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Lost Bread with California Golden Raisins (Pain Perdu)

Lost Bread

Exciting California flavor gives a new twist to a New Orleans classic French toast.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound French bread, cut in 1-inch cubes
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced bananas (about 2 bananas)
  • 6 ounces bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice and cooked crisp
  • 1 cup California golden raisins
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pure maple syrup, as needed

Instructions

  1. In very large mixing bowl combine bread cubes, cream cheese cubes, banana slices, cooked bacon pieces and golden raisins; mix together well. Spread evenly in 9 x 13-inch nonreactive baking pan.
  2. In same mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, sugar, butter and 1/4 cup maple syrup to combine well. Pour over bread mixture in pan, pressing bread mixture into egg mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (300 degrees F for convection oven). Remove plastic wrap and sprinkle top of bread mixture with cinnamon. Cover with foil and bake 30 minutes; then, uncover and bake 45 minutes more, until lightly browned and set.
  4. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes. Cut 3 x 4 into 12 squares and serve warm with warm syrup to pour on top.

Serves: 12 | Serving Size: 10 1/2 ounces

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories 680 (45% from fat); Total Fat 34g (sat 19g, mono 11g, poly 2g, trans 0g); Cholesterol 265mg; Protein 17g; Carbohydrate 76g; (Dietary Fiber 3g; Sugars 49g); Iron 3mg; Sodium 530mg; Calcium 190mg; Potassium 698mg

Recipe and photo credit: California Raisin Marketing Board


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