Saturday, March 29, 2008

Berry French Toast

This is quite possibly the easiest French toast - dump some stuff in a casserole dish, dredge the bread, slap it on top of the berries, and bake. I used up most of the remaining frozen strawberries we picked from last year's trip to the farm, and I also used some frozen blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. We used a baguette I got as a gift for my bridal shower (long story - thanks, Michelle!) and that was that. It was easy and good, but we didn't really like how soggy the bread got. I'm not sure if it's because we used a softer bread, but ours was really soggy. I think we like our french toast a little bit crispier. So for us this is not a make-again, but if you don't mind soggy french toast, then this is for you.

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Berry French Toast
Cooking Light, April 2004

This dish is great for lazy mornings when you don't feel like standing at the stove. Egg-rich French toast bakes atop a mixture of sweetened berries.

2 cups frozen blueberries
1 1/2 cups frozen blackberries
1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cooking spray
1 cup fat-free milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 (8-ounce) loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch slices
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine first 6 ingredients in a 13 x 9- inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Combine milk, vanilla, egg whites, and egg in a large, shallow baking dish, stirring well with a whisk. Add bread, turning to coat. Let stand 5 minutes, turning bread occasionally. Arrange bread in a single layer over berries. Sprinkle evenly with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Sprinkle evenly with powdered sugar.

Yield: 6 servings

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