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Cheddar French Toast with Dried Fruit Syrup

 Cheddar French Toast with Dried Fruit Syrup
My family loves this warm French toast on cold mornings in the North Carolina mountains where we take our yearly vacation. Each year, I alter the recipe slightly by experimenting with different dried fruits. —Jackie Lintz, Cocoa Beach, Florida
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 20 min.


  • 1-1/2 cups maple syrup
  • 1 package (8 ounces) dried fruit, diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 12 slices Italian or French bread (cut diagonally 1 inch thick)
  • 1-1/3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • In a large bowl, combine the syrup, fruit and walnuts; cover and let
  • stand overnight.
  • Cut a slit in the crust of each slice of bread to form a pocket.
  • Stuff each pocket with 2 tablespoons cheese. In a large bowl, whisk
  • the eggs, milk and salt; soak bread for 2 minutes per side. Cook on
  • a greased hot griddle until golden brown on both sides. Serve with
  • dried fruit syrup. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 768 calories, 20 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 179 mg cholesterol, 877 mg sodium, 129 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 22 g protein.