Serving size note: I created this recipe to be a smaller batch, since it was just to serve Ben and myself. This recipe can be easily doubled to feed a crowd. Simple double the ingredients, use a 9x13 inch pan, and increase the baking time to 40-50 minutes. Make ahead tip: For an extra lazy morning, make the apple cider syrup in advance, then refrigerate in a tight container. Heat in the microwave just before serving. Storage tip: The apple cider syrup will save in the fridge for up to a week; the bake will save for 3 days. Reheat each separately in the microwave. To dry fresh bread prior to assembly: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread the cubes onto a baking sheet, then place in oven for 8 minutes. This step is not required, but it will help the bread cubes better absorb the liquid if the bread is very fresh.