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Orange Stuffed Baked French Toast

1 (16 oz) French bread loaf cut into 18 slices
11 oz cream cheese cut into ¼ inch slices
12 large eggs
2 cups milk
orange sauce (see instructions below)

Place enough orange sauce in dish to cover bottom of a lightly greased baking dish. (can be individual dishes or 9x13 dish). Place single layer of bread slices over orange sauce; top with slice of cream cheese. Top with remaining bread slices.

Wisk together eggs and milk; pour over bread.
Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.
Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes, shielding with foil after 30 minutes, if necessary. Remove from oven and top with remaining orange sauce.

Makes 9 servings

Orange Sauce

2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
4 teaspoons grated orange rind
1 cup fresh orange juice

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, stirring well. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer until thickened (about 5 minutes), stirring often. Makes 2 ½ cups