1 (12-ounce) loaf French bread, cut into 16 (1/4-inch-thick) slices
1/2 cup strawberry preserves
2 cups fat-free milk
3/4 cup egg substitute
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons chopped pecans
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
How to Make It
To prepare sauce, combine granulated sugar and water in a medium, heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat 3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Cover and cook over medium heat 1 minute. Uncover and cook 5 minutes or until light golden (do not stir).
Remove from heat, and let stand 1 minute. Add butter; stir until melted. Add evaporated milk; stir constantly. Place pan over medium heat; cook 3 minutes or until caramel melts and mixture is smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and salt.
To prepare French toast, pour sauce into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 8 bread slices in dish. Spread preserves evenly over bread; top with remaining bread.
Combine fat-free milk and next 6 ingredients (through eggs). Pour milk mixture over bread; sprinkle with pecans.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes or until top is golden. Let cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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This is a good recipe, but truthfully I don't think it's worth the trouble. I served it to friends and they agreed it was good, but felt there was alot going on with it and preferred more traditional flavors (we taste-tested it with the Easy French Toast Casserole). The caramel sauce takes much longer than the 10 mins listed in the recipe - it took almost that for my sugar to dissolve into the water - and probably another 15 mins for the sugar to turn golden. So I'm standing at the stove trying to hurry the whole thing along so I can get it in the oven to be ready when friends arrive. I'd say prep on this is about an hour with all the slicing bread, spreading jelly, whisking eggs, and then the caramel sauce! honestly, it just wasn't worth all the effort. Try the easy french toast casserole - or the Berry French Toast. I won't be making this again simply because there are better recipes.
This was a great success at breakfast with my brother and his family. I have made this twice, once using the sauce recipe included and another time using a jar of caramel ice-cream topping. If you are short of time, I'd recommend using already prepared caramel topping. It's even better and saves time.
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