1 tub (8oz.) whipped cream cheese ½ apricot preserves*
1 tbsp. brown sugar 5 eggs
3 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided 1 cup milk
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract, divided 2 tbsp. butter, divided
16 slices Italian bread (½ inch thick)
Mix cream cheese, sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon and 1 tsp. vanilla in small bowl until well blended. Spread 2 tbsp. cream cheese mixture on each of 8 slices of bread. Spread 1 tbsp. preserves on each of the remaining slices of bread. Put bread slices together as sandwich.
Beat eggs with wire whisk in baking dish. Stir in milk, remaining vanilla and cinnamon until well blened. Dip sandwiches in egg mixture soaking for 2 minutes on eachside.
Melt 1 tbsp. butter in large nonstick skillet. Place 4 of the sandwiches in skillet. Cook 4-5 minutes per side or until golden brown.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Makes 8 servings
*or any preserves of your choice.