Go ahead, grab your fork!!
I've made the "traditional" stuffed french toast before. Have you had a stuffed french toast?
It's typically a nice french loaf of bread. The slice of bread is cut pretty thick to allow for you to form a pocket in it. The pocket is then stuffed with a fruity cream cheese using whatever fruit you want. It's then pinched shut, soaked in the egg wash and fried. Absolutely delicious!!
I cannot even begin to explain why I was craving it, but craving it I was!!
The problem I was having was the bread. I had my homemade artisan bread, but I needed it for sandwiches for the kids lunches...
So, I did what any busy mom would do, I improvised!! *grin*
I am so glad I did! Not only did this dish come out absolutely delicious, to be honest with you, with the addition of bacon? It was fantastic!! All I am saying is "bacon", no further words are necessary! Am I correct?
I will let you in on a secret, I added a spice to these french toast that literally blew them out of the water! You start with delicious blackberry jam, cream cheese, BACON...
Ready for the recipe? Here we go;
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Yield: 6 Sandwiches
12 slices sandwich bread (I used whole wheat)
8 OZ brick of cream cheese - room softened
8-10 slices bacon
1/3 cup blackberry jam
2 tsp cinnamon
6 tbsp milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
*butter to fry*
*optional - strawberries (I used frozen) or pure maple syrup
-Cook your bacon till crisp and set aside.
-Divide your cream cheese between your slices of bread evenly, spread all over sandwich bread slices. This is your glue that will hold your sandwich together.
-Divide jam between your slices. It turned out to be about 1 tsp per slice.
-Sprinkle your cinnamon over all your slices.
-Distribute bacon evenly on 6 of your sandwich slices. Press your sandwiches together and set aside.
-In a square casserole dish, add your eggs, milk and vanilla, beat well. I took the picture while I used a plate so I could measure how much milk I needed... I know!! Place a pat of butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Preheat oven to warm, and have ready a baking sheet.
-Submerge first one side of the sandwich, then flip over and submerge the other side.
-Place sandwich in hot skillet and cook for a few minutes till nicely golden. Flip and cook over on the other side.
-When both sides are golden, transfer sandwich to baking sheet and insert in oven to keep warm. Continue cooking sandwiches till all are cooked.
-Here comes the fun part!! You can have them plain but sprinkled liberally with powdered sugar. (not pictured)
-Or you can drizzle the amazing pure maple syrup over it as so...
(highly recommended to use a pure maple syrup)
-Last but not least, my favorite way... with macerated strawberries sprinkled with a smidgen of sugar.
Talk about good!!
There is just something absolutely amazing about the combination of the fruit with this sandwich!! You can literally taste all the different components in one bite. That's all I'm saying...
Till next time!!
Recipe shared with:
Dishin with Didi