Recipe by - Carla -
As an American living in Europe, where the typical breakfast is a roll with a few slices of cheese, I can tell you first hand the one thing you soon miss is the comfort of a good American breakfast! I LOVE this recipe and the cookbook it comes from: "A Real American Breakfast" by Cheryl Alters Jamison is a collection of traditional and innovative breakfast recipes you are sure to enjoy.
- 1 -1 1⁄4 lb white bread, unsliced
- 1⁄4 lb cream cheese, softened
- 1 -2 tablespoon sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 (14 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
- 1 1⁄4 cups whole milk
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pinch salt
- unsalted butter
- vegetable oil
- confectioners' sugar
- maple syrup, warmed
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 300F (150C).
- Butter a baking sheet.
- Cut bread into 8 equal slices about 1 inch thick.
- Mash the cream cheese with 1 tbsp sugar and almond extract in a medium bowl.
- Stir in the cranberries and taste.
- Add more sugar if the flavor is too tart.
- The mixture should be thick and chunky.
- In a shallow dish or bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, 1 tbsp sugar, vanilla, and salt.
- With a serrated knife, cut a pocket into the side of each piece of bread, carefully slicing into but not through the bread.
- Spoon equal portions of the filling into each slice.
- Dunk the stuffed bread slices into the egg mixture and soak for several minutes, turning if needed to coat evenly, until saturated but short of falling apart.
- Warm 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp oil together on a griddle or in a large heavy skillet over medium heat.
- Briefly cook the French toast in batches until golden brown and lightly crisp, turning once.
- Place the first slices on the baking sheet and keep them warm in the oven.
- Continue cooking the remaining slices, adding more butter and oil as needed.
- When all of the French toast is ready, dust it with confectioners' sugar, sprinkling it through a strainer.
- Serve immediately with maple syrup.