Friday, February 29, 2008

So much bread leftovers... that even possible? In our household, yes! So I decided to try another cooking challenge combining all my leftovers with cinnamon and ended up with french toast for dessert...

Dessert French Toast with Fresh Berries and Cinnamon Vanilla Sauce

4 large eggs
1/2 cup evaporated Milk
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1 French baguette
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch 2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup evaporated Milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries and/or blackberries)
Powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream (optional)


WHISK together eggs, evaporated milk, butter, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract and salt in a medium bowl. Slice bread 1-inch thick on the diagonal. Place bread in a flat-bottomed shallow dish. Pour egg mixture over bread and turn bread to coat evenly. Let soak for 2 minutes. Melt butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add bread and cook on each side until golden, about 2 minutes per side.

COMBINE sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon sticks in a double boiler. Bring water to a boil and then gradually stir in evaporated milk into sugar mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes just to a boil and slightly thickens. Remove from heat and remove cinnamon sticks; stir in vanilla extract.PLACE 2 slices of French toast on plates. Arrange berries on top of each slice; spoon sauce over berries. Garnish with cinnamon, powdered sugar, ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. Serve immediately.

Hope it warms your tummy like it did ours. Enjoy!

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