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  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously butter a parchment-lined 9" x 13" pan.

  2. To make the custard: Whisk together all the ingredients in an 8" round pan.

  3. To make the sandwiches: Spread 2 tablespoons of cream cheese on one slice of bread; spread 2 tablespoons jam over the cream cheese. Top with another slice of bread, press to seal, and put the sandwich into the egg mixture. Let soak for at least 1 minute before flipping it over. Drain well, then transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches (it's efficient to have one sandwich soaking while you assemble the next one) until all are made.

  5. Bake for 25 minutes; remove from the oven, butter the tops of the sandwiches, and flip them over. Return to the oven for 20 minutes more.

  6. To serve: Cut the sandwiches in quarters, transfer to a warm serving dish, and serve with warm syrup or fruit sauce.

Tips from our Bakers

  • Feel free to make up the recipe a day ahead, and instead of baking, simply cover and refrigerate it overnight. In the morning, take it out, uncover, and put on the counter as the oven preheats. It may need another 5 minutes' baking time, but it will make your morning much more relaxed.