Apricot Stuffed French Toast



Spray 13x9x2-inch baking dish with cooking spray. With serrated knife, cut bread into eight 1 1/2-inch thick slices. Cut a 4-inch slit in each slice, almost to bottom of slice to form pocket for stuffing. In small bowl, blend cream cheese and spreadable fruit until smooth. Spread cheese mixture in pocket of each bread slice; place filled slices in prepared baking dish. In bowl, with wire whisk, beat 1/4 cup syrup, milk and eggs until blended; pour evenly over bread slices. Cover tightly; refrigerate 2 hours or overnight (bread will completely absorb custard). Preheat oven to 450F. Uncover; bake 15 to 20 minutes until edges of bread are browned. Meanwhile, in small saucepan over low heat, heat butter and remaining 3/4 cup syrup until butter melts; keep warm. Before serving, sprinkle toast with confectioners' sugar, if desired. Serve with warm syrup mixture.

Makes 8 servings.
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