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Mini Orange-Maple French Toast Breakfast Casserole

Mini Orange-Maple French Toast Breakfast CasseroleTry this recipe when you want to serve something for breakfast or brunch that's both special and delicious!

Recipe Ingredients:

4 ounces mascarpone cheese or cream cheese, room temperature
4 large eggs
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup maple-flavored pancake syrup
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel
3 cups (1-inch) bread cubes (about 4 slices)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Whisk cheese in medium bowl until smooth. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking after each addition until smooth. Stir in milk, orange juice, syrup and orange peel until smooth and blended.
  3. Divide bread among four greased 10-ounce ramekins or custard cups. Slowly pour a generous 1/2 cup egg mixture over bread in each cup; press bread into egg mixture. Place cups in baking pan.
  4. Bake in center of 350°F (175°C) oven until custards are puffed and knife inserted near centers comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Makes 6 servings.

Make Ahead Tip: Casseroles can be assembled the night before and refrigerated, covered. Increase baking time slightly.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 345; Total Fat: 20g; Saturated Fat: 9g; Cholesterol: 250mg; Total Carbs: 31g; Fiber: 1g; Protein: 12g; Sodium: 283mg.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the American Egg Board.