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Make-Ahead Orange French Toast

Leftover bread came in handy one weekend when I had unexpected overnight guests. I had just enough to create this sweet brunch dish.—Emily Kingsborough, Dublin, OH
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 20 diagonal slices French bread (3/4 inch thick)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Assorted fresh fruit, optional
  • Maple syrup, optional

Directions

  • Spread cream cheese over 10 bread slices; top with remaining bread. Arrange sandwiches overlapping in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk condensed milk and orange juice until blended. Whisk in eggs, milk, orange zest, vanilla and cinnamon. Pour over top; press bread down to submerge. Refrigerate, covered, several hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Remove French toast from refrigerator while oven heats. Bake, uncovered, 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. If desired, serve with fresh fruit and syrup.

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