Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Easter Brunch

Saturday's weather was perfect for an outdoor Easter brunch with the children. Since we won't have time for a leisurely meal during our busy Easter weekend, it was refreshing to spend some unhurried time in the mild spring air with my little bunnies.

Cream Cheese French Toast Bake with Strawberry Topping

I first tried this recipe when I spent a week with my sister and her first baby. During that visit I learned that I was pregnant with Christian, and I remember nearly bursting with excitement as I worked in the kitchen. I considered keeping my pregnancy a secret for a while, but couldn't resist telling Jennifer the good news. This dish brings back memories of that happy baby bunny spring!

Sliced sourdough bread
8-ounce container cream cheese with pineapple
4 eggs
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 lbs. strawberries

Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Line the dish with sourdough bread, and spread cream cheese on bread. Top with remaining bread slices. Beat eggs in a mixing bowl, and add milk, 1/4 cup sugar, salt and cinnamon. Beat well, then pour egg mixture over sandwiches. Leave the casserole dish at room temperature for 5 minutes, then turn the sandwiches over. Cover, and refrigerate overnight. Chop 1 lb. strawberries, and toss them with 1/2 cup sugar. Refrigerate overnight.

To prepare the french toast, uncover casserole dish and bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, chop the remaining 1 lb.of strawberries and add them to the chilled strawberry mixture. Mix lightly, and serve alongside French toast.


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The Quintessential Magpie said...

I love the fact that you know how to celebrate each day of living, Melissa. Hats off to you, my friend! And this is lovely...


Sheila :-)

Laura said...

Oh, Melissa! This looks de-vine!! Gosh, I could just gobble that recipe up! I love your inspiration! God bless you today!

Live.Love.Eat said...

OMgosh. I read the 2nd sentence about keeping your pregnancy secret for a while but then read from the beginning that it was long ago. Hah.

This french toast bake looks awesome!

sweeter and the bubbas said...

YUM-MY!! I don't know how you stay so thin! :-) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the flower arrangement below! The pink, white, and green jelly beans are so pretty in the vase! You did great on the photography too!! :-)

The Charmed Life Online said...

It is so dreary and nasty (we actually had flurries this morning in KY) here right now and it has been hard to get in the mood to plan for Easter.

This beautiful post is lifting my spirits and getting me excited to celebrate Sunday. I can't wait to try the french toast recipe, I wish I had some right now! Thanks for sharing it with us.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

This looks so incredibly charming!! I'm glad that you had a wonderful weekend brunch together :)!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I am going to try this!

Allidink said...

What a cute story! It made me smile :) That recipe looks delicious, there isn't much that can beat fresh strawberries mmm.

All the best,

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

This looks just fabulous! Definitely on the "make" list!

Jennifer Driver said...

I remember this yummy recipe. I'm so glad you were able to spend the first week of David's and Caitlin's life with us! Love you sis!

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