|6||1" thick slices bread|
|½ teaspoon||Almond extract|
|2 tablespoons||Butter or margarine|
|Sifted powdered sugar|
|Fresh strawberries (opt)|
|1 cup||Butter, softened|
|3 tablespoons||Sifted powdered sugar|
|1 teaspoon||Almond extract|
Cut a heart shape from each bread slice, using a 3½" heart shaped cookie cutter. Reserve bread trimmings for other uses.
Combine milk, eggs and almond extract in a shallow dish; stir well.
Dip 3 heart shaped bread slices into egg mixture, turning to coat both sides.
Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet or on a hot griddle; arrange the 3 slices of bread in the skillet, and cook over medium heat 3 minutes on each side or until golden. Transfer to a serving plate, and keep warm.
Repeat procedure with remaining bread slices, egg mixture and butter.
Sprinkle French toast with powdered sugar.
Spoon Almond Butter into a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip and pipe butter onto center of each heart, if desired. Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired.
For Almond Butter: Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl; beat at medium speed of an electric mixer until smooth. Chill until slightly firm but still soft enough to pipe.
From Southern Living Five Star Recipe Collection Formatted on October 4, 1996 by Jamie Calton
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