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 TimePrep: 25 min. Bake: 5 min./batch
- 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
- 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 Facts1 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.
Originally published as Christmas Morning Stuffed French Toast in Taste of Home Christmas Annual 2016