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Stuffed French Toast

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8 ounces softened cream cheese
1/4 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup chopped pecans, toasted
8 tsp orange marmalade
2 loaves french bread, cut diagonally into 8 1 inch slices
4 large eggs
1 cup milk
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp powdered sugar


Stir together cream cheese, dates, pecans and orange marmalade.


Cut a horizontal pocket into the top crust of each bread slice. Spoon about 2 tsp of cream cheese mixture into each pocket.


Whisk together eggs, milk and cinnamon. Dip stuffed bread slices into egg wash, coating on all sides.


Melt butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Cook stuffed bread slices 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with warm maple syrup.