This is a fancy French toast that I have made a few times for Father's Day. (because I don't actually like French toast, but Marc loves it)
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 c. peach preserves
1 t. vanilla
1/4 c. chopped walnuts (I use pecans)
2 T. Bailey's Irish cream, optional
8 slices Texas-style thick bread
1/2 c. apple juice
1/2 c. orange juice
1/2 c. puréed and strained frozen raspberries
1/4 c. light corn syrup
2 T. water
1 T. cornstarch
3 large eggs, beaten
3/4 c. half and half
1 T. vanilla
1 T. Frangelico liqueur, optional
1/4 c. vegetable oil
fresh fruit, such as apple slices or grapes
mint leaves for garnish
Make filling by combining cream cheese, peach preserves, a teaspoon of vanilla, nuts, and Irish cream. Beat until smooth.
To make sauce, place apple and orange juices and raspberries in a pan. Add corn syrup and simmer gently. Combine water and cornstarch; add to saue and cook until slightly thickened. Set aside.
Spread filling on half of bread slices and top with remaining slices.
Combine eggs, half and half, vanilla and liqueur. Dip bread in egg mixture, completely covering, but do not soak.
Heat oil in a nonstick sauté pan, and cook bread until brown. Keep warm while browning remaining slices.
To serve, cut French toast diagonally in quarters. Pour a little sauce on each plate and stand toast wedges upright around the sauce. Arrange fruit on plate. Lightly sprinkle toast with powdered sugar, and garnish with mint leaves.