When Melissa dined with John, she tried very hard to adapt to meals he enjoyed. However, once he left town, Melissa tossed aside formality and savored childish repasts with Anna, like this one.
Pear-Mascarpone French Toast
By Sarah Stegall
2 medium pears
5 tablespoons butter
8 ounces Mascarpone cheese
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons fresh minced gingerroot
1 teaspoon cinnamon
8 slices French bread, two inches thick
1 cup milk
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Peel and dice pears. In a saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Cook pears over medium heat until tender, just a few minutes is needed. Cool completely. In a bowl, beat cheese, then add ginger, sugar, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon, and pears. Cut a pocket into the bread slices and fill with ¼ cup of pear-cheese mixture. In a bowl, whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, and the remaining cinnamon. Carefully dip the bread so you don’t squeeze out the filling. Melt the remaining butter over medium heat. Cook stuffed bread until golden brown on both sides. Yield: 4 servings.
From "Memories in the Kitchen: Bites and Nibbles From 'Bryony'"
All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties. www.bbbswillgrundy.org
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