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Baked French Toast

Photo: Oxmoor House
Total time 41 mins
Yield Serves 6 (serving size: 3 toast slices, 1/2 cup strawberries, 4 teaspoons syrup, and 1 teaspoon powdered sugar)
Don't be surprised to hear your kids bolt out of bed when they smell this delicious dish cooking. Use French bread to cut down on the calories.

Ingredients

  • 18 (1/2-ounce) slices diagonally cut French bread (about 1 inch thick)
  • 2 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 348
  • fat 6.3 g
  • satfat 2.1 g
  • monofat 1.9 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 12.2 g
  • carbohydrate 60.5 g
  • fiber 3.3 g
  • cholesterol 101 mg
  • iron 2.5 mg
  • sodium 455 mg
  • calcium 209 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Place bread slices in a single layer in 2 (13 x 9-inch) glass or ceramic baking dishes.

  3. Combine milk and next 3 ingredients (through egg white), stirring well with a whisk. Pour milk mixture over bread, turning slices until milk mixture is absorbed. Transfer bread slices to 2 large baking sheets coated with cooking spray.

  4. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until browned and puffed, turning halfway through cooking time. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

  5. Place 3 French toast slices on each of 6 plates. Top with strawberries, syrup, and powdered sugar.

  6. Lighten Up

  7. A friendlier French Toast

  8. My lighter version uses 2% reduced-fat milk rather than heavy cream in the egg mixture--this small change saves 250 calories and 48 grams of fat per serving!

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