Microwave Convection Cooking -

This is a delicious way to use leftover bread. Prepare the night before for easy baking just before serving. Add sausages and fruit for a special brunch or breakfast.


Maple-Pecan Topping
4 tablespoons butter
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped pecans
French Toast
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
6 slices (1 1/2-inch thick) French bread (about 1/2 a 1-lb. loaf)
2 tablespoons butter

1. Combine all ingredients for Topping in 2-cup microwave-safe measure.

2. MICROWAVE (100%), uncovered, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until bubbly, stirring once. Pour mixture into 8-inch square ungreased silicone or lightly greased glass baking dish; spread evenly. Set aside.

3. Combine eggs, milk, sugar and cinnamon in 4-cup glass measure; beat well. Dip each bread slice into egg mixture. Place in single layer on pecan mixture. Pour any remaining milk mixture over bread slices. Cut butter into 6 pieces; divide among bread. Cover; refrigerate overnight.

4. Preheat microwave-convection oven to 350°. Uncover baking dish.

5. COMBINATION-BAKE (Low-Mix) at 350° on low rack for 18 to 22 minutes or until center is set. Let stand 10 minutes. Invert onto serving plate.
About 6 Servings

TIPS · Maple flavored syrup can be substitute for pure maple syrup.
>Serve toast with additional syrup or sweetened sliced strawberries.
>Heat any leftovers by microwaving 20 to 25 seconds/slice to warm.

Nutritional Info/Serving: 416 calories, 10 g protein, 44 g carbohydrate, 23 g fat, 174 mg cholesterol, 414 mg sodium, 1.8 g dietary fiber.

From my Kitchen..

—I recently prepared a double recipe of the Crustless Quiche recipe in the 9inch square pan. Even with the turntable turned off, it cooked nicely on the Low-Mix combination, rotating the dish once. The Egg Bake, cut nicely with the narrow silicone spatula and removed from the dish easily with the wide spatula. A 13x9-inch pan of caramel rolls were prepared in the deep 10.5-inch silicone pan and it baked perfectly on the convection setting. Most things that cook in a 13x9-inch pan can be cooked in the deep round silicone pan and then it turns freely in the ovens with turntables.

—At a recent class, several participants were getting together one evening for dinner and they were each making something from one of the microwave-convection cook books that they had just purchased. I was not there long enough to hear about their results, but thought what a good way to learn together and share cooking experiences.Soups and casseroles are great for winter dining. Make extras and freeze in meal-sized quantities for enjoying at another meal. 


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