Almond Crusted Cinnamon French Toast with Butter Cream Syrup

Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 10-12 slices
Recipe adapted from The Chew, passed on to me by the wonderful Heather Peterson

1 loaf french bread (Wal-Marts french bread is awesome)
4 eggs
1 C milk
3 Tb sugar
1 Tb vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash salt
4 C cornflakes cereal
1 1/3 C sliced almonds
2 T butter

Toppings:
Butter Cream Syrup (recipe HERE)
1 pound fresh strawberries
whipped cream (strait from the can is fine)

1. Slice 1 loaf of french bread into 10-12 slices, about 1 inch thick. 
2. Into a 9x9 pan crack four eggs. Whisk them around with a fork until the are frothy. Add 1 C milk, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and a dash of salt. Whisk the mixture together until well combined.
3. Into a pie tin or small pan pour 4 cups corn flakes. Take a measuring cup and use it to crush the cereal into smaller pieces. Add 1 1/3 cup sliced almonds and stir to combine. 
4. Heat a large skillet up over medium high heat. Melt about 1 tablespoon of butter over the top. 
5. Dredge each piece of french toast into the cinnamon batter and then into the almond coating. Make sure to press the coating into the bread. You may have a little bit fall off when you are transferring it to the skillet. No worries there. 
6. Allow the coated french toast to cook for about 5-6 minutes per side. (Make sure your skillet isn't up too high, you want the inside to have a chance to cook through without the outside getting too dark. Patience is the key here). When the bottom is of the bread is golden brown, flip it over and cook on the other side. Remove from the pan when the inside is cooked through. (You can check this by cutting into one of the slices with a fork...you know, right while it is on the skillet. Just give it a taste test or two or three...to make sure it's good.)
7. Slice up some fresh strawberries and layer them onto the french toast. Oh, baby...this is going to be a morning to remember. Drizzle some butter cream syrup over the top, throw on some whipped cream and ladies and gentlemen, life will be bliss. 

Of this I assure you. :) 

Enjoy! (See you at the gym...)

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