I followed the recipe the first time and since then I've used Cuban bread and reduced fat cream cheese. They each worked just fine. My "Sew Sisters" love this and we have it every year at our Christmas Brunch. It's like having dessert for breakfast and that's a treat, so I make this for special occasions.
One-Dish Blackberry French Toast
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.
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- 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
- 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.
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