Strawberry Stuffed French Toast with Praline Bacon

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient — Preparation Method 

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                        —–French Toast—– 

   8      ounces        cream cheese 

   2      tablespoons   strawberry Jam 

   1      15 inch       loaf French bread, cut in half lengthwise 

   8      large         eggs, beaten 

   1 1/2  teaspoons     vanilla extract 

   1 1/3  cups          milk 

     1/4  cup           sugar 

   4      pints         strawberries 

                        Powdered Sugar for garnish 

                        —–Praline Bacon—– 

   2      pounds        bacon 

   6      tablespoons   sugar 

   3      tablespoons   chili powder 

     1/2  cup           pecans, finely chopped 

1. In a food processor, mix together the cream cheese and the jam.  Spread 

the mixture on both sides of the bread.  Put the bread halves together, 

forming a loaf again.  In a large bowl, beat the eggs, vanilla, milk and 

sugar.  pour into a flat dish.  Sprinkle the sugar over the strawberries and 

set aside.  When ready to prepare for serving, cut the bread into 3/4 inch 

thick slices and soak the slices in the egg mixture.  Brown on both sides on 

a lightly greased griddle.  Top with the strawberries and dust with the 

powdered sugar.  Serve immediately 

—– Praline Bacon —– 

1. On the rack of a large broiling pan arrange the bacon slices in a single 

layer and cook in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes, or until the bacon 

just begins to turn golden.  In a small bowl stir together the sugar, chili 

and pecans.  Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the bacon with the 

sugar mixture.  Return the pan to the oven and cook until the bacon is crisp 

and browned, about 5 minutes.  transfer the bacon, praline side up to paper 

towels to drain.  Serve Warm.