Stuffed French Toast Strata

1lb loaf unsliced French bread

1-8 oz pkg Cream Cheese, cubed

8 Eggs

2 1/2 cups milk, light cream or half and half

6 Tbls butter, melted

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 recipe apple cider syrup

Cut French bread into cubes. (12 cups).Grease a 13x9x92 inch glass dish. To assemble, place half the bread cubes in the glass baking dish. Top with the cream cheese cubes, and then with the remaining bread cubes. In a blender, mix together the eggs, cream, syrup and butter. Pout egg mixture over bread and cheese cubes. Using a spatula, slightly press layers down to moisten. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 to 24 hours. Remove plastic and bake in a 325 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes or until the center appears set and the edges and lightly golden. Let stand about 10 minutes. Serve with Apple Cider Syrup. (Serves 6 to 8 or 2 to 4 in the Gersmehl home: -)

Apple Cider Syrup

1/2 cup sugar

4 teas. corn starch

1/2 teas. cinnamon

1 cup apple cider or apple juice

1 Tbls lemon juice

2 Tbls butter

In a small saucepan stir together the sugar, corn starch and cinnamon. Add the apple cider and lemon juice. Cook and stir over medium heat till mixture is thickened and bubbly, then cook 2 minutes more. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the butter. Serve and thank me later.