French Toast Casserole with Orange Zest
 
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The perfect addition to any festive gathering.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large loaf of French bread from Panera, sliced and diced (or about 10 cups of one-inch cubed French bread)
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup 2 % milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Juice of same orange
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped bourbon pecans (optional) (I prefer the ones at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.)
Instructions
  1. Coat a 9 x13-inch glass baking dish with butter.
  2. Arrange the bread cubes in the baking dish. Place the cream cheese in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the eggs,1 at a time, beating after each addition. Add the milk, half-and-half, vanilla, cinnamon, orange zest, orange juice and powdered sugar; mix until smooth.
  3. Pour this mixture over the top of the bread cubes and cover with plastic wrap. Chill overnight.
  4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the dish from the refrigerator, remove plastic wrap, and let stand for 20 minutes. Bake 45 to 50 minutes (test by sticking a knife in the center). Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar and chopped bourbon pecans just before serving.
Notes
Adding some orange-flavored gooey icing may be just what you want. If this is you, check out this recipe HERE for some icing to drizzle over the top!
Recipe by StyleBlueprint at https://styleblueprint.com/everyday/french-bread-casserole-what-to-eat-on-christmas-morning/