Monday, June 27, 2011

A Baby Shower & Stuffed French Toast

It's a Girl!
Ready for Brunch
Recognize the flower ball in the center?

close-up view of table

Strawberry and Brownie Cupcakes

A colorful diaper cake

This weekend I had the privilege of hosting a baby shower brunch for a dear friend.  It was a lot of fun!  I opted to keep the decorations simple and let the momma-to-be be the central focus of the morning.  We all managed to squeeze around the table for some orange stuffed french toast, crispy cheesy potatoes, sausage patties, and fresh fruit.  Then we played some silly games (is there any other kind at a shower?). Afterwards we had dessert and then opened the presents.  Many of the women in the group already have children, so the gifts were a reflection of items that they found useful or their kids loved when they were little. It was a nice morning full of laughs, fellowship and fun.

The orange stuffed french is one of my favorite recipes for brunch.  It is simple to make and can be frozen ahead of time and then just heated up on serving day!
Orange Stuffed French Toast

Orange Stuffed French Toast

1 Loaf French bread sliced 1" thick
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. orange marmalade
1/2 C. chopped pecans, toasted (optional)
5 eggs
1 C. orange juice

Cut a pocket in top of each bread slice about halfway through.  Blend cream cheese, marmalade and pecans,  Fill each pocket with approx. 1 Tbsp. of the mix.  Beat eggs and orange juice together.  Dip bread slices in OJ mix and place on wax paper lined cookie sheets.  Freeze until solid and then pack in freezer bags.

To Bake: Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Brush cookie sheet with melted butter.  Place frozen bread slices on cookie sheet and bake 6-10 minutes, flip and bake 3-5 minutes more until golden brown.  Alternately, melt small amount of butter into pan or on griddle and fry, turning once to brown both sides.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar to serve.


Chris said...

Stuffed french toast sounds yummy.  Love the pictures of the kids in the background.  Have a great 4th!

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