Strawberry & Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast
My sister turned 24 a few days ago so I sent her brownies. I made 12, but for some reason I ended up only sending her 6…
What happened to the others? I could tell you I selflessly gave them away to my friends and that I by no means ended up eating them all in less than 7 hours and spending the rest of the evening on the couch in agony.
Who does that? Surely not me. I bet you do, though.
Our baby ducks are gone… Did I tell you that? I’m pretty sure they ran away. I’m not sure what exactly happened, but they just sort of, disappeared? I’m trying to be positive about the whole thing and continue to tell myself they simply found a better home under the aqueduct or in the pond… And I haven’t found any soft feathers near the house so I’m thinking we’re good?
Oh, it’s going to be 90 degrees by the end of the week and to show the weather how excited I am, I’ve been sleeping in my bikini to welcome the summer weather.
I did this on Tuesday. I wanted to cry.
Annnnd I lost my phone, but luckily I found it again… It was in the refrigerator.
Perhaps it’s just a phase… One that I’ll get over when enough time has passed. Just like I got over the break up of the Beatles and the ending of Gilmore Girls. Oh, wait.
I’ve been trying out different dairy milk products and found a great one. Lifeway Kefir. I’ve only tested a few products, but I like them… Quite a bit actually. A quick look at their facts and ingredient list and you’ll see why. Although it’s made with milk, the products are 99% lactose-free. Many probiotics and kefir cultures have enzymes that break down the lactose, resulting in a tart and tangy flavor. Their strawberry milk is similar to a drinkable yogurt, is gluten-free, and tastes like a delicious mix of tropical islands, turquoise sea shores, and Zachary Levi. Mmm mmm gooooood.
So… French toast! [<----- it's perfect] Perfect for two people. Perfect if you want…
… pieces of toast soaked in eggs and a touch of strawberry milk..
… stuffed with cream cheese and sugar-coated strawberries…
… fried on a hot pan with a little bit of butter…
… and served with pure maple syrup and a steamin’ cup of coffee…
When making this recipe, I used both cream cheese and cottage cheese to see which one I liked better. That was stupid. I loved them both. So I posted both. Bam. The cottage cheese definitely offers a more subtle flavor and texture, so if you’re really craving a rich and creamy french toast middle, use the cream cheese. Or mix-and-match… Just like my socks.
Taste what’s good then pass it on.
Strawberries & Cream Stuffed French Toast
for the filling:
3/4 to 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
2 tbsp sugar, divided
4 tbsp 1/3-less fat cream cheese (or, 1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese if using)
1 tsp vanilla
for the french toast:
4 slices whole wheat bread
2 whole eggs
1/4 cup lifeway strawberry kefir
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt (optional)
to make the filling:
Wash and slice strawberries and place in a bowl. Coat with 1 tablespoon of sugar and toss until all strawberry slices are covered.
In another medium bowl or shallow dish, mix cream cheese, remaining tablespoon of sugar, and vanilla together until combined. Spread a thin even layer of the cream cheese mixture over only one side of each slice of bread. Place the coated side of each piece face up on a plate.
to make the french toast:
Place a large skillet on the stove over medium-high heat. Coat with cooking spray.
Using the same bowl or shallow dish you used to make the filling, whisk eggs, strawberry milk, and vanilla together. One at a time, dip the uncoated side of each piece of bread in egg mixture and let sit until fully coated. Remove and let stand on a plate.
Once all the slices has been covered, place strawberries in a single layer on the slices of bread whose sides are covered with the cream cheese mixture and top with the other slice of bread to create a sandwich. Repeat with the other sandwich.
Place one sandwich into the hot pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown. Repeat to cook the other sandwich. Serve warm with butter and syrup.
Nutritional information (for cream cheese filling): 400 calories, 12.5g fat (6 sat, 2 mono, >1 poly), 57g carbs, 20g protein, 11.5g fiber
Nutritional information (for cottage cheese filling): 350 calories, 7g fat (2 sat, 2 mono, >1 poly), 57.5g carbs, 21g protein, 11.5g fiber