• Mixed-Berry Sauce:
  • One 16-oz. bag frozen mixed berries, thawed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp seedless raspberry preserves
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Waffles:
  • 8 slices whole-wheat or white bread, crust removed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup 2 percent milk
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 4 Tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • Nonstick spray

1. The night before: Put bread on a baking rack; let stale overnight.

2. Combine the fruit and sugar in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil; stir occasionally, until berries soften, 10 minutes.

3. Transfer berry mixture to a blender or food processor. Add the raspberry preserves and lemon juice; blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl; cool to room temperature.

4. Crack eggs into a medium baking dish and whisk lightly. Add milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt; whisk.

5. Spread 1 Tbsp of peanut butter on 4 slices of bread. Top with remaining slices to make four sandwiches. Flatten slightly. Soak sandwiches in egg mixture, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

6. Heat a square four-slot waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. Spray top and bottom grates with nonstick spray. Remove sandwiches from the egg mixture using a slotted spatula, allowing excess liquid to drip off. Make two at a time on the diagonal of the grates. Press down gently at first, then add a little pressure to the cover and press until it is completely closed. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Carefully remove each waffle to a plate. Drizzle with mixed-berry syrup.

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