WHITE LACE INN CHERRY ALMOND CREAM CHEESE FRENCH TOAST

Source: White Lace Inn, Door County, Wisconsin

Ingredients:

1 loaf white bread
4 cups frozen Door County cherries, rinsed and drained
16 ounces softened cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup granulated sugar, divided
2 teaspoons almond extract, divided
1/2 loaf French bread
7 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup sliced almonds

Cut the loaf of white bread into cubes. Place the cubes into a
greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Spread the cherries over the bread.

Microwave the cream cheese to soften it. Add 1/2 cup sugar, 1
teaspoon almond extract and sour cream to cream cheese. Spread over
cherries.

Cut ten 1-inch slices of French bread. Place the slices over the
cherries.

Beat the eggs well; add the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon
almond extract, the milk and cream, and beat again. Pour the egg and
milk mixture over the French bread slices. Cover and refrigerate
overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake covered with aluminum foil
for 40 to 50 minutes, then uncovered for the last 10 minutes to
brown slightly. Let set for about 10 minutes.

Sprinkle top with powdered sugar and sliced almonds before slicing
into squares.

Makes 10 servings.

B-man