French Toast Bites

French Toast Bites
Makes 10 servings
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  1. 1 cup maple syrup
  2. 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  3. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  4. 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  5. 1 (16-ounce) package bacon
  6. 2 cups milk
  7. 4 large eggs
  8. 1/2 cup sugar
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  11. Vegetable oil, for frying
  12. 1 (14.1-ounce) loaf brioche, cut into 2-inch pieces
  13. 1 cup fresh blueberries
  14. Fresh mint leaves
  15. Wooden picks
  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Line rimmed baking sheets with aluminum foil, and place wire racks on top. Spray racks with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small saucepan, cook syrup and next 3 ingredients over medium heat, stirring often, for 6 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture is smooth. Reserve 1⁄3 cup syrup in a small bowl.
  3. Place bacon slices on prepared racks, and brush both sides of bacon with remaining syrup.
  4. Bake, brushing both sides of bacon with syrup every 10 minutes, for 20 to 25 minutes or until bacon is golden brown. Remove from oven, and brush with reserved 1⁄3 cup syrup. Transfer bacon to parchment paper, and let cool completely. Cut bacon into 1-inch pieces.
  5. In a large skillet, pour oil to a depth of 1/4 inch, and heat over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk and next 4 ingredients. Dip bread pieces into milk mixture, letting excess drip off, and fry until golden brown on all sides; drain on paper towels.
  7. Thread 1 piece French toast, 1 piece bacon, 1 blueberry, and 1 mint leaf onto wooden picks. Serve immediately.
  1. Brioche can be substituted with challah, Hawaiian bread, or any other egg bread.
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