By Garnish and Gaze
Serving Size: 9 Prep Time: 15 mins Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
Ingredients for French Toast:
1 loaf (9 slices) artisan French bread (the kind that has a hard crusty outside)
6 eggs, beaten
3 ½ cup half-and-half
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan with butter.
Slice French bread into thick 1 inch slices (you only need 9). Lay the bread on a baking sheet and bake for 6 minutes on each side to dry out the bread.
In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Beat in the eggs, half-and-half, and vanilla.
Dip each slice of bread in the mixture and then arrange staggered in pan like shingles. Pour the remaining mixture into the pan. Cover the pan with a lid or plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight (at least 6 hours).
Ingredients for Topping:
½ cup + 2 tablespoons sweetened coconut flakes (divided)
⅓ cup + 2 tablespoons sliced almonds (divided)
¼ cup flour
¼ cup sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp salt
2 Tbsp milk
½ stick butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a blender or food processor, puree ½ cup coconut, ⅓ cup almonds, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Spread the paste over the soaked bread. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons coconut and 2 tablespoons almonds over the top.
Bake for 50 minutes and then allow the casserole to cool for 40 minutes to an hour before serving
Ingredients for Garnish:
Raspberry sauce (recipe below)
Garnish with powdered sugar, fresh berries, and raspberry sauce. (You can also top with whipped cream or syrup.)
Ingredients for Raspberry Sauce:
1 (12 ounce) package frozen raspberries
½ cup water
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp corn starch
Add all sauce ingredients to a small pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes until sauce thickens. Strain sauce through a mesh strainer and into a bowl to remove the seeds. You will have to push the sauce around with a spatula to help it through. You will be left with a thick paste of seeds that you can discard. Cover the strained sauce and refrigerate.
Recipe Source: Slightly adapted from Taste of Home (different bread, more cinnamon, slightly different amounts of various ingredients, topped with raspberry sauce)
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