Stuffed French Toast

picture361Crowded Earth Kitchen’s recipe for Stuffed French Toast is sneaky.  It looks like a high calorie indulgence, and it certainly tastes like a morning dessert, but it’s secretly good for you.   Robust spices minimize the need for sweeteners, while low-fat cream cheese and flax round out the creamy, nutty filling.  So go ahead and indulge.  Your secret is safe with me.

picture355Ingredients (makes 4 hearty servings)

One loaf of day old Simple Bread

4 eggs

1/2 cup skim milk

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

picture3561/4 teaspoon cardamom

4 ounces low-fat cream cheese

1 tablespoon organic honey

1 tablespoon flax seed

1 teaspoon cinnamon

simple breadDirections

Step 1) Combine cream cheese, honey, flax seed, and cinnamon.  Set aside.

Step 2) Trim 1/2 inch from each end of your loaf of Simple Bread.  Cut loaf into 8 equally thick slices.  Then, carefully cut through the top of each thick slice, stopping 1 inch above the bottom crust.  Your slices should now open in a very narrow “V” shape.  See enlarged photo to left.

picture357Step 3) Carefully spread a generous tablespoon of cream cheese filling along the inside of each bread “V”.

Step 4) Whisk together eggs, milk, nutmeg, and cardamom in a flat, shallow container.  A pie dish works well.

Step 5) Brush a skillet lightly with oil, and picture356preheat over low-medium heat.

Step 6) Dredge each side of one piece of stuffed bread through the egg mixture, and carefully set on preheated skillet.  Cook 2 – 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown.  Repeat with remaining stuffed bread slices, keeping cooked Stuffed French Toast warm picture358in the oven until ready to serve.  Enjoy!

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