Do you like surprises? I don’t. Okay, so let me rephrase that – I don’t like surprises that I know are surprises. Does that make ANY sense? I don’t mind if Barry surprises me with something…but I don’t want him to say, “Hey honey, I have a surprise for you and you don’t get it for a while.” That’s not a surprise. That’s TORTURE.
We love French Toast in this house – I really should make it more often. It takes something that is already awesome (bread) and makes it awesomer. Awesomer is not a word. Lame. I’m getting pretty good at telling you all things that are NOT words.
This week in Cooking Through Stacy’s Stash we’re tackling another Betty Crocker cookbook. I love Betty Crocker – I try to imagine that she’s a real person and that we’re friends…then I remember that her name is all made up, I get a little ticked off because I feel like I’ve been lied to – but whatever.
I used to have more of her cookbooks before I purged my collection and I just kept my favorites. This one is called Easy Entertaining. I love looking through the pictures – and there are a lot of them! Basically, this cookbook is laid out based on party types. It has outdoor get-together themes, party themes, and holiday themes. With each theme there are menu ideas and recipes – pictures included. Makes me wanna have regular parties every time I look through it.
I chose the recipe for Surprise French Toast because it looked kinda sad. Based on the name, you’d think there was something super exciting about it – but no. It was just French toast with cream cheese inside. While that’s a very happy thing, it’s not exactly a surprise, so I “healthified” this recipe and made it happier. Booya.
*I didn’t use powdered sugar or margarine.*
So, to make this more special I added almond butter, cinnamon, vanilla, and coconut. This is more of an “idea” than a “recipe.” I’m not going to give you specific amounts really, because you can make as many sandwiches as you like – one or 50…and after you have one you might want 50.
You can use any bread you have: store-bought, homemade, banana bread, English muffins, etc. I actually used this Grain-Free Sandwich Bread (I left the honey out). We love it and I can’t quit making it – it’s killer with some butter. YUMMO!
You’ll need two slices of bread for each sandwich – on one slice of bread spread on some almond butter and sprinkle with coconut. On another slice spread some cream cheese and sprinkle with cinnamon. Don’t really be liberal with the fillings for they will just ooze out the sides when you fry them – oozing almond butter? Nevermind – be liberal. Put the pieces together to make a sandwich.
In a shallow bowl, combine eggs, milk and vanilla. Whisk. Dip each side of sandwich in this mixture.
Now, heat up some butter, coconut oil, or palm shortening (I used palm shortening) in a skillet of your choice. I fry almost everything in my cast iron skillet. When it’s hot, add the sandwiches. Fry for about 8 minutes on each side.
Serve with maple syrup…or do like me and Barry – I melted some coconut butter and drizzled it on top of ours. Annie stuck with maple syrup.
NOTE: When making French toast, I always scramble the leftover egg mixture. Yes, it has vanilla in it but I don’t want the egg to go to waste and I really like the flavor of vanilla in my eggs.
Verdict? SURPRISE!!! These rock. For real. Make them today…my surprise is way better than Betty’s. No offense, Betty.
Surprise French Toast
- Spreadable cream cheese
- Bread (any type, 2 pieces per sandwich)
- Nut butter
- Shredded unsweetened coconut
- Butter, palm shortening, or coconut oil for frying
- Spread one slice of bread with cream cheese and sprinkle with cinnamon. Spread another slice of bread with nut butter and sprinkle with coconut. Place together to make sandwich. Repeat for how many sandwiches you need.
- In a shallow bowl, combine egg, milk, and vanilla. (For my family of 3 with 3 sandwiches, I used 2 eggs, ½ cup milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla…and had a tad of mixture left over for scrambling.)
- Heat skillet over medium heat and melt fat of choice (I used two tablespoons).
- Dip sandwiches in egg mixture. Place in hot skillet. Fry 8 minutes on each side.
- Serve with maple syrup or melted coconut butter (yum!).