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NUTS and FRUIT! I'm talking about pecans, walnuts, or the tasty toasted nuts of your choice. Wait - how about fruit? Strawberries, banana slices, assorted berries, and more. Adding that flavor boost to a classic breakfast recipe is a great way to propel a boring dish to something spectacular. Try this French Toast recipe with your own twists! Here is too quick and easy. Versions of these can be found in my Tennessee Hometown Cookbook as well as the Georgia Hometown Cookbook. Hope you enjoy!

French Toast With Fruit & Nuts
6 pieces wheat bread
(Texas Toast, French Bread, your choice)
2 eggs beaten
1/3 cup milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla coffee creamer
1 teaspoon cinnamon
sliced peaches or bananas or strawberries
Set bread to the side and combine all ingredients in a bowl that is deep enough to dip bread in. Mix well and dip bread in mix. Cook on griddle until golden brown. Top with fruit, powdered sugar, butter and syrup. You can also add chopped pecans etc for bonus flavor.

(Kent Whitaker is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He is the winner of the Emeril Live BBQ contest and winner of an American Authors Association Gold medal. Kent’s books are in bookstores nationwide and are available online. Kent lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Visit him online at www.thedeckchef.com)

Kent Whitaker

Kent Whitaker, also known as "The Deck Chef," is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He's also penned Young Reader and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill.

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