• 1 loaf challah (or French bread)
  • 1/2 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • Confectioners'' sugar, for sprinkling
  • Fresh strawberries, for garnish
  • Maple syrup or a fruit syrup

Cooking Instructions

Spritz a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Slice bread into 12 pieces.

Make a slit in side of each slice, large enough to accommodate filling without tearing bread.

In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, preserves, and lemon rind on medium until well blended.

Spread a little cheese mixture inside slit of each slice of bread. Transfer to baking pan.

In a medium bowl, beat eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Pour over slices, turning to coat. Cover and chill for at least 1/2 hour and no longer than 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 425°F. Drizzle slices with butter and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Dust with confectioners'' sugar and garnish with strawberries. Serve with maple or fruit syrup.

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