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Epic Pear Almond Granola French Toast

Pear Almond Granola French Toast with Pear Brown Sugar Caramel Syrup

Insanely good, this Epic Pear Almond Granola French Toast is drenched Pear Brown Sugar Caramel Syrup & topped with Mascarpone.

Ingredients

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  • 8 ounces Mascarpone, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar, optional
  • 4 tablespoons butter plus 4 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla or 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional
  • a good pinch of salt
  • about 3 cups almond pear granola, crushed, may need more, reserve a little to sprinkle over top
  • 1 loaf Italian bread, crust trimmed, cut into 8 generous one-inch slices, then each slice cut into two one & 1/2 inch logs (2 pieces of bread makes 4 logs, and 4 logs is a serving)
  • 1 recipe of pears in caramel syrup

Instructions

Mix the mascarpone and honey in a bowl with a rubber spatula until well combined; do not overmix. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Combine the milk, cream, and eggs in a mixing bowl, and whisk until smooth. Add extract of choice and a pinch of sugar; whisk to combine. Pour the granola onto a cookie sheet or large plate.

Dip 4 logs of bread into the egg mixture and let soak for 1 minute, turning to coat evenly. Let the excess drip off, then place the bread onto the bed of cereal; turn to coat completely, pressing on if necessary. Repeat with the remaining slices. The cereal will probably not completely coat the bread.

Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. When hot, spoon 1 tablespoon of the butter and a tablespoon of oil onto the skillet and use your spatula to mix it together. Place four of the logs onto skillet.  Cook until golden on all sides. Repeat with the remaining slices.

Transfer the cooked slices to a rack over a baking sheet, and bake for 4 to 5 minutes. The center of the French toast should remain somewhat soft inside.

Stack 4 logs onto each a serving plate. Add a portion of slice pears to one side. Drizzle with the syrup, top with a dollop of the mascarpone mixture. Sprinkle additional granola over the top and pass any remaining syrup.

Keywords: Almonds, Bargain Meal of the Week, Bread, Breakfast or Brunch Dish, Cream, Eggs, french toast, Granola, Mascarpone, Pear

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