Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole

1 large loaf Cinnamon Raisin Bread, chopped
12 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
6 oz. Butter, softened
3/4 cup Maple Syrup (divided as in directions)
10 eggs
3 cups Half & Half
Cinnamon Sugar
Buttered Maple Syrup (50:50 mix of butter and maple syrup)


Place chopped cinnamon raisin bread in a well buttered 13 x 9 in. glass pan. Mix cream cheese, butter and 1/4 cup maple syrup until smooth. Spread on top of bread, leaving some openings through which to pour egg mixture. Beat eggs, half & half and 1/2 cup maple syrup. Pour over bread and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Uncover and bake 50 to 55 minutes at 350°. Cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar. May top with maple syrup or fruit compote if desired