Cinnamon Bread Custard with Fresh Berries
8 slices purchased cinnamon-raisin bread
½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
2 egg yolks
¾ cup sugar
3 cups milk
1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup hot water
1 cup fresh blueberries or blackberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
*Brush both sides of bread slices with melted butter. Line 13x9x2 –inch baking pan with buttered bread slices.
*In a large bowl, beat eggs and egg yolks. Whisk in sugar, milk, cream, and vanilla. Pour over bread slices. Chill 2 hours or up to overnight.
*Preheat oven to 350. Place baking pan on large baking sheet with sides. Pour hot water into baking sheet to provide steam for custard as it bakes.
*Bake 25-30 minutes, until top is lightly browned. Cool slightly, cut into squares and top with powdered sugar and fresh berries.
This recipe has always been a little challenging at higher elevations. Watch it carefully. You may need to bake it a bit longer.
What could be easier......the casserole will be baking and warming up the oven at the same time in anticipation of the turkey. Your home will have a delightful "cinnamony" smell. Your guests will be delighted and content. Some may be so content that they will go from the table to the couch instead of taking a brisk morning walk.