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FRENCH TOAST, CARMELIZED, WITH VANILLA PEARS

Makes 4 servings. 

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: About 15 minutes

 
VANILLA PEARS
2 tbsp butter
3  large ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and sliced
1/4 cup  brown sugar
1/2 tsp  vanilla extract
 
CARAMELIZED FRENCH TOAST
2  eggs
2/3 cup  half-and-half
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp  vanilla
1/4 tsp  cinnamon
4  1 1/4-inch thick slices challah bread (or other sweet egg bread)
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp brown sugar
Vanilla bean ice cream


Melt butter in a medium skillet. Add pears, brown sugar and vanilla.
Simmer over medium-high heat for 2 to 3 minutes until pears are tender.
Remove from heat and carefully remove pears from pan with a slotted spoon.
Let pears stand for a few minutes, then drain any juices into skillet.
Place skillet back over medium-high heat and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until sauce is thickened and caramelized.
Remove from heat and set aside.

To prepare French toast, beat eggs, half-and-half, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a large shallow bowl.
Add bread slices and let soak for about 2 minutes to absorb mixture. Turn and let stand 2 minutes more.
Melt butter in a large skillet.
Sprinkle 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar on each side of bread.
Cook over medium-high heat for about 2 to 3 minutes per side until crisp, being careful not to burn the sugar.
Transfer to plates and top with pears, caramel sauce and a small scoop of ice cream.


Nutrients Per Serving: Calories 500; Protein 9 g; Fat 21 g; Carbohydrate 70 g; Cholesterol 175 mg; Fiber 4 g; Sodium 370 mg.
 

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