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Ham And Cheese French Toast

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  Thick white bread slices 12 , crusts removed (Firm, 1 Inch Thick, Coarse Textured)
  Whole milk 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Eggs 3 , beaten
  Sugar 3 Tablespoon
  Brandy/Bourbon 3 Tablespoon
  Grated lemon peel 1 Teaspoon
  Grated orange peel 1 Teaspoon
  Freshly ground pepper 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Freshly grated nutmeg 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Sharp cheddar cheese slices 12 Ounce (Preferably White, 12 Slices, 1 Ounce Each)
  Baked ham slices 12 Ounce (6 Slices, 2 Ounce Each)
  Unsalted butter 4 Tablespoon
  Vegetable oil 4 Tablespoon (Or More)
  Powdered sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Watercress sprig 1
  Apricot syrup 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs), warm

Dry bread slices at room temperature on wire rack for 1 hour.
Whisk next 9 ingredients in large bowl until smooth.
Pour batter into 2 large rectangular baking dishes.
Arrange 6 bread slices in each dish.
Let stand until batter is absorbed, at least 1 hour; do not turn bread over.
(Can be prepared 1 day ahead, covered, and refrigerated.) Cut cheese and ham slices to fit bread.
Set 6 cheese slices on 6 bread slices.
Top with ham.
Cover with remaining cheese.
Using spatula, place remaining bread dry side down atop ham.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter with 2 tablespoons oil in each of 2 heavy skillets over medium heat.
Place 3 sandwiches in each skillet and fry until outsides are crisp and golden brown and cheese has melted, adding more oil if necessary, about 5 minutes per side.
Transfer to platter.
Dust with powdered sugar.
Garnish with watercress.
Serve immediately with syrup.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Garnish, Ham
Gourmet, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
30 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes

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Ham And Cheese French Toast Recipe