Croissant Overnight French Toast Souffle

Croissant Overnight French Toast Souffle
This is one of those recipes that you will keep forever!.  It is made with coarsely chopped croissants so it has a more buttery flavor than most overnight French toast recipes. It is, by far, the best I have ever made in this category.   It’s a perfect recipe for Christmas morning so that while you are busy getting ready for the day, it will be cooking in the oven. Enjoy and pass the word along about my website!  We have great recipes in our cookbooks that you won’t want to miss.
 Made with Love,
Janice Stompro
Founder & Breast Cancer Survivor
8 small croissants (already baked)
1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
½ cup butter, softened
¾ cup maple syrup
10 eggs
3 cups half and half
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Powdered sugar
Chopped pecans

In a food processor, coarsely chop croissants. Distribute evenly in a 13 x 9 inch casserole dish prepared with cooking spray.  In the same processor, combine cream cheese, butter, ½ cup half and half and ¼ cup maple syrup.  Pour over croissants.  In the same processor, add the 10 eggs, ½ cup maple syrup and 2 ½ cups half and half.  Pour over croissants.  Sprinkle with cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Uncover and bake soufflĂ© 45 – 50 minutes or until golden.  Serve with heated maple syrup, chopped pecans and powdered sugar.

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Letters We Receive

We received lots of letters from very wonderful people who shared with us their thoughts about the cookbooks.

Dear Janice:
I just read the article in Diablo Magazine. I have a dear friend going through what you went through – she’ll make it – she’s a very positive person, as you are! You’re a HERO to all women. We are sisters and must stand united! What a wonderful idea to share your dear recipes. I’d love to have a book. I love to cook and I want to contribute to such a wonderful cause. Thank you.

Dear Janice:
I was visiting my son’s home during the holidays and spotted your flyer requesting a donation benefiting breast cancer research. I hope this check is not too late to participate in this event, which I passionately support. Having heard of your recent bout with the disease, I especially admire your ability to turn a negative experience into positive action. You’re an amazing young woman. Through Randy, I have known Brett since he was a little boy and thought his wife would be a lucky gal . . . it seems he is the lucky one! Love to you all,
Janice Seeley

Dear Janice:
I read the article about you and your story regarding breast cancer today in the Tri-Valley Herald. We also have a history of breast cancer in our family and struggle to stay on top of it too. With all my heart, I hope with your help that a cure will be found. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if none of our daughters ever had to worry about breast cancer again? Good luck and best wishes.
Janis Morris

Dear Mom:
I’m so proud of you for your book.
Love, Sia

Dear Brett & Janice:
We just received your heartfelt letter about breast cancer. We are so sorry to hear about what happened. Janice’s strength for life and research to find a cure and to make a difference has touched our hearts deeply. We are ordering two books of “Recipes for Research” and will be forwarding the article, from the Contra Costa Times, to all of your friends through email. On a personal note, we always have admired your family’s love and closeness, from what Dr. Stompro has shared with us. Oprah and Rosie would both tell you and I will tell you, “Keep strong and never stop fighting breast cancer.” Best wishes to you and your family. We love you.
Elaine and Courtney

Dearest Janice:
What an incredible idea your cookbook is! You are an amazing woman with such a big heart and strong will. You are truly an inspiration. Caring people like you make all the difference in our society. I wish you all the “earth shattering” success with your book sales. I passed the word on to my friends and they are happy to support this wonderful cause to cure breast cancer. Hopefully we will get a great response from our patients as well. All my best to you and your wonderful husband and family.
Toni Eustes

Dear Janice:
Just wanted to thank you so much for all your kind words and encouragement. I felt so lucky to have you to talk to at such a difficult time. Everything turned out fine. The people at John Muir Radiology were awesome! Anyway, thanks so much. You’re as beautiful inside as you are out.
Sincerely, Sherry Bennett

Dear Dr. Stompro:
I was very sorry to hear about your wife’s struggle with breast cancer, she sounds like a very courageous women. I pray God’s blessings on her and your family. My own dear friend has been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, so I applaud all that you and your wife are doing to fight this terrible disease.

Dear Janice:
Thank you for the terrific job you are doing. Many of us who have survived the nightmare of breast cancer appreciate your time and dedication.

Dear Janice:
Your dear husband was a speaker at your Danville Women’s Club a few years ago. Your picture in the Oakland Tribune shows a very beautiful woman. Our neighbor just had surgery and is now feeling 100% better. I thought your book would be a lovely gift. I will also share this news article with our club at our next board meeting.

Dear Janice:
Please send me three of your cookbooks. I think it is wonderful that you are so actively fighting breast cancer. I lost a very dear friend three years ago and these books will make perfect gifts from the remaining members of our group of four friends. Now we remember her even when we are cooking. Good luck in your efforts!

Dear Janice:
Enclosed please find my check for $15.00 for the book, “Recipes for Research.” I too have been diagnosed with breast cancer and still am in the process of chemo. Today is pure hell, but there are some good days too. Thanks for all your work.

Cooking up Funds to Fight Breast Cancer

Her mother had it, also her grandmother. Janice Stompro not only feared breast cancer, she fully expected to get it She had regular mammograms. She routinely examined herself. She even visited a surgeon, just to be sure. Still, nothing showed up until that evening one year ago, after dinner with her husband, a celebration of their 25 years as a couple. The San Ramon woman was undressing in front of the mirror when she noticed an odd dimpling on her skin. An exam the next morning validated her deepest dread – it was an ugly, tenacious case of breast cancer. Rather than the more common ductal variety, it was lobular with slender fingers grasping throughout the tissues. And it had eluded all the standard screening methods. “I had no lump. There was no lump,” says Stompro, now 40. “I think the awareness has to come with women, you can’t just feel around for those lumps.”

Treatment was the typical hell: a double mastectomy, months of chemotherapy, and regular doses of tamoxifen for several years. It’s a story that has become painfully common, with one woman in eight destined to battle this disease, and the rate of occurrence in the Bay Area is among the highest in the nation. But here’s where Stompro’s story takes a soaring upward turn. Determined that her 7-year-old daughter, Sia, should never have to go through what three generations of her family have been through, she is funneling as much money as she can into breast-cancer research.
Her tool is a cookbook called “Recipes for Research,” a compilation of favorite dishes contributed by friends and famous locals, such as Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher and author Terry McMillan. It’s got the big pink ribbon on the front and a forward by Dr. Balazs Bodai, creator of the Breast Cancer Research Stamp. It costs $15, and 100 percent of the proceeds go for breast-cancer research. Listening to Stompro talk about it, you know she’s going to make a dent in this monster. We sat in her living room as workers installed a door, and her kids—she also has two sons, 9-year-old Bo and 12-year-old Stone—wandered in asking for ice cream of help rounded up the runaway dog Bubbly and frank, she’s the kind of person who makes things happen by the sheer force of her personality. And watch out, Oprah and Rosie—she’s got your phone numbers.

Stompro paid $2,500 herself for the book’s first printing. In less than two weeks, the 500 copies are almost gone, with a second batch ordered. They’re being distributed through local doctor’s offices, coffee houses and hair salons, with a network of friends bringing them to Colorado, Nevada, Delaware and Georgia. Stompro wants everyone who discovers the book to sell it to 10 people, building a pyramid of cancer-busting cash. For your money you’ll find the secret to Tauscher’s English Trifle Dessert, and McMilllan’s Peach Schnapps Cake. Stompro’s sons contributed Oatmeal Surprise, a comfort-food mixture of oatmeal, maple syrup and vanilla ice cream. My favorite is the recipe for Mood Altering Cabbage Rolls, which begins with these instructions: “Arrange flowers, light candles, turn on music and dress with lights dimmed.”

She is still deciding exactly which organization will get the money, and is in the process of building a Web site. She wants to hook up with a publisher, and is hopeful about making inroads with Rosie O’Donnell, whose mother died of breast cancer. And recipes are piling up for a second edition. Seeing this kind of momentum, it’s hard to believe she was diagnosed just one year ago—Stompro says her oncologist considers her now cured, but there is still a 12 percent chance her cancer could recur. “I’m not going to wait for somebody else to do something,” she says. “It’s killing and it can kill the mothers of this world.”

Originally published in the Contra Costa Times.

Founder of Recipes for Research

Janice Stompro, a 3rd generation breast cancer survivor, is the founder of Recipes for Research. This widely received cookbook written by Janice has earned thousands of dollars for breast cancer research.


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