1 loaf french bread
3/4 cup chopped slivered almonds
1 pkg cream cheese (8oz)
1 c. sliced strawberries
3 T. Powdered Confectioners Sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp almond extract
2 tsp vanilla
In a bowl beat cream cheese, sliced strawberries, and powdered confectioners sugar until smooth. Add almonds until just mixed in. Spread the cream cheese mixture into bread pocket, applying the filling liberally.
In large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, almond extract and vanilla. Pour half of egg mixture into a 15 x 10-inch (38 x 25 cm)
Bake in preheated 375oven for 15 minutes; turn over each slice and bake 10 minutes longer or until golden
brown. Alternatively, you can invert the entire pan onto a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. (This is much easier than flipping each french toast piece).
Just prior to serving sift powdered confectioners sugar over the top French toast and serve with butter and maple syrup.
Chef Notes: French toast is best prepared with bread that is at least a day old. Fresher bread tends to be more absorbent, loses its shape easily and will produce a gooey textured finished product.
1 pkg cream cheese $1.47 (store brand)
1 c. sliced strawberries .25 (2 qts for .99- Aldi's)
1 loaf day old bread (1.00)
8 eggs .64 (based on 1 doz for .99 - however, ours were free- we have chickens)
vanilla & almond extract .09
confectioners sugar .06
Total Cost of Recipe: $4.25 for 6 ppl or .70 per person
This can be made considerably cheaper if you happen to find deals on eggs, strawberries and bread. The almonds can be omitted or you could use walnuts or pecans in their place, depending on what is less expensive in your area.
Also, if you don't have access to fresh strawberries due to the time of the year, you could use 1/3 c. strawberry jam in their place.