Baked Stuffed Orange French Toast

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EEK! It’s October already! How does every month go by so fast! The bad thing is that the older we get the faster the time goes by! I feel like just yesterday it was September 1st! UGH! Almost time to think about the holidays! I am going to enjoy the fall to the fullest first!

I love the cool morning in the fall. Fall weekends mean cozy breakfasts. If I get up too late it might end up being brunch or even lunch. This Orange Stuffed French Toast is definitely a cozy and filling meal.

I love making this kind of breakfast when all my kids are home. I love filling their bellies!

Baked Stuffed Orange French Toast

Ingredients

1 loaf french bread, about 15 thick cut slices
8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
¼ cup sugar
8 eggs
3 cups whole milk
¼ cup butter, melted and cooled plus 1 tablespoon for greasing pan
zest of one orange
1 tablespoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Generously grease a 9 X 13 deep-dish casserole dish with 1 tablespoon of butter. Place a layer of bread slices alternating direction of bottom crusts and top crusts to outside of pan. Spread half of the cream cheese on the bread slices and then sprinkle with half of the sugar. Repeat with another layer of bread, the rest of the cream cheese and sugar and then top with a final layer of bread.
  2. In a large bowl whisk eggs, milk, butter, orange zest and vanilla together. Slowly pour over bread layers making sure to coat evenly. Wrap dish tightly with foil and refrigerate overnight.
  3. To bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove casserole from refrigerator and bring to room temperature, about a half an hour. Bake covered for 45-55 minutes then remove foil and cook for another 5 minutes or until top is golden. Remove and let set for 5 minutes and serve.

***special supplies: a 9 X 13 deep dish lasagna or casserole dish. If you choose to use a regular depth baking dish, reduce milk by 1 cup and layer bread just 2 times rather than 3.

I chose to top the french toast with homemade blueberry jam but feel free to use your favorite syrup or topping.

This meal makes for a great start to the day…maybe even a lazy day!

Believe it or not I have kept up my summer reading well into fall! This particular book was excellent. It tells the story of several different people’s lives.

Even though those people came from different parts of the country, had different morals and different social economic lives their lives all crossed each other at some point in time. It is a very well written book and I’m glad I picked it up!

Besos,

Flor

Recipe Source foodie crush

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