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Baked French Toast with Fruit Topping

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Country Inn
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Active Time:  25 Minutes
Total Time:  2 Hours 40 Minutes
  Serves 4
Called pain perdu, "lost bread," in French, this recipe rescues yesterday's bread by soaking it in an egg mixture before cooking. In a departure from tradition, these directions call for baking rather than frying French toast, with delicious results.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
8 eggs
3 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 slices dense-textured white sandwich bread or brioche, each 1 inch thick
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
For Topping:
2 oranges, peeled and sectioned
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup blackberries
8 strawberries, stems removed and halved lengthwise
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons grand marnier or other orange-flavored liqueur
Confectioners' sugar
Fresh mint sprigs
maple syrup, warmed
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DIRECTIONS
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, granulated sugar, nutmeg and vanilla until well blended. Pour the mixture into a glass baking dish large enough to accommodate the bread slices in a single layer. Place the bread slices in the dish and let soak for 15 minutes. Turn over the slices, cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or for as long as overnight.


Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F for 30 minutes.


Using a spatula, carefully remove the bread from the dish and transfer to a flat plate or baking sheet. Let stand for 2 minutes to drain off the excess batter.


In a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Carefully slide a bread slice off the plate or sheet into the pan and cook until light golden brown on the underside, about 4 minutes. Turn over the slice and cook until lightly browned on the second side, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer the slice to a clean baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining butter and bread slices.


Place the toast in the oven and bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes. The toast will puff up during baking. To check for doneness, cut into the center of a piece. If it is still somewhat runny, cook for an additional 5 minutes.


FOR TOPPING: In a bowl, combine the orange segments, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, granulated sugar and liqueur. Toss gently.


TO SERVE: Transfer the toasts to warmed individual plates. Sift confectioners' sugar over the tops. Spoon equal amounts of the topping onto each plate. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve with maple syrup.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 1141
Fat. Total: 101g
Fiber: 5g
Carbohydrates, Total: 40g
Sodium: 328mg
% Cal. from Fat: 80%
Cholesterol: 732mg
Protein: 20g
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Rating: 2
by: Cynthia, CA Reviewed: 04/03/2011
Might be delicious....
I made this with part whole milk and part light soy and it was good. I will never make this recipe as is, that is for sure! I couldnot believe the 101 gm. fat PER SERVING! When most everyone has either high cholesterol or is obese, this recipe is ridiculous.
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