Baked French Toast With Cherry Topping

Baked French Toast With Cherry Topping

1 1/2 C. milk

6 eggs

1/3 C. maple syrup

3 T. sugar, divided

1 T. grated orange peel

1/3 t. salt

8 slices French bread (4-by 3-by 1-in.)

4 C. sweet cherries, halved and pitted

1/2 C. orange juice

Vanilla yogurt

Combine milk, eggs, maple syrup, 2 tablespoons sugar, orange peel and salt; mix well. Pour half of mixture into each of two 9-inch-square baking dishes. Dip both sides of each slice of bread in milk mixture; arrange in the same baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Marinate cherries in orange juice and remaining 1 tablespoon of sugar overnight.

Carefully transfer slices to a nonstick, buttered baking sheet using a large spatula; allow excess liquid to drip into pan used for soaking.

Bake in preheated 400° F. oven for 15 to 18 minutes; turn slices over halfway through baking time. Top each slice with 1/2 cup cherries and a dollop of vanilla yogurt. Serve immediately.

Serves 6 to 8.

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