Cherry Cheese Strata

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From Christine CampbellChateau Chantal B&B Chef

Ingredients
16 slices French bread
4 oz. cream cheese softened
1/2 cup Chateau Chantal Cherry Merlot Jam
1 cup frozen cherries
4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 cups half-and-half
2/3 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp. finely shredded orange peel
1 tsp. vanilla
vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup slices almonds
1/4 cup turbino sugar

Instructions
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Spray a 2 quart square baking dish with cooking spray. Spread cream cheese on slices of bread and fit them into the baking dish in a single layer. Spread Cherry Merlot Jam over top. Scatter frozen cherries on top. Top each bread slice with another bread slice. Tear remaining bread into bite size pieces and fill in around the slices.

In a medium bowl, combines eggs, half & half, sugar, orange peel and vanilla. Pour over bread in baking dish. Sprinkle with turbino sugar and sliced almonds. Bake uncovered about 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 15 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla yogurt.

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