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French Toast Pudding with Winter Fruits
EatingWell Test Kitchen
“Crisp French toast tops a fragrant compote of apples, pears and prunes for a great breakfast treat or comforting dessert.”
1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
1½ cups apple cider
2 apples, peeled and sliced
1 firm but ripe pear, peeled and sliced
1½ cups pitted prunes, ( ½ pound)
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
10 slices firm white sandwich bread, crusts trimmed
2 large eggs
⅔ cup low-fat milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a sieve with cheesecloth or a coffee filter and set it over a bowl. Spoon in yogurt, cover and let drain in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
2Combine cider, apples, pear, prunes, cinnamon stick, lemon zest and lemon juice in a saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Discard cinnamon stick and pour the fruit mixture into an 8-by-11-inch or similar 2-quart baking dish.
3Cut bread slices in half diagonally. Whisk eggs, milk and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Soak the bread in the egg mixture and arrange in overlapping rows on top of the fruit.
4Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the bread. Bake until the top is crisp and golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving with drained vanilla yogurt.