Raspberry mascarpone stuffed French toast is an indulgent breakfast. Layers of bread, mascarpone cheese and tart raspberries are combined in a richly thick and decadent cream.
Raspberry Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast
Cooking spray 12 slices white bread, cut into pieces (best to use a hardier bread such as Italian or Challah 2 packages (8 oz) mascarpone, scooped out into chunks (see notes) 2 cups fresh raspberries, divided 12 eggs, beaten 2 cups half and half 1/2 cup maple syrup
2 cups water 2 cups sugar 4 tablespoons cornstarch 3 tablespoons butter
Coat bottom and sides of 7×11? or 9×13? baking dish with cooking spray (if using the smaller size, bake it much longer due to the depth of the ingredients – - nearly one hour). Place half of the bread pieces in the dish. Scatter the chunks of cheese over the bread. Scatter 1 cup of the berries over the mascarpone cheese. Top with the remaining bread cubes. I a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, and syrup. Pour over the bread mixture. With a flat spatula, gently push down the bread so that every piece is soaked in the egg-cream-syrup mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Remove foil and bake 30 minutes or more until puffed up. As mentioned above, if using the smaller baking pan size, as I did, the baking time is nearly one hour. I also turned the oven up to 375 during the last half hour of baking. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk together the water, sugar, and cornstarch. Bring to a boil over medium high heat or until thickened. Gently fold in the remaining 1 cup raspberries and the butter. Stir until the butter melts. Remove the French toast from the oven and serve immediately with the sauce.
http://stlcooks.com/2013/08/raspberry-mascarpone-stuffed-french-toast/ Notes: If you do not have, cannot find. or want to pay the huge price for mascarpone cheese; you can make you own by combiningthe following: 1(8 ounce) package cream cheese, ¼ cup heavy whipping cream ,2½ tablespoons sour cream. While it is not identical, it is VERY close.
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