French Toast With Pears, Brie, and Cinnamon

"A delicious twist on french toast that can be made-ahead and chilled for up to 24 hours. Great for brunch, holidays, and special occasions."
 
French Toast With Pears, Brie, and Cinnamon created by Baby Kato
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1hr 5mins
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ingredients

  • 3 medium pears, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 12 teaspoon snipped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 14 -16 slices French bread (half-inch slices, about 1 loaf)
  • 8 ounces brie cheese, rind removed and cheese thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 12 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 14 teaspoon salt

directions

  • Grease a 9x13 baking dish; set aside. In a large skillet cook pears, brown sugar, and rosemary in 2 T butter over medium heat for 4-5 mins or until pears are tender.
  • Arrange 7 or 8 bread slices in a single layer in prepared dish. Spoon pear mixture and arrange Brie on bread slices. Top each stack with a bread slice. Brush bread with melted butter.
  • Combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over bread. In a medium bowl whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Slowly pour over bread slices. Cover and chill for 1-24 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 mins or until edges are puffed and golden. Let stand for 10 minutes. Serve warm with maple syrup, berries, and honey, or cranberry conserve.
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"I am the wife of my wonderful husband John and the mother of 3 boys, Zander 5yrs, Asher 2 1/2yrs, and Tiernan 10 months. We live in and love Alaska. I love to hike and camp and go running in the mountains. I work part time as a hairstylist in a little salon in my home. I also enjoy scrap-booking, photography, and reading a really good book(my latest was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer). And I love to cook, especially bake! How I rate recipes: 5 Stars - This recipe is perfect. I would recommend it to others and would definitely make again. 4 Stars - This recipe was good but I would change something in it next time. 3 Stars - This is a recipe I would not make again, but it was ok. 2 Stars - I would not make this recipe again and we didn't like it at all. 1 Star - This recipe did not work out or the taste was unappealing and I wouldn't make it again."
 

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  1. twobhighlyfavor
    Ingredients ask for 14-16 slice bread, but directions ask for 6-7. Which one is it
     
  2. ashwee
    This was a very good french toast. One of the best I have ever had. The only thing I didn't like was the time quoted for the recipe. It took me a lot longer to prep! This isn't true for only this recipe though. Many recipes seem to assume you already have the ingredients already chopped, cleaned, rind removed, etc. This takes time! It's just irritating and makes me feel like an idiot when I've been at a 2 hr. recipe for 3 hrs. End rant... Anyway, I broiled the french toast for a minute before I took it out of the oven. This helped to crisp up the top a bit and caramelize the sugar. Great recipe overall and it made me feel fancy. :)
     
  3. Tish_the_Dish
    This is delicious! We first sampled it at a B&B in New Orleans in January and I made it for a women's brunch to rave reviews. The rosemary is such a delicious and unexpected twist. Thank you for sharing!
     
  4. dbihlman
    I made this for guests over the holidays and it was a hit! I made it exactly as submitted. The pears and rosemary are a great combination. The leftovers heated up nicely the next day in the microwave. Some guests suggested syrup with the leftovers and that tasted great too. Thanks for an awesome recipe!
     
  5. Ducissa
    Delicious! Make it exactly as written and was wonderful. I like the fruit and cheese so much that next time I will make it without the Rosemary. The Rosemary is very good, but I like the fruit better. It cooked to perfection with a drip pan underneath to catch the drips of egg and milk toward the end of the cooktime. Will make again.
     
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