Sunday, August 12, 2007

Vanilla French Toast with Peaches and Apple Butter

Vanilla French Toast with Peaches and Apple Butter

First off, this is not even remotely healthy. But, the best stuff rarely ever is.

This French toast, adapted from Bon Appetit is made like a sandwich with peaches and apple butter in the center. The vanilla butter is a little fussy, but worth the effort, I think. Also, use the freshest peaches you can find. These were not that fresh and it definitely affected the outcome. Overall, if you have a couple of zillion points to spend, this would be a delicious way to waste them.

Vanilla French Toast with Peaches and Apple Butter
1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 vanilla bean split lengthwise, divided
6 large eggs
1/2 cup whipping cream
2 tsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
12 slices country white bread
3/4 cup apple butter
6 medium peaches

Whisk butter with 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and the seeds from 1/2 of the vanilla bean.

Whisk together the eggs through the cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.

Spread slices of bread with the apple butter, and top 6 of the slices from 3 of the peaches. Reserve the other 3 peaches for garnish. Top with the other slices of bread, apple butter side down, to make a sandwich.

Melt 2 tbsp of the vanilla butter in each of two large skillets set over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, dip the sandwiches in the batter and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.

Spread remaining vanilla butter on the warm French toast and top with maple syrup, reserved peaches, and powdered sugar.

Serves 6.

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