Monday, June 23, 2008

Strawberry French Toast Sandwiches

My sister, Cathy, mentioned my blog to her friend, Eileen, who found this recipe in a magazine and then passed it along to me, and my first thought was "OMG Are you kidding me????" (Well, actually, there was an expletive in there too, but we won't discuss that). Does this sound like the most decadent thing you've ever heard of? What's not to love? French toast? Strawberry? Cream cheese? Eileen, you've just hit me right smack in the middle of my weakness. Let me know in which magazine you found this so I can let everyone know ok? Thanx!
I WILL be making these.

1/4 cup plus 2 tbs whipped cream cheese
12 slices bread
3 tbs strawberry jam
3 large eggs
3 tbs milk
1/8 tsp salt
butter or margarine

Spread one tablespoon cream cheese on each of 6 slices of bread. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons of jam over cream cheese. Top with slice of bread.
Combine eggs, milk and salt in shallow dish, beating well.
Dip each sandwich into egg, turning to coat.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet.
Cook sandwiches, turning to brown both sides. Repeat, adding more butter as needed.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Try using other kinds of jam and topping it with fresh berries and/or sliced bananas. Even add a few slices of fruit in the center of the sandwich with the cream cheese and jam.
If you want to push the decadence even further, try adding a 1/4 tsp. EACH of pure vanilla extract and cinnamon and a tsp. of sugar to the eggs before you dip the sandwiches. Oh and I bet cinnamon swirled bread would be amazing.
You could even serve this as an amazing dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top (sort of along the same lines as Belgian waffles).

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