The girls have been busy and continue to gift us with eggs. I couldn't resist photographing them with a few of my vintage Christmas ornaments. Each morning we find a pretty palette of beautiful eggs in an assortment of sizes tucked in the nesting boxes. I have had to share some of the goodness with my neighbors because we just can't eat that many eggs! Christmas morning I baked a holiday French toast that is a family favorite. It is a wonderful recipe when you have an abundance of eggs! I have tweeked this recipe so many times but I think it is perfect now. It is so easy to prepare and it is baked goodness... so yummy! It looks beautiful displayed on a cake stand and is perfect for special occasions. If you need any eggs- come on over!
Baked French Toast
Prepare the night ahead
12-14 slices of day-old-bread (Country Potato works best)
one dozen eggs
2 cups of half and half
one grated orange rind
1/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla
1 pint of Blueberries or desired fruit (more for garnish)
1/2 cup of sugar
12 ounces (which equals 1 1/2 Packages) Cream Cheese
(Mix cream cheese and sugar in a bowl and set aside)
Cut bread into one inch cubes. Place 3/4 of the bread in a greased 9 x 13 inch dish
(a bundt pan works well and is so pretty)
place 3/4 of the one pint of berries on top of the bread
drop the cream cheese mixture in spoonfuls on top of the berries (about 3/4 of the mixture)
top with the remaining bread- blueberries- cream cheese mixture
beat the eggs well and add the half and half, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and orange rind.
pour evenly over the bread mixture.
Cover with foil and refrigerate.
30 minutes prior to baking take the french toast out of the refrigerator- set aside.
preheat oven to 350 degrees
bake 30 minutes covered with foil
bake an additional 30 minutes uncovered or until browned and center is set.
1 stick of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 grated orange rind
3/4 cup of canned milk (not sweetened condensed milk)
Cook on medium heat stirring constantly until thick and bubbly- add orange liqueur about 1/4 cup
Garnish with blueberries and syrup
Have you seen the movie Flipped? I loved it. It is a favorite on my list! There is a section in the movie about chickens and eggs! You have to see it.
Bootcamp starts this morning- I think I might die!