Recipe by GertieGirl
This is one of our favorites... it's great for Christmas morning! It's got all the Christmasy flavors, and it's assembled the night before. You can use any kind of marmalade/jam for the filling. I have used regular and sugar free jams. You can also use light cream cheese, 2% milk in place of the cream, egg beaters in place of the eggs... to lighten it up a bit. Hope it becomes one of your family traditions!
Top Review by LonghornMama
Yum! This will certainly be a repeat at my house, everyone loved it! Very versatile recipe. I didn't have orange marmalade so used homemade nectarine jam. For bread, I used 10 pieces of Orowheat potato bread, cut in half, which fit the dish exactly and made 10 perfect serving pieces. Was a generous amount of cream cheese mixture. Looking forward to trying orange marmalade, also blueberry, blackberry, and other jams in my pantry. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
- 1 small loaf any dense bread, sliced about 1/2-inch thick
- 5 eggs
- 1 1⁄2 cups half-and-half (can use milk as well)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄2 cup cream cheese
- 1⁄2 cup orange marmalade
Directions See How It's Made
- Butter a 9x13 baking dish.
- Whisk together eggs, half and half, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Beat the cream cheese and marmalade until smooth.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture on one slice of bread, and cover with another slice, making sandwiches. Place in baking dish, and continue to assemble sandwiches until the dish is full. (I usually do 1/2 sandwiches as well as whole to fill up the dish).
- Pour egg mixture over the bread slowly, making sure each piece gets some mixture.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- Bake covered @ 350 for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake another 15 minutes, or until browned.