Crunchy Vanilla-Almond French Toast with Fruit Topping, Sweet-n-Smoky Bacon


1 pound applewood smoked bacon
1/2 cup dark brown sugar

8 large eggs
1 cup half-and-half
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 pinches salt
1/2 teaspoon   nutmeg , ground or freshly grated
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups corn flakes , lightly crushed
1/2 cup sliced almonds , lightly crushed
4 tablespoons butter
12 slices (1 1/2-inch-thick) challah bread or soft 'Italian' style bread
Medium or dark amber maple syrup to pass at table
Mint sprigs and edible flowers , suggested plate garnish

Fancy Fruit Topping:
1 large navel orange , peeled and chopped
12 large strawberries , sliced
1/2 pint blueberries
1/2 pint raspberries
1/2 pint blackberries
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)


Recipe For Rachael Ray's Crunchy Vanilla-Almond French Toast With Fancy Fruit Topping, Sweet-n-Smoky Bacon.

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