I've also included the strawberry syrup recipe. Double this recipe if you double the French Toast recipe.
4 cups day old french bread cut into 1" cubes
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
4 oz. cream cheese cubed
Spray 8X8 baking pan. Cube bread into 1" pieces. Cut cream cheese into small cubes. (About the size of a lima bean) Set aside
Beat eggs, milk, vanilla, salt and sugar together.
Place half (2 cups) of cubed bread in baking pan. Spread cheese cubes evenly over bread. Layer strawberries over cheese. Top with remaining bread cubes. Pour egg mixture over bread/cheese/strawberries. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight.
Bake 30 mins covered at 350. Remove foil and bake 15-20 minutes more until top is nicely browned and center is set.
1 C. sugar
1 C. water
1/8 C corn starch
2 C. sliced strawberries
Cook sugar, water and corn starch over medium heat until thickened. Add strawberries and cook 5 more minutes. Add orange juice or water to thin if needed. Serve warm.