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Brioche French Toast Stuffed with Apple, Raisins and Pecans
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Brioche French Toast Stuffed with Apple, Raisins and Pecans


Chef Way At Bluestem, Megan Garrelts stuffs her French toast with more than 10 ingredients.

Easy Way The home version of Bluestem's French toast has just pecans, applesauce and raisins in the filling.

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  1. 1/2 cup pecans
  2. 1 cup applesauce
  3. 1/2 cup golden raisins
  4. Pinch of cinnamon
  5. One 12-ounce loaf of brioche—cut into 12 slices, heels discarded
  6. 4 large eggs, beaten
  7. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  8. 2 tablespoons sugar
  9. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  10. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  11. 3 tablespoons canola oil
  12. Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
  13. Sweetened whipped cream, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the pecans on a pie plate and toast for about 8 minutes. Let cool. Finely chop the pecans and transfer to a bowl. Add the applesauce, raisins and cinnamon.
  2. Spread the filling on 6 of the bread slices, top with the remaining slices and close.
  3. In the pie plate, beat the eggs with the cream, sugar and vanilla. Dip the sandwiches in the eggs and transfer to a baking sheet.
  4. In each of 2 large nonstick skillets, melt half of the butter in the oil. Add the French toast and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until browned and cooked through, 5 minutes. Dust with confectioners' sugar and serve with sweetened whipped cream.
Make Ahead

The applesauce-pecan filling can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before proceeding.