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Christmas Morning French Toast

I dress up French toast for Christmastime by stuffing thick bread slices with a nutty, fruity cream-cheese filling. You can skip the maple syrup —the recipe includes a simple but delectable orange sauce. —Janet Caico, Fleming Island, FL
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) orange marmalade, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 12 slices French bread (1-1/2 inches thick)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, pineapple and 1/4 cup marmalade until light and fluffy. Stir in pecans. Cut a pocket in the side of each slice of bread; fill with cream cheese mixture.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and 1 cup cream. Dip both sides of bread into egg mixture.
  • Cook on a greased hot griddle until golden brown, 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine orange juice and remaining marmalade. Cook and stir over medium heat until smooth. Add remaining cream; heat through. Dust French toast with confectioners' sugar and serve with sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice with 2 tablespoons sauce (calculated without confectioners' sugar): 385 calories, 22g fat (11g saturated fat), 121mg cholesterol, 311mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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