Mother’s Day Brunch

Overnight Carmel-Apple French Toast

12 slices dry bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes
3 large Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 dozen eggs, beaten
2 cups almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup maple syrup

Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.  Arrange half the bread cubes in the dish. And top with cream cheese cubes.  Evenly sprinkle apple slices over the cream cheese, and top with remaining bread cubes.  In a large bowl, mix the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and syrup.  Pour over bread cubes. Cover, and refrigerate overnight.  Remove the bread cube mixture from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Cover, and bake 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking 25 – 30 minutes. Until center is firm ad surface is lightly browned. Drizzle with Carmel Sauce and serve.

Carmel Sauce

1/3 cup water
1 ½ cups white sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ¼ cups heavy cream
½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 pinch salt

Bring water, sugar and butter to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Do not stir the mixture until the sugar has completely dissolved in the water.  Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally , until the caramel has turned golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes.

Carefully pour in a slow, steady stream of cream into the caramel while stirring constantly.  The hot caramel will boil vigorously when the cream is added and solidify in areas.  Add the vanilla extract and salt.  Continue stirring over low heat until the Caramel is smooth and creamy, 5 to 10 minutes more. Allow to cool for at least half an hour before using.

Strawberry Spinach Salad

1 bunch spinach, rinsed
12 large strawberries, sliced
1 cup toasted almond slivers
½ cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1 cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl, mix the spinach, strawberries and almonds. In a blender, place sugar, salt, vinegar and oil, and blend until smooth.  Stir in sesame and poppy seeds. Pour over salad mix and toss to coat.

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