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Cherry Balsamic French Toast

French Toast

This Cherry Balsamic French Toast pulls out all the stops, with a decadent balsamic cherry syrup, mounds of fresh whipped cream and a dusting of powdered sugar.

Ingredients

FOR THE BALSAMIC CHERRY COMPOTE:

  • 1 1/2 pounds cherries rinsed, stemmed & pitted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Redstone Black Cherry Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

FOR THE FRENCH TOAST:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 loaf day-old brioche cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • Confectioner's sugar for dusting
  • Fresh whipped cream

Instructions:

  1. In a medium sized pot, combine cherries, sugar, vinegar and vanilla. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Transfer to a heat-safe bowl to cool. Syrup will thicken as it cools.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, salt and milk. Add cinnamon and nutmeg; whisk to combine.
  3. Layer bread slices in a shallow baking dish and pour over egg mixture. Let stand until bread begins to absorb liquid, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn bread slices and let bread absorb liquid on the opposite side, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  4. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Place a baking sheet in the oven.
  5. Working in batches, coat the bottom of a medium skillet with some of the butter and heat over medium-high heat. Add 2 slices of soaked bread and cook until golden brown. Flip bread and cook on the other side until golden brown and crisp, adding butter as necessary. Transfer French toast to baking sheet in oven to keep warm. Repeat this process with remaining butter and bread.

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