This past weekend I ventured to Baltimore to celebrate Halloween in Fells Point. It was a great time and we went with a great group of people. One of the best parts though, was the breakfast meal that we got down on late Sunday morning.

Our hostess just so happens to be a divine cook and loves trying new recipes, especially for larger crowds. With six mouths to feed, she whipped up two amazing one-dish casseroles that satisfied the sweet and savory taste buds, perfect for curing our post-partying headaches.

Both recipes were from Southern Living magazine, which I have never heard of before, but may just starting turning to when it comes to impressive meals. Here is what she whipped up.

One Dish Blackberry French Toast

1  cup  blackberry jam
1  (12-oz.) French bread loaf, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
1  (8-oz.) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
4  large eggs
2  cups  half-and-half
1  teaspoon  ground cinnamon
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
1/2  cup  firmly packed brown sugar

Toppings: maple syrup, whipped cream

Cook jam in a small saucepan over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring once.

Place half of bread cubes in bottom of a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with cream cheese cubes, and drizzle with melted jam. Top with remaining bread cubes.

Whisk together eggs and next 3 ingredients. Pour over bread mixture. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Cover tightly, and chill 8 to 24 hours.

Preheat oven to 325°. Bake, covered, 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 to 15 minutes or until bread is golden brown and mixture is set. Serve with desired toppings.


One-Dish Blackberry French Toast

This meal was extremely delicious and decadent and filled me right up. Our hostess also made a really great Ham and Cheese Croissant Casserole, but I can’t find the recipe at this time.  After purusing the Southern Living website, I highly recommend that you check it out for awesome recipe tips, especially as the seasons change and the Holidays approach.