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Cinnamon Breakfast Toast with Orange-Rum Syrup

Cinnamon Breakfast Toast with Orange-Rum SyrupThis version of French toast is served with scrumptious syrup flavored with cinnamon, rum and orange zest. Cinnamon also infuses the egg mixture. Serve with fresh orange slices for a special touch. To save some time, the syrup can be made ahead and warmed.

Recipe Ingredients:

Orange-Rum Syrup:
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cinnamon stick
5 cloves
1 tablespoon rum
Zest of 1 orange

Breakfast Toast:
1 pound French bread loaf (ends removed), cut into twelve, 1-inch slices (keep to about 1 inch, no higher than 1 1/4 inches)
1 (12-ounce) can NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
5 large eggs
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Vegetable oil

Fresh orange slices and mint leaves for garnish (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. For Orange-Rum Syrup: Place water, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, rum and orange zest in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, on medium-high heat until mixture thickens slightly and turns golden, about 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from heat; remove cinnamon stick and cloves. Keep warm or, if to be used later, allow to cool and pour into container; cover and refrigerate. Warm before serving. Makes 1 1/2 cups.
  2. for Breakfast Toast: Whisk together evaporated milk, eggs, sugar and cinnamon in medium bowl. Pour egg mixture into 13x9x2-inch pan or shallow dish. Place bread slices in milk mixture. Turn bread over to coat evenly.
  3. Pour oil into large skillet to reach 1/8-inch up side. Heat over medium-high heat until oil is very hot. Fry bread slices until golden, about 2 to 3 minutes. Turn over and heat until golden, about 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Transfer to warmserving platter. Serve with warm Orange-Rum Syrup. Garnish with orange slices and mint leaves, if desired.

Makes 6 servings (2 slices each).

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories: 630 Calories from Fat: 170 Total Fat: 19 g Saturated Fat: 5 g Cholesterol: 195 mg Sodium: 600 mg Carbohydrates: 97 g Dietary Fiber: 2 g Sugars: 60 g Protein: 15 g.

Recipe and photograph are the property of Nestlé® and, used with permission.