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Decadent Bread

This dish is a showy, delicious breakfast dish, which impresses and pleases my guests. I serve it with sausage balls, with a fresh fruit combination, and with a pitcher of maple syrup on the side.

For each serving, combine:

1 egg
1/2 cup of milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon melted butter
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
dash of salt

Place in a greased individual casserole one slice of French bread, sliced one inch thick. Pour the mixture over the bread; turn and pour more, and use all the mixture for one serving. (The liquid will pool up in the dish, but will be soaked up by the bread as it cooks.) Place on top of the bread a small amount of fruit, jam, or preserves. (I like fresh or frozen blueberries or raspberry jam.)

Bake for 40 minutes in a 350 degree oven. The bread will swell and puff to almost double in size and height and will lightly brown.

The timing is precise--and guests need to be on time!