Stuffed French Toast

In France this breakfast is pain perdu, which, loosely translated, means lost bread or French toast. This recipe is a good way to serve day-old breads.



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Yield: 10 to 12 slices
Prep Time: 30 mins
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Ingredients
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    1  8  ounce package 
    cream cheese, softened
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    1  12  ounce jar 
    apricot preserves (about 1 cup)
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    1   teaspoon 
    vanilla
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    1/2  cup 
    chopped walnuts
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    1  16  ounce 
    French bread
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    eggs
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    1   cup 
    whipping cream
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    ground nutmeg
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    1/2  teaspoon 
    vanilla
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    1/2  cup 
    orange juice
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    Fresh or frozen raspberries (optional)

Directions
1.
In a small mixing bowl beat together cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of the apricot preserves, and the 1 teaspoon vanilla until fluffy. Stir in nuts; set aside. Cut bread into ten to twelve 1-1/2-inch-thick slices; cut a pocket in the top of each. Fill each pocket with about 1-1/2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture.
2.
Beat together eggs, whipping cream, nutmeg, and the 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Using tongs, dip the filled bread slices in the egg mixture, being careful not to squeeze out the filling. Cook on a lightly greased griddle over medium heat about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Keep warm in a 300 degree F oven while cooking remaining slices.
3.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan heat together the remaining apricot preserves and the orange juice. To serve, drizzle the apricot preserves mixture over hot French toast. If desired, top with raspberries. Makes 10 to 12 slices.
Variation
  • For a lower-fat version: Use reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel); substitute 1 cup refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, for the whole eggs; and use fat-free milk instead of the whipping cream.
    353 Calories, 11 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 18 mg cholesterol, 428 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 11 g protein.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 456, Fat, total (g) 24, chol. (mg) 143, sat. fat (g) 12, carb. (g) 52, fiber (g) 1, pro. (g) 10, sodium (mg) 383, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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