Sweets For Your Sweetie…

Valentine’s Days is upon us. Why not whip up something sinful for you sweetie? After all, they say the way to his heart is through his stomach. I, personally, haven’t found my talents lie here, but who doesn’t love a good French toast?

I ask Chef Christine, our favorite in the kitchen, to help us out with some recipes. She sends over something delicious to start the day off right. Is she available should we mess this up? She laughs and says she’s at the ready with a romantic home prepared dinner or drop off if all else fails. You got this covered dolls.

The recipe seems pretty foolproof, but just in case, take the lead from this girl:  Swath some pearls around your delicate little neck and don some heels for extra effect. He won’t care a bit if the food’s bad.

Raspberry Baked French Toast

Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: Serves 8

·       12 slices of bread
·       8 large eggs
·       4 tablespoons granulated sugar
·       1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
·       3 cups milk
·       2 cups raspberries, cleaned and picked over
·       4 tablespoons butter, softened
·       1/2 cup all-purpose flour
·       1/2 cup packed brown sugar

Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. In the prepared baking dish, arrange the bread in layers, cutting in half as necessary for coverage. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, vanilla, and milk. Pour over the bread. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. In the morning, top with flour, brown sugar, butter mixture and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Add raspberries and serve warm.

In need of Chef Christine? Tell her The Duchess sent you. Call her at 480-390-6980.

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