Several years ago I found a recipe for baked French toast made with apples, cinnamon, and raisins. Ever since first making the recipe for Christmas morning, it’s become a tradition for any holiday breakfast or brunch, but I always switch it up with different fruits and flavorings. This cherry almond iteration would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Cherry Almond French Toast
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 bag frozen dark pitted cherries
1 loaf day-old challah or brioche
6 lg. eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon almond extract
Cut cherries in half. Frozen cherries are easier to cut. Allow cherries to defrost or defrost in microwave.
Place butter in microwave-safe 13” X 9” casserole dish. Microwave 30 sec. to melt butter. Stir in brown sugar. Spread cherries evenly over butter/sugar mixture.
Cut bread into 1” cubes and spread evenly over fruit.
Mix eggs, milk, and almond extract until well blended. Pour over bread, soaking bread completely. Cover with foil and refrigerate 4-24 hrs.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake covered 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5 minutes or until top of bread is golden brown.
Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving with warm maple syrup.