Hi ya'll!! I wanted to come up with something that would really embrace summers in the south and the star, well Blackberry Jam, of course!!! Whether it's slathered on buttermilk biscuits or used as a dip with Ritz crackers (my favorite snack), we never get tired of it. So, we got to talking the other day on the Country Cooks Across America page on Facebook and folks were sharing all these fabulous ideas on what to do with Blackberry Jam. It was so inspiring that I just had to create something. So, Lark (from Lark's Country Heart) and I started brainstorming about how to do this up right & this is where we landed. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by these women that will stop whatever they are doing to brainstorm about a creative new dish, I just love it!!! I served this along side some good ole' country ham and it was a perfect. My hubby took one bite & I got the approving look that I long for, WAHOO!! It's creamy, buttery from the almond extract & sweet from the jam, truly a keeper. 5 STARS!!!
|Fresh from the oven|
1 loaf french bread, cut into cubes
1/2 cup of milk
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp almond extract
season with salt & pepper to taste (1/2 tsp salt & 1/4 white pepper)
1/4 cup Blackberry Jam
4 oz Cream Cheese (plus a little more for dolloping)
In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, cinnamon, extract, salt & pepper, set aside
Place cut bread cubes in a greased 8x8 baking dish
In a saucepan over med heat, melt together the cream cheese & jam, pour over bread cubes & toss. Finally pour in custard & dollop in a few extra bites of cream cheese on top.
Refriderate for up to 1 hr, if you can wait that long...NOT ME
Bake at 400 F for 25-30 mins
Big southern hugs,