Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–cafĂ© quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.

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Denver French Toast

6 large eggs
4 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
Salt and pepper to taste
4 thick slices sourdough Saint Louis Bread
4 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 large red or yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 large green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 cups ham, sliced into 1/2 x 4-inch slices
8 thin slices provolone cheese
1 fresh tomato, seeded, peeled and diced

Whisk eggs, water, salt and pepper together in 9 x 13 dish. Add bread slices and let stand 1 minute. Turn bread over, let stand until egg mixture is absorbed, about 6-9 minutes.

Meanwhile, in large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add peppers, onion and saut until soft, about 5 minutes. Add ham slices and mushrooms. Cook 3 minutes more until vegetables are browned. Season to taste. Remove pan from heat, but cover to keep warm while you prepare French toast.

Melt the other 2 tablespoons butter on heavy griddle. Add bread and saut until browned and crusty about 5 minutes. Turn bread, top each bread slice with a slice of cheese. Cook until cheese melts and bottoms are browned. It may be necessary to cover skillet for a brief time to melt cheese.

To serve, place French toast on plate and top with vegetables. Garnish with diced tomatoes

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