Ok. If you are looking for a figure-friendly way to start your new year, a nutritious start to your activity-filled day, or a low-fat egg-white protein smoothie recipe…this post is not for you. However, if you happen to be snowed in, feeling a bit indulgent, having a rough day, or just craving something wonderful, delectable, creamy, slightly crunchy, and a bit sweet…. buckle up, darlings. You’ve hit the jackpot.
Well hello. I’d like to introduce you to my new best friend…cream cheese and banana-stuffed french toast. Try not to drool on your computer screen, now.
Dr. Dave and I stumbled across this little creation on a recent snowy Sunday. You know those mornings where you shuffle around in slippers with the heater on until you decide to eat something naughty for breakfast? Yes, it was one of those days.
This is not just any ordinary french toast. It is french toast if it were from heaven. It is eating french toast on a cloud. It is the essence of french toast. Had enough description? Ready to make it? Let’s go!
Cream Cheese and Banana-Stuffed French Toast
- 4 pieces of thickly sliced bread (I prefer a multi-grain for a bit of texture, Dr. Dave prefers Texas toast).
- 1 ripe banana (or other fruit: apricots, peaches, etc. would be wonderful)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 oz cream cheese, softened (neufchatel is fine, too)
- 1/8 tsp. vanilla, or a bit more if you like vanilla-ey things like I do
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. softened butter
- vegetable oil
In a bowl, mix cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and confectioner’s sugar until smooth. Spread a thin layer on each slice, top 2 of the slices with banana. Top with the other 2 slices. In a baking dish, whisk milk and eggs, add cinnamon. Carefully place stuffed french toast into dish for about one minute on each side of the “sandwich.”
Now, I want you to listen carefully. There is no benefit to going “light” with the grease in the pan here. Throw those cautions to the wind, and pour a good hearty slick of oil into a wide, flat pan. I mean, you want a good 1/4-inch of oil in the pan. We’re getting serious here. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Carefully slide french toast in and cook until both sides are a crispy golden brown. The cream cheese will get all melty-gooey and the bananas will be warmed.
I serve with a dusting of confectioner’s sugar. Apple butter is another wonderful side with this. It is highly recommended to eat this snuggled with your hubby on the couch with a warm cup of coffee.