06 April 2008

Banana-stuffed French Toast with Cashews

If the temperature is 60 and the skies are blue, it better be a Saturday.

And it was. To celebrate, we had French toast for breakfast.

My husband, ever the purist, prefers his plain with no frills. Oh, maybe a dash of cinnamon in the batter.

I have grown especially fond of stuffed French toast. I have been experimenting for the past year or so, with varying results.

Normally, I would suggest using a home-baked or bakery whole-grain bread, but I was too hungry to shop for some yesterday.

Banana-Stuffed French Toast with Cream Cheese and Cashews

  • 2 slices whole grain bread, cinnamon with raisin would be perfect, lightly toasted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon low-fat milk
  • Dash sugar
  • Dash cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon Smart Balance (or butter)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cream cheese
  • dash sugar
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • handful of cashews

Blend cream cheese with sugar and set aside.

Whip eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in a shallow bowl. Soak the lightly toasted bread just long enough to coat each side and slightly permeate the bread. While bread is soaking, melt butter in large skillet. Brown soaked bread in pan, turning frequently to ensure thorough toasting.

Transfer browned toast to plate. Smear one slice with cream cheese and top with sliced bananas. Then top with the second slice. Add butter or butter substitute, if you like, and top with cashews. I also added a tablespoon of low-sugar maple syrup.

It was a good start to a busy day.

The variations of stuffed French Toast are endless. Anyone know of a savory version out there?

12 comments:

Betty C. said...

This looks more like dessert than breakfast...but delicious in any case!

Mimi said...

Yes, it was pretty lush, Betty. Something I can do only rarely!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

That looks like the perfect reward after a few hours of gardening!

Mimi said...

Ah, yes, but my husband did all the gardening...

Erika W. said...

Holy cow does that look decadent!

Saturday and Sunday were fabulous weather wise. And while it's cloudy and rainy today, it's also melting the last of the snow and I can practically watch the grass turning green. Hooray!

Mimi said...

Yes, Saturday was heavenly, Erika. Sunday was lovely, too, I even got an afternoon walk in. But today - oh well, two out of three's not bad!

Toni said...

I've never stuffed French Toast. Never even thought of it until reading this post, in fact. Wow! Heavenly decadence!

Mimi said...

I first ran across it 17 years ago in Door County, I think it was at the White Gull Inn: Cherry stuffed French toast. Toni, you must try it!

Fiona said...

The French toast with banana/cream cheese looks absolutely delicious. I have never got that carried away with French toast and usually eat it plain, not have aI ever though of it being a savoury dish - there could be some great ideas come out of that !

Mimi said...

I have seen a few recipes for Pain Perdu (supposedly the origins of French Toast) but never for French Toast with, say herbs or meat. I'll just have to come up with one...

Jann said...

I am going to try this this weekend for brunch and I plan to gain 10 pounds eating all of it!

Mimi said...

Jann, gaining a bit of weight is worth it! A meal of stuffed French toast is indeed stuffing...