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Macadamia Nut French Toast

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Ingredients:
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 (16) loaf Italian bread, cut into 1-inch slices
2/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup macadamia nuts, chopped
Garnishes: powdered sugar, ground nutmeg

Combine eggs and next 5 ingredients, stirring well.

Fit bread slices in single layer into a lightly greased 13" x 9" x 2" baking dish. Pour egg mixture over bread slices; cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight, turning bread once.

Pour butter in a 15" x l0" x l" pan; place bread slices in a single layer in pan.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes; sprinkle with nuts. Bake 10 additional minutes. Garnish, if desired, and serve immediately with maple syrup.

Yield: 6 servings.