Strawberries Romanoff Bread Pudding

A Rich and Romantic dish to sweeten the hearts of all at your breakfast table! Combine the exotic flavor of Orange Liqueur, the bright red freshness of strawberries and the smooth texture of cream cheese

Bread/Butter Mix--4 Cups Bread Cubes, tossed in 4 T of Melted butter in 8 X 8 Casserole: Leave 2 cups in bottom of pan, reserve 2 cups for topping

Strawberry/Cream Cheese Mix—1 lb. fresh strawberries (Save 1/4 pound unsliced for topping), 3/4 lb. sliced & soaked for 1/2 hour in 3/4 C orange juice with 1T sugar, then drained & mixed w/6 oz cream cheese (Save 2 oz of 8 oz package for topping) softened w/3 T orange liqueur & mixed with: 1/2 t Vanilla extract, 1/2 C sugar, 1/2 t salt, and 1 beaten egg.

Egg/Milk/Juice Mix--2 eggs, beaten, mixed w/ 2 T sugar, 1/4 t Vanilla extract, 1/4 t nutmeg, 1/2 C milk, 1 T orange liqueur, and 1/4 cup of strawberry-soaking orange juice.

Topping—2 oz cream cheese mixed with remaining soaking OJ, 1 T of orange liqueur, & 1 T sugar, chilled over night, and 1/4 lb strawberries sliced just before serving, in heart shapes.

Soak Sliced Strawberries in OJ while you get the rest of the ingredients ready.
Pour egg/milk mixture over 2 cups of buttered bread cubes; cook covered in Microwave for 3-4 minutes; spoon cream cheese mix over mostly cooked egg/bread mix; press reserved bread cubes part way into cream. Cover & refrigerate for one hour or overnight. Cook at 350 for 45 minutes covered, and at 400 for 10 minutes uncovered. Top w/fresh sliced strawberries & drizzle w/chilled cream cheese topping. Cut into four portions and serve warm. Final product may be a bit mushy in middle, but NO ONE will complain!

Recipe Summary:
Yield: 4 hearty servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

Other recipes by Alaska's North Country Castle B&B:
Mandarin Orange French Toast
Peaches N Cream Bread Pudding
North Country Glacier Melter

Recipe Provided By:
Alaska's North Country Castle B&B
Anchorage, AK

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