Eat Breakfast Like a King…..
With today being the last day of November I was really contemplating what I should post for my final recipe of the month. I was torn between a dinner recipe, a cookie recipe, and a breakfast recipe. Needless to say, the breakfast recipe won. With all it’s warm, bready, indulgent goodness. I don’t eat a lot of bread, but I have thought about making this recipe for a while, and I thought that I would use my husband as a little guinea pig. I usually get all of my bready breakfast and chocolate dessert ratings from him and the kids because those just aren’t my top picks when it comes to eating.(I want to apologize ahead of time for the pictures, I was trying to get the breakfast from the pan to the table and I was only able to get a couple of shots in.)
I have to say proudly that this morning’s breakfast got a 5-star rating. 😉
In my opinion a breakfast like this would only be eaten on special occasions, or for once in a while cravings due to how rich it looks, but my husband said he could eat it every morning, that is how much he enjoyed it. I have a lot of French bread left over in the freezer right now so don’t be surprised if you see quite a few recipes that use French bread coming through my site. The calories in French bread just blow my mind, but there are just some things that you MUST use French bread for, and today’s recipe is one of them! It really isn’t that complicated, and it doesn’t take much longer than regular French toast, but it is stuffed with Neufchatel cream cheese and a small amount of cherries garnished from a can of cherry pie filling (In the summer I will be using fresh fruit) along with a small amount of vanilla flavoring and some Truvia to tie all the creamy, dreamy flavors together. Then of course you have your basic eggs and milk to dip the stuffed bread into, and cinnamon is the spice that marries that filling, bread, and egg wash all together.
I felt a little guilty when I calculated the calories in this tempting breakfast (197 calories per serving) and then I decided that I should actually be patting myself on the back after I compared it to the calories in Ihop’s stuffed French toast (WITHOUT ANY TOPPINGS) which runs you a whopping 440 calories PER SLICE!!!!
I am still stunned, seriously! This recipe is just as good, just as indulgent, just as naughty tasting, but with HALF of the calories per slice! WOW! My husband drizzled the slightest bit of maple syrup over the top just to bring it all together, but there isn’t anything that says you couldn’t sprinkle a little bit of powdered sugar over the top, or a squirt of whipped cream. So, next time you get the urge to splurge, save some money, and some calories and stay home and have an intimate breakfast without all of the hustle and bustle and noise of a bunch of strangers. This is when you can truly sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Cream Cheese & Cherry Stuffed French Toast
By Angie Gouchenour
2 Thick slices of French bread (Approximately 2 inches wide)
2 ounces Neufchatel cream cheese
2 Tablespoons cherry pie filling (just the cherries)
½ teaspoon vanilla flavoring, or extract
1 teaspoon Truvia zero calorie sweetener
¼ cup milk (I used 2%)
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cut each slice of French bread approximately 1/3 of the way down, then open up a little pocket inside the bread without ripping it in half
In a small bowl combine cream cheese, cherries, vanilla, and Truvia until smooth
Stuff half of the filling into each bread pocket
In a shallow dish whisk together the egg, milk, and cinnamon (You will have a little left over when you are done. I just made two regular pieces of French toast for the kids)
Spray a medium skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium
Dip bread in the egg mixture and place in the pan
Flip when browned on one side (about 2 minutes)
(I covered my pan just to make sure that the cream cheese warmed through)
Brown the other side (uncovered)
Then brown the bottom (Standing the bread up)
Remove from heat, and serve!
197 calories per piece