Strawberry-Filled French Toast with Caramel and Pecans

Strawberry-Filled French Toast with Caramel and Pecans Randy Mayor


  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup evaporated fat-free milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • French Toast:
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (12-ounce) loaf French bread, cut into 16 (1/4-inch-thick) slices
  • 1/2 cup strawberry preserves
  • 2 cups fat-free milk
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar


To prepare sauce, combine granulated sugar and water in a medium, heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat 3 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Cover and cook over medium heat 1 minute. Uncover and cook 5 minutes or until light golden (do not stir).

Remove from heat, and let stand 1 minute. Add butter; stir until melted. Add evaporated milk; stir constantly. Place pan over medium heat; cook 3 minutes or until caramel melts and mixture is smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and salt.

To prepare French toast, pour sauce into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 8 bread slices in dish. Spread preserves evenly over bread; top with remaining bread.

Combine fat-free milk and next 6 ingredients (through eggs). Pour milk mixture over bread; sprinkle with pecans.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 35 minutes or until top is golden. Let cool 5 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 piece)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 332
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 18%
Fat per serving: 6.7g
Saturated fat per serving: 1.7g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 2.9g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 1.5g
Protein per serving: 11.9g
Carbohydrate per serving: 55.2g
Fiber per serving: 1.6g
Cholesterol per serving: 58mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Sodium per serving: 453mg
Calcium per serving: 164mg

Good to Know

This delicious breakfast only looks decadent, with less fat and more than double the protein of classic French toast. Strawberries, with more vitamin C per serving than oranges or grapefruit, give you an immunity and anti-aging boost.