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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

Instructions

  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.
  4. 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.