When a Christmas brunch is in the future, make-ahead French toast comes to the rescue. A cream cheese mixture and orange marmalade is sandwiched between slices of French bread, frozen, and ready to be cooked at your leisure.
In medium mixing bowl beat together cream cheese and sour cream until smooth; set aside. Trim off ends of bread; cut loaf crosswise in 20 slices. Spread half the slices on one side with cheese mixture. Spread remaining slices on one side with marmalade. Sandwich slices together; set aside.
In a shallow dish use a fork to beat eggs, milk, and vanilla together. Place half the almonds in another shallow dish. Dip both sides of sandwiches in egg mixture; allow excess to drip off. Coat both sides of sandwiches with almonds, adding more almonds to dish as needed.
Place coated sandwiches on baking sheet lined with waxed paper; cover and freeze 3 hours or until firm. Transfer to freezer container or bag; seal, label, and freeze up to 1 month.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place frozen French toast on large greased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until golden and heated through, turning once. Serve with maple syrup.