My mother in law gave me this recipe. I made it for my MOPS (mothers of pre-schoolers) group and it was a hit!
1 Cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons corn syrup
1 3/4 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 loaf French Bread
Put butter in sauce pan and as it starts to melt, add corn syrup, then brown sugar. Cook on medium heat until all ingredients are well blended and the mixture begins to bubble. DO NOT bring to a rolling boil, because the caramel will harden into candy.
Pour mixture into "9x13" casserole pan.
Slice the bread into 3/4 inch thick pieces. Place a layer of bread on top of the caramel sauce, side by side without overlapping. Spread cream cheese on top of the bread. Top off each slice of bread with a second slice, like a sandwich.
Mix eggs, vanilla, and milk together in a bowl with a whisk and pour over the top of the bread, being sure to coat each piece.
The dish can be prepared the night before and stored in the refrigerator. In the morning, bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.
Serve warm with the caramel side up. Top with syrup, whipped cream, nuts, or fresh berries....or all four!