we usually have it the regular way, but just subbing in raisin bread is not much of  challenge, we’ve had that in the past. Instead, I decided to come up with a fabulous morning french toast bake, incorporating all of our favourite morning bites, fruit, cream cheese and maple syrup!

I think it’s a winner!


Okay to start, grease a 9×13 dish well. Now it’s time to get your little helpers in on the action! Get your pint sized chefs in the kitchen and let them tear up 12 slices of Sun-Maid Raisin Cinnamon Swirl bread. Put half of the bread pieces on the bottom of the dish and set the rest to the side. Evenly distribute cubes of cream cheese over the bread. Next sprinkle 2 cups of sliced strawberries on top of cream cheese – little hands love to help with all of this! Lastly, put the bread pieces you set aside on top, as the final layer.

Now it’s time for the liquid! I use a large bowl and a hand mixer for this part, but you could just as easily use a blender. Pour the half-and-half into a bowl or blender, whatever you chose to use. Pulse for a few seconds. Now it’s time to get crackin’! Blend eggs into half-and-half until mixed. Add maple syrup and cinnamon and blend again until smooth. Pour the whole thing over bread mixture, cover and refrigerate overnight.

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 In the morning the first one out of bed can pop this dish out of the fridge. It needs to sit for about 45 min on the counter.

Preheat oven to 350 F and bake the dish, covered with aluminum foil for 3o min. Remove the foil and bake 30 min more or until the french toast is puffed up and golden brown.

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 I’ll warn you, warm strawberries smell amazing!!! Let sit for about 10 min and then dig in!  Serve with maple syrup or if you are feeling really fancy, a sprinkle of icing sugar!

Strawberry raisin french toast bake

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Strawberry-Raisin French Toast Bake
Recipe type: Breakfast Casserole
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Serves: 8-12
 
Ingredients
  • 12 slices Sun-Maid Cinnamon Swirl Bread, cut into 1 inch cubes, divided
  • 1 package cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 12 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tbs cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Generously grease a 9x3 baking dish
  2. Arrange half of the bread cubes on the bottom of the dish. Evenly distribute cream cheese cubes over the bread layer; add strawberry slices, and the remaining bread cubes as the final layer.
  3. Pour half-and-half into blender; pulse for a few seconds. Blend in eggs until fully mixed. Add maple syrup and cinnamon until smooth. Pour liquid mixture evenly over bread mixture.Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate over night or 8 hours.
  4. Remove baking dish from fridge 45 minutes before baking.
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C)
  6. Bake covered for 30 min. Remove foil and bake for another 30 min or until french toast is puffed up and golden brown.
  7. Serve with maple syrup and/or icing sugar

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Having your kids with you in the kitchen is a great way to get them involved in the meal!
This makes a great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day brunch or even a festive Christmas morning breakfast! If you give it a try, let me know what you think!

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Comments

  1. Mmmm! That looks absolutely delcious! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Hope you had a great Mother’s day 🙂

  2. That looks YUMMY!!!

  3. This looks super yummy! I will have to try it!

  4. This looks so good. I never thought of making it this way before. Pinned it too

  5. bakeca sassari says:

    looks divine

  6. Could you cut this recipe in half if you were only making it for 2?

    Thanks!

  7. Sabrina Tong says:

    Looking forward to making this, Christmas morning 🙂

  8. kim Tanti says:

    I must try this. It looks so good and my house is the sleep over house so hey can just heat it up if I’m busy. Thank You.

  9. Tammy Dalley says:

    Oh this looks so delicious!!! I have to try it

  10. Anne Taylor says:

    This recipe is very unique and I believe my family would love it!

    Thanks for the recipe

  11. You had me at cream cheese! That is such a great idea!

  12. What a unique combo of strawberry and raisins – looks easy to make. I am going to give it a try for my next brunch party.

  13. Lana Hood says:

    Would love to have this served to me on Mothers day.

  14. Lee-Ann says:

    oohh yummy!!! I so want to make this. I will however only put the raisins in one half – my husband loves them, but I only like them uncooked.

  15. so good!

  16. Krista M says:

    This is really a very interesting recipe! The cream cheese makes it so appealing to me. All these flavors look like one super delicious combination!

  17. Marilyn Legault says:

    Great recipe, I’m passing this on to my friend who runs a B & B

  18. loucheryl says:

    This looks so good. I hope my boys will like it. 🙂

  19. Terri Baker says:

    Oh my, this looks soooo good. With Ontario strawberries being in season; now is the perfect time to make this

  20. Alexa Nernberg says:

    Ho ly this recipe looks awesome! Looking forward to making this soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  21. I really want to try this one. It sounds so very good. Saved the recipe.

  22. Oh my this looks delish, my kids will love it! Ty for sharing :o)

  23. Um, wow. This looks so delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Oh, yum! Definitely need to try this!

  25. Erika Belanger says:

    This looks sooooo good! Never even seen anything like it. I would love to try this out!!

  26. Elaine Buonsante says:

    Sounds delicious! I’m adding this one to my recipe collection. Thank you!

  27. WHAT??? This looks so good! I need need to try it!

  28. loucheryl says:

    It’s my birthday tomorrow. I really want this for breakfast. 🙂

  29. Amy Lovell says:

    These sound and look so yummy! Will have to try these! thanks!

  30. Sounds really yummy to me, will have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing!

  31. I love french toast and this is a twist on the original. Can’t wait to try this!

  32. kathy downey says:

    Thanks this is so tasty

  33. Chandra O'Connor says:

    Oh my gosh I must try this one at Christmas yummy minus the raisins icky lol

  34. Christine says:

    you have more time& energy in the AM if you can do thseskinds of dreakfasts

  35. Rosanne Robinson says:

    This recipe sounds really delicious, looking forward to making it for my grandson, he’ll love it for sure!

  36. Tracy Rafuse says:

    I,m always looking for Breakfast/brunch ideas,this looks yummy

  37. Bailey Dexter says:

    Wow, I never thought of making French toast in a pan! Thanks for the recipe!

  38. Aww that looks so good….wanna come over and make me some!

  39. Jamie hall says:

    This would be grear for our easter brunch

  40. Ronald Gagnon says:

    We grew up on french toast..everyone loved them..but it was just egg battered fried and icing sugar..I have never tried a recipe as unique as this but i sure will..thank you

  41. Diana Corlett says:

    This delicious recipe is what I’m now craving for brunch!

  42. loucheryl says:

    A little slice of heaven, seriously!

  43. Scott MacMillan says:

    This is an interesting little recipe.looks heavenly.

  44. Kim Tanti says:

    Oh Yes. This would be great for when my daughter has friends for sleep overs. They love my breakfasts. I love making them for them. They grow so fast it is nice when they remember the parents for something nice. Thank You for this recipe.

  45. Karla Sceviour says:

    oh that looks so yummy!

  46. Jerry Marquardt says:

    This recipe looks very delightful. I copied the recipe down in order to make this on the coming weekend. I thank you for sharing this today.

  47. sherry moffitt says:

    This looks delicious, will be definitely trying.

  48. Darlene W says:

    Looks ooy, gooy, good

  49. my family would love this meal

  50. Looks great, simple and delicious.

  51. This looks so good.

  52. Treen Goodwin says:

    oh yummy looks and sounds delish a must try thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

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