Sunday, July 5, 2009

Recipe for Decadent French Toast

This has absolutely nothing to do with running and isn't even remotely healthy. It's a recipe for decadent french toast that's prepared the night before and baked in the morning. The caramel on the french toast and the strawberry creme cheese make this a very yummy breakfast. It takes 45 minutes to bake so while its in the oven, go out for a run and pre-burn some of the calories you'll be consuming.

18 slices of regular white bread or 12 slices of Texas toast
1 small container strawberry cream cheese
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tbsp corn syrup
6 eggs
2 cups milk
2tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sugar
Whipped Cream

The night before: Spread a thin layer of cream cheese between layers of bread (3 if regular, 2 if Texas toast). Set aside. On low-medium heat combine brown sugar, butter and corn syrup. Stir often, until mixture comes together and begins to bubble. Immediately pour into a Pam sprayed 9x13pan and spread with a wooden spoon to ensure even coverage. Set sandwiches on top, side by side, filling the 9x13pan.
In a separate bowl, beat eggs, add milk and vanilla, mixing well after each addition. Pour egg mixture over top making sure there are no dry spots especially corners. Cover with plastic and place in fridge overnight.

In the morning: Wake up cheery with a smile and give your loved one a cup of tea or coffee. Preheat oven to 350. Bake for 45 minutes or until tops are toasted but not burned. Slice Strawberries, add lemon juice and sugar and stir until coated. Remove 9x13 pan from oven and cut outline of sandwiches with a knife so they are easy to remove. Immediately invert each sandwich back into its own plate so the caramel is on the top...yes, the top is on the bottom. This must be done quickly as the caramel will stick to the pan as it cools. Add strawberries, whipped cream and enjoy.

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