August 15, 2012

Peach French Toast Bake

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Morning my lovelies!

I am getting really excited for my interview with Ellie Krieger tomorrow afternoon. If you have any questions you would like her to answer and you haven't told me yet, go here and write me your question.

Life has been so busy lately, but all very exciting. My bridal shower was this weekend and it was perfect. After a huge morning down pour on Saturday the skies cleared just in time for guests to arrive and enjoy the afternoon. Paul and I recieved some beautiful gifts along with spending time with great friends and family which always makes us realize how lucky we are.
So in preparation to talking with Ellie, I decided to make one of her mouth-watering breakfast bakes for the morning after my bridal shower for anyone that decided to stay late into the night and crash over. I pulled out the works to 'thank' our bridal party for all the work they put in and my father and his wife for hosting such a perfect day for us.

There were veggie and sausage quiche's, bagels and cream cheese, strawberries and coconut fruit meadley, freshly sliced cheeses, mimosas, coffee and of course, an Ellie Krieger special, Peach French Toast Bake.
This French Toast Bake was outstanding and perfect for a breakfast or brunch for a crowd. I made it the night before and morning of I just popped it in the oven and it was ready to serve. This bake was light but held much of the classic flavors we all love in french toast, just without all the uneccissary sugars and syrups. You can serve this bake with more fresh fruit and yogurt or just enjoy by itself.

Our morning after party crew really enjoyed this, even more so because they were able to taste a dish from the woman I would be interviewing this Thursday and had talked so much about... even the pups got a nibble. There were smiles all around for the perfect shower weekend.
Peach French Toast Bake
Total Time: 8 hr 55 min

Servings: 6

Cooking spray
1 large whole-wheat baguette (about 8 ounces)
4 whole eggs
4 egg whites
1 cup low fat milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups sliced peaches, fresh or frozen
1/2 lemon, juiced (about 1 1/2 tbsp)

3 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Spray a 9 by 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Slice the baguette into 1/2-inch slices and arrange the slices in a single layer in the baking pan. Whisk together the eggs, egg whites, milk and vanilla. Pour the egg mixture over the bread in the pan. In a medium bowl, toss peaches with the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of the brown sugar. Scatter the peach slices evenly on top of the bread. Combine the remaining brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover and bake for 40 minutes.

Serving suggestion: Top with a dollop of vanilla yogurt, a drizzle of maple syrup and a side of Canadian bacon for a all around perfect dish.

Recipe by Ellie Krieger
Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño 

Serves: 6
 Calories: 267
Total Fat: 6 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.5 grams
Protein: 13 grams
Total carbohydrates: 41 grams
Sugar: 23 grams
Fiber: 5 grams
Cholesterol: 144 milligrams

Don't forget to let me know your questions for Ellie on healthy snacking tips and tricks? Tomorrow is going to be a blast.



Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers said...

I'm so happy for you! Your bridal shower sounds like fun, do share some pictures! The french toast looks amazing!!! I need to make some soon!!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie said...

Wow look at that spread! Love this french toast and so excited for you!

mjskit said...

Your French toast looks delicious! It's like a peach bread pudding - Yum!