Kicked Up French Toast
Source of Recipe
Courtesy of Emeril Lagasse
Recipe Link: http://http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,,FOOD_9936_16582,00.html
List of Ingredients
8 slices stale cinnamon-raisin bread*
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups milk
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Powdered sugar, as topping
Maple or Cane Syrup, as desired
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Lay the bread on a flat work surface. Spread 4 slices with a heaping tablespoon of cream cheese, and top each with the remaining slices of bread.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. Place the bread flat in a casserole dish and cover with the egg mixture. Let soak for 5 to 10 minutes.
*(NOTE: If using fresh bread, do not soak longer than 5 minutes, as the bread will get too soggy.)
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in the pan. Add as many slices of soaked bread to the pan as will fit in 1 layer, and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from the pan, place on a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan and cook the remaining bread.
Sprinkle the French toast with powdered sugar and serve immediately with syrup.