STUFFED FRENCH TOAST SANDWICHES

STUFFED FRENCH TOAST
SANDWICHES

4 servings

 

  • 8
    slices white or whole wheat or several whole grains bread, or French bread, or raisin or cinnamon/raisin bread, slightly
    dry
  • Cream
    cheese or reduced-fat cream cheese or no-fat cream cheese as desired
  • 2
    to 3 firm ripe peaches or nectarines or apples or pears, peeled, seeds
    removed and cut into bite-size pieces (see note), or 2 
    to 3 firm ripe plums, seeds removed, and cut into bite-size
    pieces (see note) or 1 to 2 bananas, peeled and cut
    horizontally into thin slices, or 1cup whole blueberries, stems removed
  • 3
    eggs or the equivalent in egg substitute (IE, Egg Beaters)

  • to 2 cups milk or reduced-fat or skim milk
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch
    of salt (optional)
  • Pinch
    of nutmeg (optional)
  • Butter
    or margarine, melted, as desired, for pan-frying (see note)
  • Sifted
    confectioners' sugar or sifted confectioners' sugar mixed with
    cinnamon and/or nutmeg as desired for garnish (optional)
  • Maple
    syrup or maple-flavored syrup or reduce-calorie syrup of choice as desired (optional)

 Liberally
spread 4 slices of bread with cream cheese butter; top each with a layer
of bite-size pieces of fruit or banana slices or whole blueberries, or a
combination.  Top each with a
second slice of bread; set sandwiches aside.

In
a medium bowl, combine eggs or egg substitute, milk, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg,
if desired, beating lightly.  Soak
sandwiches, one at a time, in egg mixture and drain.  Melt butter in a medium to large heavy
skillet over moderate heat (350 degrees F.). 
Pan-fry sandwiches, one or two at a time, in butter over moderate heat
(350 degrees F.) until golden brown on both sides.  Arrange a hot sandwich on each plate;
sprinkle each lightly with confectioners' sugar or confectioners' sugar
mixed with cinnamon and/or nutmeg, if desired. 
May serve with a drizzle of syrup over the sandwiches, if desired.  Serve immediately.

Note: May wish to sauté apple,
pear, or plum pieces in 1 teaspoon melted butter or margarine in a small skillet or saucepan before
adding to French toast sandwiches, if desired. 
Or, microwave apple, pear, or plum pieces
at HIGH power for 30 seconds to soften fruit slightly.

Note: May omit butter or
margarine, or use only sparingly; coat skillet with butter-flavor non-caloric vegetable cooking spray,
if desired.

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