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Detail of Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

Caramel Apple-Almond Crepes

A great dish for dessert or breakfast, these filled crepes are quick and easy to make, full of wonderful flavor, and make any occasion special.

Recipe of the Week - Hearty French Toast
by Wen Zientek-Sico

Show mom how much you care with these fun and easy to make French toasts. They are great to make in the kitchen with little helpers, and older children can even make them all by themselves. Best of all, they take less than half an hour to prepare enough for the whole family to enjoy.

Hearty French Toast
These French toast hearts make a wonderful breakfast treat. It is easiest to cut the hearts from fresh bread, and then let them sit overnight to dry a little bit for perfect French toast. Fresh berries, fruit preserves, whipped cream, or warm maple syrup all are wonderful with this French toast.
hearty french toast detail16 slices French baguette, or 8 slices Italian bread
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 teaspoons cinnamon
4 tablespoons butter
powdered sugar
hearty french toast detailPreheat the oven to 200 degrees. Cut the bread slices with a heart shaped cookie cutter. Place half of the bread slices in a large rimmed baking pan. In a medium bowl, beat the eggs until well blended. Beat in the milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon until well mixed. Pour half of the egg mixture over the hearts, then turn to coat evenly. Let the bread sit in the mixture for five minutes, turning the hearts once part way through. While the hearts are soaking, heat a large heavy frying pan over medium heat. Melt half the butter in the pan. Add the hearts and cook until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Flip the hearts over and cook for another three minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to an ovenproof dish and place in the oven. While cooking the first set of hearts, soak the second batch of hearts in the remaining egg mixture. Repeat with the remaining butter and hearts. Serve hot with your favorite accompaniments.
Makes 4 servings.
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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