Cherry Cheese Stuffed French Toast Courtesy Of: The Cherry Marketing Institute Cherry Cheese Stuffed French Toast Serves 50 100 slices French bread, bias cut 1 -1/2 inch (2.5 -3.5 cm) thick 1 L or 4 cups Dried tart cherries 1 L or 4 cups Rum 4 Eggs 2 lbs Mascarpone cheese 125 mL or 1/2 cup Confectioners' sugar Egg Mixture 8 Eggs, beaten 2 L or 8 cups Milk 50 mL or 1/4 cup Vanilla extract 30 mL or 2 Tbsp Ground cinnamon 15 mL or 1Tbsp Grated, nutmeg Butter, melted Buttered Cherry Sauce 1 L or 4 cups Dried tart cherries 500 mL or 2 cups Butter 2 L or 8 cups Cherry juice blend 250 mL or 1 cup Granulated sugar 125 mL or 1/2 cup Cornstarch 125 mL or 1/2 cup Water For French toast, cut pockets through the side of each slice of bread.

Combine dried cherries and rum in a large saucepan. Simmer, covered, 5 minutes, or until cherries are soft and rum is almost evaporated. Drain cherries.

Combine 4 eggs, mascarpone cheese, sugar and 4 cups (1 L) of cherries in a large bowl; mix well. Reserve remaining 4 cups (1L) of cherries for Buttered Cherry Sauce. Spoon cherry-cheese mixture into pocket of bread slices. Cover and chill, if desired.

Prepare egg mixture by combining 8 eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl; mix well. Soak bread in mixture.

Pour butter, 1 Tbsp (15 mL) at a time, onto a preheated 350 degree F (180 degree C) griddle. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Transfer to sheet pans. Use more melted butter on griddle, as needed.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree F (180 degree C) oven for 20 minutes, or until bread slices are puffed and filling is hot. Top each slice of French toast with warm Buttered Cherry Sauce.

To prepare Buttered Cherry Sauce, combine the 4 cups (1 L) of reserved cherries, 2 cups (500 mL) butter, cherry juice blend and sugar in a large saucepan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until butter is completely melted.

Combine cornstarch and water; add slowly to hot liquid, whisking constantly while adding. Increase heat and bring to a boil, stirring often, until thickened. Reduce heat; simmer about 5 minutes. Serve 2 ounces (50 mL) of sauce over each serving of Cherry Cheese Stuffed French Toast.