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Dessert French Toast with Fresh Berries and Cinnamon Vanilla Sauce

Dessert French Toast with Fresh Berries and Cinnamon Vanilla Sauce
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  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk, divided
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 loaf French bread (baquette)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 pint fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries and/or blackberries)
  • Powdered sugar, vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream (optional)


WHISK together eggs, 1/2 cup evaporated milk, butter, 1 tablespoon sugar, ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and salt in a medium bowl. Slice 8 pieces of bread 1-inch thick on the diagonal to 6-inch lengths. Place bread in a flat-bottomed shallow dish. Pour egg mixture over bread and turn bread to coat evenly. Let soak for 2 minutes. Melt butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add 4 slices of the bread and cook on each side until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining bread.

COMBINE remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon sticks in medium saucepan. Gradually stir in remaining cup evaporated milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes just to a boil and slightly thickens. Remove from heat and remove cinnamon sticks; stir in remaining teaspoon vanilla extract.

PLACE 2 slices of French toast on 4 warm plates. Arrange berries on top of each slice; spoon sauce over berries. Garnish with cinnamon, powdered sugar, ice cream or whipped cream, if desired. Serve immediately.

1 pint fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries and/or blackberries), 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup in small pan over low heat, stirring just until berries soften and let go of their juice. Garnish as above.

Nutritional Information

% Daily Value *

  • Total Fat 16g 25%
  • Saturated Fat 8g 40%
  • Cholesterol 245mg 82%
  • Sodium 560mg 23%
  • Carbohydrates 58g 19%
  • Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
  • Vitamin A 8%
  • Vitamin C 120%
  • Calcium 25%
  • Iron 20%
  • Sugars 26g
  • Protein 15g

* Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.