Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins
This recipe has been a "fixer-upper" for a long time now. Have being playing around with ingredients and quantities and can't tell you where I found the original recipe. This is by no-means diet friendly!
- 8 slices French bread or 8 slices challah or 8 slices brioche bread
- 8 tablespoons butter or 8 tablespoons margarine
- 3⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 -3 tablespoons Amaretto or 2 -3 tablespoons other almond liqueur
- 1⁄2 cup golden raisin
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 1 1⁄2 cups whole milk
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup toasted & slivered almonds, chopped
- 4 eggs, lightly beaten
- cooking spray
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 dash nutmeg
- 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Spray 13x9" baking dish, generously.
- Soak raisins in 2 tablespoons of Amaretto only, add 1 tablespoon more if needed, after raisins are plumped, drain.
- Butter both sides of bread and place in baking dish, single layer, covering the bottom of dish.
- In a bowl, toss almonds with sugar and sprinkle all over the bread.
- Drizzle maple syrup and Amaretto-soaked raisins over almonds.
- In a bowl, mix eggs, vanilla extract, almond extract, half-and-half, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Pour evenly over bread slices.
- Let baking dish rest for 30 minutes, before placing in oven.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes, until brown.
- Working rapidly, invert on serving tray, cut into squares, and sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
- Enjoy and serve piping hot!
use 11 ounces Challah bread, 5 tablespoons butter not margarine, Pandan Essence out of almond extract, mixed raisins, skipped the half and half, pecans were used that`s what I had on hand, 5 eggs and cut back on the sugar by 1/2. I pressed down on the bread to help it absorb the egg mixture. I didn`t invert because I thought this was very eye appealing as is. I can see if the nuts raisins and sugar were placed in the pan first as in a pineapple upside down cake I would have inverted. I`m sure my version is still high in fat but not 56 percent of the DV. It sure did taste really really really really good. Thank you!
We had this for our Sunday morning breakfast and it's a winner! I used homemade Amaretto and whipping cream instead of half and half. After the 30 minutes resting time it didn't look like the bread was soaking up the milk mixture very well but once it went in the oven the bread puffed right up. DH has another new favorite!