Baked French Toast with Cherry Topping
79ml maple syrup
3 tablespoons sugar, divided
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1/8 teaspoon salt
8 slices (4-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 1/2-inch) French bread
900g pitted Northwest fresh sweet cherries, halved
118ml orange juice
Combine milk, eggs, maple syrup, 2 tablespoons sugar, orange peel, and salt; mix well. Pour half of mixture into each of two 23cm square baking dishes. Dip both sides of each slice of bread in milk mixture; arrange in the same baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Marinate cherries in orange juice and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar overnight. Carefully transfer slices to a nonstick, buttered baking sheet using a large spatula; allow excess liquid to drip into pan used for soaking. Bake in a preheated 200°c oven 15 to 18 minutes; turn slices over halfway through baking time. Top each slice with 113g cherries and a dollop of vanilla yogurt. Serve immediately.