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Strawberry-Filled French Toast with Caramel and Pecans

Randy Mayor
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1 piece)

Ingredients

  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • French Toast:
  • Cooking spray
  • 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

Nutrition Information

  • calories 332
  • caloriesfromfat 18 %
  • fat 6.7 g
  • satfat 1.7 g
  • monofat 2.9 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 11.9 g
  • carbohydrate 55.2 g
  • fiber 1.6 g
  • cholesterol 58 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 453 mg
  • calcium 164 mg

How to Make It

  1. 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).

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Combine fat-free milk and next 6 ingredients (through eggs). Pour milk mixture over bread; sprinkle with pecans.

  5. Preheat oven to 350°.

  6. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes or until top is golden. Let cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Cook's Notes

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