Baked Strawberry Almond French Toast is the perfect recipe for that special someone this Valentines Day!
Cut loaf into 12 equal slices and set aside.
Prepare sauce by combining sugar and water in a heavy pan. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Cover and cook over medium heat 1 minute. Uncover and continue to cook 5 more minutes (do not stir). Remove from heat, and let stand 1 minute.
Add butter and stir until melted. Add evaporated milk, stirring constantly. Return to medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes or until mixture melts and is smooth. Remove from heat, stir in almond extract and salt.
Pour sauce into a sprayed 9x13-inch baking pan. Arrange 6 bread slices in pan. Spread preserves evenly over bread and top with remaining 6 slices.
In a bowl, combine milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour over bread and sprinkle with almonds.
Bake at 350°F 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes and sprinkle with powdered sugar.