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French Toast

Ingredients:

These ingredients are assuming you have a large loaf like me(I got about 18 slices out of it) and that you are OKAY with some extra egg mixture.  I used it to make my French Toast Dumplings!

  • 1 loaf Challah bread (I got my loaf from Lotta's Bakery on Polk Street, what great local bakery!)
  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • dash of nutmeg
  • dash of cinnamon
  • butter
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons crushed raspberries
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 12 pieces of bacon

Directions:

If you want bacon on the side, an easy way to do it without thinking to much is to bake it at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes on a large cookie sheet.  After it was done baking I turned off the oven and left the cookie sheet inside to keep the bacon warm and crispy while I finished up the toast.  Just keep an eye on it while you work on your french toast!

  1. Crack all of your eggs into a large bowl
  2. Add the half and half and whisk thoroughly
  3. Toss in the vanilla and sprinkle a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon on top.  It should look like you added a few freckles, but shouldn't significantly change the color
  4. Slice your loaf into 3/4 inch slices
  5. Heat up a large frying pan on medium heat (if you have a skillet, use that!  I just don't have that upgrade yet :))
  6. Add a large slice of butter.  And I mean large!  More butter the better.
  7. Dunk your slices of challah into the egg mixture one at a time.  Make sure it is well soaked.  It should be borderline falling apart when you put in onto the hot pan.
  8. Put 3-4 slices on the pan and cook for about 5 minutes each side.  I like mine a little crispier, so I let them cook a little longer on each side.
  9. As you finish cooking the slices in batches place on a plate and put into the warm oven with the bacon (if you aren't cooking bacon, just turn the oven on very low)
  10. Combine the ricotta, strawberry, and raspberry in a bowl
  11. After you have cooked all the slices, take 2-3 slices a person, grab a couple of pieces of bacon and add a large dollop of the fruit and cheese.
  12. Drizzle with syrup, and enjoy!
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