I feel as though I have only recently started living. Growing up, my family was always a “waffle family,” so I never gave French toast a second thought. But when I took my first bite of French toast at Olivia’s on South Lamar not long ago, I fell in love. I have been fantasizing about that dish ever since, and wanted to try making something similar myself. This recipe, found on Savory Nothings’s blog, is a healthier alternative to traditional French toast. This is a particularly great option because strawberry season is coming up, and the use of seasonal produce makes all the difference in cooking. If you’ve been on our Facebook page this week, you may have seen the first of our strawberries have popped up! Soon you will be able to use the microfarm’s strawberries for a nice weekend brunch.
(Makes 4 servings)
- 4 Tbs. low-fat cream cheese
- 1 Tbs. honey
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup milk (dairy, nut, or soy)
- 4 Tbs. bread crumbs
- 1 Tbs. sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ~15 strawberries, halved*
- 8 slices whole wheat bread
- 2 tsp. vegetable oil
*Available to the microfarm soon
First combine the cream cheese and honey in a small bowl and set aside. Next, whisk the egg and milk in a small bowl. Then combine the bread crumbs, sugar, and cinnamon on a plate. Heat 1 tsp of the oil on a large skillet on med-high heat. Meanwhile, spread the cream cheese mixture onto one slice of bread and cover with strawberries. Spread more of the cream cheese mixture on another slice of bread and lay on top. Next, coat the bread with the egg mixture using a pastry brush, or carefully dipping it in the bowl if you do not have one. Then cover both sides with the bread crumb mixture and lay in the skillet. Allow to fry until slightly crunchy, checking frequently that it’s not burning. Set aside, slice diagonally, and continue with the other servings. Serve with powdered sugar or additional cinnamon if desired.
- Pro-tip: If you are not concerned with the “light” aspect of it, may I suggest using brioche in place of whole wheat bread.
- Pro-tip: I actually used double the amount of cream cheese and honey it called for. It makes it more creamy.
- Pro-tip: I also used like four times the amount of cinnamon, but that’s just because I love cinnamon.
- Pro-tip: Again if you would prefer a fuller flavor, use butter to pan fry the toast instead of oil.