Orange Almond Bostock

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Serves: 10
Bostock is a brioche French toast slice traditionally prepared with orange-flavored syrup, frangipane and sliced almonds. This version calls for a thick slice of challah, a sweet yeast bread made with eggs and a touch of butter, which can be found in many bakeries. Bostock is the perfect accompaniment to morning coffee or orange juice.
1 (1-pound) loaf challah bread or Italian bread (from the bakery section of the supermarket)
Orange-Almond Syrup (recipe below)
Frangipane (recipe below)
1 cup sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Slice challah bread into 1-inch pieces and place onto a nonstick baking sheet. Prepare Orange-Almond Syrup and frangipane. Brush each piece with Orange-Almond Syrup and spread each piece with a generous amount of frangipane. Sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake until edges of frangipane are golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes. Serve immediately for breakfast or cool and store refrigerated for up to 5 days. Reheat in the oven to serve.

Orange-Almond Syrup:
Combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once sugar dissolves, remove from heat and cool. Stir in 1 teaspoon almond extract and 1 tablespoon orange juice or orange-flavored liqueur such as Grand Marnier and set aside. This recipe can be prepared in advance and stored refrigerated for up to one month.|

Frangipane : 
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened 
1/4 cup sugar, divided
3/4 cups almond flour*
1 egg
1 teaspoons lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon dark rum (optional)
3 teaspoons all-purpose flour

With a food processor or mixer, cream butter with 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Mix in remaining sugar. Add almond flour in three small batches, mixing after each addition. Add egg, lemon zest, vanilla and dark rum (if desired) and mix well. Add flour and mix just until the batter is smooth and uniform. Set aside. Makes about 1 1/4 cups. 

*Almond flour is available in most health food stores, many supermarkets, and is widely available online.  To make almond flour, grind blanched slivered almonds in a food processor until finely ground; do not let it become a paste. Refrigerate until use.

Nutritional Info: 

Calories 300; Fat 14 g; Sat Fat 4 g; Mono Fat 6 g; Poly Fat 2 g; Protein 8 g; Carb 35 g; Fiber 3 g; Cholesterol 55 mg; Sodium 230 mg; Calcium 90 mg; Potassium 43 mg; Vitamin E 4.3 mg;

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