Weekend guests? Make this scrumptious orange-scentedvanilla French toast with brown sugar sauce. Its sweetand easy!
Recipe: Make-Ahead VanillaFrench Toast
French Toast Ingredients:1 (1-pound) loaf French bread 1 1/2 cups vanilla-flavored half-and-half 1 cup milk 6 large eggs 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange peel, if desiredSauce Ingredients:1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1/2 cup vanilla-flavored half-and-half 1/4 cup butter or margarine 2 tablespoons light corn syrup 1/2 cup sliced almonds*Maple syrup, if desired
Slice bread into 12 (1-inch thick) slices.Arrange bread slices in bottom of greased 13×9-inch baking dish;set aside.
Combine all remaining French toast ingredientsin medium bowl. Beat at low speed until well mixed. Pour mixtureover bread, covering all bread surfaces. Cover; refrigerate 4hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Meanwhile,combine all sauce ingredients except almonds in small saucepan.Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until butter ismelted (3 to 4 minutes). Continue cooking until mixture comesto a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute.Remove from heat.
Sprinkle bread with almonds. Pour halfof sauce mixture over bread mixture in pan. Bake, uncovered,for 35 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes.
Just before serving, heat remaining sauce;pour over French toast. Serve French toast warm with maple syrup,if desired.
Makes 6 servings.
*Substitute chopped pecans.
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