Raspberry Baked French Bread

My husband recently gave me Ina Garten’s new cookbook  Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and we made the raspberry baked french bread last weekend.  It was just the two of us, so I cut the recipe in half, assembled it the evening before and left it in the refrigerator over night.  I threw it into the oven when I got up and it made the house smell delicious.  It was really yummy!  The bread had a crusty top, soft middle and a sweetness of berries that blended perfectly with the maple syrup.  This is going to be a dish I bring out for my family and guests when I want something tasty to feed a group with little fuss.

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Raspberry Baked French Bread
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 10 extra large eggs
  • 2 ¾ cups half and half
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar (+ 2 tablespoons to sprinkle before cooking)
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 cups day old challah bread, diced 1 inch
  • 12 ounces fresh raspberries
  • Confectioners sugar and maple syrup for serving
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9 x 13 x 2 inch baking dish with butter and set aside
  2. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, half and half, ⅓ cup sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, orange zest and salt.
  3. Spread half of the diced bread into baking dish. Sprinkle raspberries and then top with the rest of the diced bread.
  4. Pour egg mixture over bread. press down and moisten all of the bread
  5. sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  6. pre-heat oven to 350℉ degrees.
  7. place baking dish on a rimmed baking sheet and cook in the middle of the oven for 60 to 70 minutes. Check at 45 minutes. If getting too browned cover with aluminum foil until finished baking.
  8. remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes. Serve with a sprinkle of Confectioners sugar and maple sugar.

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