Sunday, October 16, 2011
Halloween Decorating Slowly But Surely
Anyway, I finished my Halloween banner and hung it on my mantle. I kind of winged it, using a big thimble wall-hanging on my craft room wall as a template. I didn't want the traditional triangle. I have made a couple of those. I used the Haunted Mansion pack by Moda I received for Christmas from my husband. Actually, I received three and I have two left.
I also wanted to share an unbelievable recipe. Is it dessert or is it breakfast/brunch? You decide.
This is cherry-cheese French toast. You have to put it together the night before and let it sit in the fridge so allow time for that. Spray a 12x8 casserole dish with non-stick spray. Lay French toast bread slices in the bottom of the casserole. I used 6 slices. You could use Challah or Brioche. Whisk 4 eggs, 1 1/2 cups milk, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract and a pinch of salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat 12 oz. softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract on medium speed. Pour half of milk mixture over bread. Gently spread cream cheese mixture over that. Spread a 21 oz can of cherry pie filling over that. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sliced almonds. Top with remaining 6 slices of bread. Pour remaining milk mixture over top layer of bread. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours but it is preferred that it be overnight. To bake, sprinkle with a couple of tablespoons sugar and some almonds if you want and bake at 325 uncovered for 45 minutes. Let stand about 15 minutes before serving. I sprinkled it with confectioners sugar. It was a-may-zing! I may have this for Christmas morning although, I would hate to bump my traditional monkey bread down the bench.
We are having blustery Fall weather here in the Northeast. It has been really windy and rainy. The colors are beautiful, however and I do love this time of year. Have a great week and take care. Nancy
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