WHAT YOU NEED
1 Italian or French bread (always go with a crusty crust loaf so it will stand up to soak time)
1 pkg (250 g) cream cheese, softened (easiest is to leave out at room temperature for 1/2 hr)
3 x-large eggs or 4 large eggs
1 cup milk (I have used full fat, buttermilk and 2 %... but my personal fave is 3/4 cup 2/% and 1/4 cup 10% cream)
1/4 cup maple syrup ( go with the real deal)
cinnamon 1 tsp
vanilla 1 tsp (PURE vanilla, no artificial vanilla PLEASE !)
Cut bread into 15 thick slices ( or approx. 1" thick slices).
BEAT cream cheese with an electric hand mixer until smooth. Add eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon.
DIP bread slices in mixture and place in large casserole dish. Pour remaining liquid over bread ensuring the liquid gets under bread as well as on top of the slices so all areas will get soaked as it rests. Cover with wrap and let stand 1 hour or overnight in refrigerator.
PREHEAT oven to 425°F and grease 2 baking sheets (greasing well is a MUST or they will stick!)
PLACE slices of soaked bread on the baking sheets and bake for 20 minutes, turning once, or until golden brown. Serve immediately with maple syrup, fresh fruit and a dollop of whipped cream.
But above all else: ENJOY !!!!
Photo by MarkHryciw