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Perfect for an indulgent weekend breakfast! Orange Marmalade and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast has a creamy filling and a delicious pecan crust. Serve it hot out of the oven with powdered sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup!

slices of orange french toast on a white plate with orange slices and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

My orange marmalade French toast comes as a sandwich, so the delicious cream cheese filling oozes out of the center.

Looking for more ways to amp up your mornings? I’ve got several different takes on this breakfast favorite, like this French Toast with Warm Berry Syrup, Baked Crunchy French Toast Sticks, or my personal favorite, Banana Bread French Toast!

Why you’ll love this Stuffed French Toast recipe!

  • No Overnight Soaking. Unlike some classic French toast recipes, this one doesn’t require overnight soaking. 
  • Indulgent Flavor. Orange French toast is stuffed with a cream cheese mixture and a delicious pecan crust, making it a decadent breakfast or brunch option.
  • Perfect for Special Occasions. It’s an excellent brunch recipe for Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, or Christmas morning.

Ingredient notes

  • Cream cheese | I like to use light cream cheese for the sweet cream cheese filling.
  • Orange marmalade | Unlike jam, this contains tiny bits of citrus peel. It creates a stronger aroma and adds a touch of bitterness, so the spread isn’t too sweet.
  • Bread | This recipe works best with thick slices of bread, like Texas toast or Italian bread. I used thick-sliced artesano bread, but any dense loaf should do. You’ll get better results when it’s a bit stale, so let the package sit open on the counter overnight.
  • Eggs | Eggs are essential for the simple French toast batter.
  • Milk | Whole milk works best, but you can use whichever you prefer.
  • Vanilla | Add a bit of vanilla to deepen the creamy flavor.
  • Nutmeg | This adds warmth that goes nicely with the flavor of the nuts. 
  • Pecans | Chopped pecans add a satisfying crunch to this stuffed French toast recipe.

How to make Stuffed French Toast with Cream Cheese

Delicious stuffed French toast is easy to make! Follow the six simple steps, then dive right into the scrumptious dish!

STEP 1 | Preheat and prep

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

process steps for making orange french toast: whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla; spread bread slices with cream cheese and orange marmalade; dip in egg mixture; place on baking sheet.

STEP 2 | Assemble the sandwiches

Spread the softened cream cheese on top of a slice of bread and repeat with three other pieces. Next, spread equal amounts of the orange marmalade over the cream cheese and top with the remaining bread to make four sandwiches.

STEP 3 | Combine the milk mixture

Next, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and nutmeg in a shallow dish.

STEP 4 | Dip the toast

Then, dip the toast sandwiches into the egg mixture coating on both sides and place them on the baking sheet.

a spatula lifting a piece of orange french toast off of a baking sheet.

STEP 5 | Sprinkle with pecans

Finally, sprinkle the chopped pecans evenly over the top of each French toast sandwich.

STEP 6 | Bake and serve hot!

Slip the tray into the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the toast is golden brown. Serve hot and fresh from the oven– Enjoy!

tips

  • Be sure to use room-temperature ingredients for better results. Crack the eggs and measure the milk, then let them rest on the counter with the cream cheese while it softens.
  • A drizzle of maple syrup is all you need on this orange marmalade French toast. Honey is a wonderful alternative, or try a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a more elegant presentation.

Special Supplies

One of my favorite cookie sheets is the OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Half Sheet (with a bonus cooling rack). The textured surface allows better airflow for even baking, and it’s made with heavy-gauge aluminum steel while promoting even heat distribution.

close up shot of two slices of orange french toast with maple syrup oozing onto the plate.

Variations and substitutions

  • French Toast Casserole. Turn this incredible stuffed French toast into a breakfast casserole by spreading a layer of the marmalade and cream cheese at the bottom of a casserole dish, adding bread cubes, and pouring the egg mixture on top. Then, bake for about 30 minutes at 425 degrees F.
  • Add Toppings. While this recipe is delicious on its own, you can add fresh berries, melted butter, chocolate chips, powdered sugar, or more of your favorite toppings.
  • Feel free to use chopped walnuts if you prefer.
  • If you’re not a fan of nutmeg, swap it out for cinnamon.
  • Strawberry jam is an excellent substitute for orange marmalade if you prefer the sweeter strawberry flavor.

Frequently asked questions

Why is my orange French toast soggy?

Adding too much dairy and sugar will dilute the egg and prevent it from cooking properly. Bread that is too soft is a common culprit as well.

What kind of bread is best for French toast?

Dense, stale bread is what you want. Sourdough, Italian bread (like a brioche), or French loaf are popular choices. I used Sara Lee Artesano bread for this recipe. It’s thick-sliced and slightly sweet, which adds a nice flavor to the overall dish.

How do you keep French toast from sticking?

Cook the slices on a non-stick griddle, large skillet, or well-seasoned cast iron pan that’s been pre-heated on medium. A light coating of cooking spray or butter doesn’t hurt. Or, use a non-stick baking sheet for baked recipes.

a stream of maple syrup being poured over slices of orange french toast on a white plate sitting on a table.

Serving suggestions

Round out the plate with some crispy bacon slices or breakfast sausage and a scoop of fresh fruit! Try my Candied Bacon recipe for something extra special!

These Make-Ahead Sausage Egg Muffins are an excellent way to complete this breakfast dish, then serve it all up with a delicious Gingerbread Latte — a real brunch treat!

Storage Tips

This recipe is best enjoyed freshly made. However, if you need to store leftovers, let the recipe completely cool, then freeze it. The next day, bake the toast to reheat it from frozen or let it thaw in the fridge overnight.

a bite of orange french toast drenched in maple syrup on a fork.

Looking for more Unique Breakfast Recipes?

If you’re craving more creative breakfast and brunch dishes, you’ve come to the right place! I have many delicious recipes to choose from, like Raspberry Oatmeal Pancakes, Sausage Apple Breakfast Casserole, or Chicken and Waffles with Sriracha Honey. Check my recipe index for more ideas!

two slices of orange french toast with orange slice garnish on a white plate with a blue napkin and fork.

Behind the recipe: Orange French Toast

Life can get really busy — I bet you can relate! -— and there are times when our pantry doesn’t get restocked for a few days. When this happens, putting a meal together without making a mad dash to the store takes a little creativity!

And that’s exactly how this baked orange marmalade French toast came to be.

As my husband would say, part of the cooking fun for me is seeing what I can “concoct” from what we have on hand. Sometimes, a concoction becomes a new favorite recipe, and I get to share that excitement with you!

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slices of orange french toast on a white plate with orange slices and sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Orange Marmalade and Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Orange French toast has a creamy filling and a delicious pecan crust. Serve it hot out of the oven with powdered sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup!
4.34 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 285 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounces light cream cheese softened
  • 3 Tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 8 slices Italian bread
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Spread equal amounts of softened cream cheese on top of 4 bread slices. Next, spread equal amounts of the orange marmalade over the cream cheese and top with remaining bread to make 4 sandwiches.
  • Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and nutmeg.
  • Dip toast sandwiches into egg mixture coating on both sides and place on baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle pecans evenly over top.
  • Bake 20 minutes. Serve immediately with maple syrup.

Notes

    • Be sure to use room-temperature ingredients for better results. Crack the eggs and measure the milk, then let them rest on the counter with the cream cheese while it softens.
    • This recipe is best enjoyed freshly made. However, if you need to store leftovers, let the recipe completely cool, then freeze it. The next day, bake the toast to reheat it from frozen or let it thaw in the fridge overnight.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 285kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 11gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 153mgSodium: 374mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12g

Life Love and Good Food does not claim to be a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information shared on this site is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

Keyword french toast, Italian bread, orange marmalade
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About Sheila Thigpen

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Sheila Thigpen is the publisher of Life, Love, and Good Food — a Southern food blog — and the author of Easy Chicken Cookbook and The 5-Ingredient Fresh and Easy Cookbook. After 20+ years in the publishing industry, she retired in 2018 to focus on her own creative endeavors full time. She and her husband live near the beautiful Smoky Mountains and have a precious little granddaughter who has stolen their hearts. As an influencer, Sheila has collaborated with brands like Creamette, Kroger, HERSHEY’S, Hamilton Beach, Garafalo Pasta, OXO, Smithfield, Valley Fig Growers, and more.

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