Prep Time
21 Mins
Other Time
8 Hours 30 Mins
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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

December 24, 2016
I soften the cream cheese and beat it in with the cream, cinnamon, and vanilla so it is mixed throughout the dish.  And I use whole cream, not ½ n ½....because.....yummy.  :)

Mix the cream cheese with the cream & some fresh berries

December 24, 2016
I make this regularly.  I mix the softened cream cheese in with the cream to blend it all together, so it still adds flavor without chunks.  I also throw some fresh or frozen blackberries in my in my ninja for a few seconds and then throw them in with the jam to cook them down a bit.  Yummiliciousness!

December 24, 2016
I also use challah bread!!!  I dry the bread out for a couple of hours before pouring the creamm mixture over it.  It makes sure the flavor is spread throughout.

August 01, 2015
Would it help to use whipped cream cheese? Just asking before I run to the store. Thanks!

maybe try this

December 20, 2016
i have only read reviews - not made this but perhaps cream cheese would melt better if it were regular cream chess not low fat.??

The sweet dish in the salty breakfast buffet line up with a new twist!

November 23, 2016
I took a tip from the poster below and used blackberry jam instead of blueberry. But then, after I spread the melted jam syrup, I laid down a layer of frozen blueberries that took it to the next level. When the guests cut in they get the melted cheese ADD big blueberries!

Family favorite

April 17, 2016
This has become a family favorite. I just made it for about the 3rd time. I have had no issues cooking it as is, I use a sweet Italian loaf my local Kroger makes. It's a nice dense bread and adds some additional sweetness. If you aren't crazy about cream cheese you can easily reduce or eliminate it. I find it gets pretty melty, but even cut small the chunks will it melt, just soften.

Susie721's Review

February 19, 2013
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.

Qtpicolleen's Review

December 05, 2012
My store didn't have French bread so I used challah bread and it worked really well. The cream cheese definitely needs to be cut up into smaller pieces. I also made it about an hour before it needed to go into the oven so it was only in the fridge for under an hour and turned out great. Oven needs to be at 425; I turned it up for the last 10 minutes to 450 and it was nice and firm when I took it out

KarenDiane's Review

March 22, 2012