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One-Dish Blackberry French Toast

One-Dish Blackberry French Toast
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns
Prep time 21 mins
Other Time time 8 hrs, 30 mins
Yield

Makes 8 to 10 servings

Perfect for a holiday breakfast or a weekend brunch, this french toast recipe is loaded with tasty, sweet ingredients. Of course, you can always add a little extra sweetness with maple syrup or whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup blackberry jam
  • 1 (12-oz.) French bread loaf, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 (8-oz.) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • Toppings: maple syrup, whipped cream

How to Make It

  1. Cook jam in a small saucepan over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring once.

  2. Place half of bread cubes in bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with cream cheese cubes, and drizzle with melted jam. Top with remaining bread cubes.

  3. Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients. Pour over bread mixture. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Cover tightly, and chill 8 to 24 hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 325°. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 to 15 minutes or until bread is golden brown and mixture is set. Serve with desired toppings.