Grapefruit or mixed fruit marmalade will work just as well as the orange marmalade called for in the recipe. Serve the casserole with honey or pancake syrup warmed with orange rind and a splash of orange juice (add one teaspoon rind and two tablespoons juice per 1/2 cup syrup). This easy casserole can be assembled in less than 15 minutes and stored in the refrigerator overnight.
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 (16-ounce) sourdough French bread loaf, cut into 24 (1/2-inch) slices
1 (12-ounce) jar orange marmalade
2 3/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 large eggs
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
How to Make It
Spread softened butter on one side of each bread slice. Arrange 12 bread slices, buttered side down, slightly overlapping in a single layer in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread marmalade evenly over bread; top with remaining 12 bread slices, buttered side up.
Combine milk and next 4 ingredients (through eggs), stirring with a whisk. Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Sprinkle casserole with walnuts. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
This is a great recipe. I made it for a brunch with friends and they all raved about it. The only change I would make is instead of pouring the egg mixture over the bread ( I found that the top layer didn't soak up the egg mixture) I would dunk each piece of bread in the egg mixture before putting it in the pan and pour the extra on top.
I have been making this recipe for several years and its definitely a family favorite! When I make the egg/milk mixture I usually only use 2 c of milk. I always flip the 'french toast sandwiches' as they're absorbing the liquid. For more firm french toast I've flipped them halfway through cooking but usually I just cook for a few extra minutes.
I have tried other jams and one of my favorite combinations is cherry jam with chopped almonds on top. I also sometimes spread a thin layer of ff cream cheese or neufchatel on the other slice of bread -yum!
This recipe was very good and I liked that it is prepped the night before and just popped in the oven in the morning. I made it as directed with great success. This could be made with any kind of jam if you don't care for marmalade or have it on hand. Will make it again!
Great to get it ready the previous night. Used only 2 cups milk, 1/4 cup sugar and lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. The bottom got soggy but it worked as I turned the slices in the morning 1/2 hour before I baked it. I used Berry preserves from Ikea and since we do not like it too sweet, it worked great.
I couldn't find sourdough French bread so I used a Farmhouse style Sourdough. It was a little too moist but tasted fabulous. I did make the warm syrup with a bit of OJ added. I used pecans instead of walnuts. It was super easy and we really enjoyed it.
I make this every year for Christmas. I use challah bread from a local bakery; about 1 large loaf. I add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the egg mixture. And I never use an entire 12 oz. of marmalade! 8 oz. is more like it. I add the nuts during the last 15 minutes because otherwise the nuts come close to burning. I don't know if this would be as good using bland french bread...I think the sweet challah is what makes this awesome.
I have made this twice. Following others suggestions, I used low sugar raspberry jam as I have found similar recipes to be too sweet for my family's taste. I also cut the milk to 2 1/2 cups as it was a bit soggy the first time. The second time I made it with low sugar apricot jam as that was on hand and it was equally good.
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