Friday, April 29, 2011

Brilliant Brunch: Strawberry Shortcake Stuffed French Toast

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It amazes me that I haven't posted any blogs with breakfast recipes?!  And, I make big breakfasts ALL the time!  It finally occurred to me that I should just start posting some to the blog, and let everyone partake!  This recipe combines strawberries and cream, which is a very traditional English dish. 

Obviously, I am one of the millions of Americans that will be awake to see, live, the Royal Wedding this morning.  My mom likes to tell the story of my 5 year-old self in preschool.  Everyone was asked what they wanted to be; the teacher would write it down and we would have to draw a picture.  Well, everyone came out on the playground saying, I want to be a teacher, I want to be a doctor, I want to be a mommy.  I came out and Mom asked what I wanted to be.  I said, I want to be a queen!  Well, let us just say I never lived that down. 

Watching a girl with her own fairly modest beginnings ascend to the throne is a fairytale come true for many; in fact it has been over 300 years since that happened.  I think it is one more reaffermation that in the end it is not what you were born with in life, but what you make with it that defines who you are.  Anyone can go from modest beginnings to the President of the USA or Queen of England.  Amazing, and something to celebrate. 

Strawberry Shortcake Stuffed French Toast
Serves:  4
1 loaf of challah bread
4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 package)
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
12 strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
1 egg
2 tablespoons skim milk
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Cut off the ends of the challah bread.  Cut the remaining bread into 4 slices.  Split the slices through the middle without cutting all the way through.  Mix together cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, and strawberries.  Stuff the cream cheese mixture into the slices.  In a small bowl, mix together the egg and milk.  Meanwhile, mix together cinnamon and remaining sugar. Brush the egg mixture on both sides of the slices and sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture on each side of the bread.  Place each french toast into a hot greased skillet.  Cook on each side about 3 minutes, until browned.   Serve hot. 

You can substitute any kind of bread but I love challah bread and John had never had it.  I also don't buy it that often from the bakery so it is a perfect way for us to start the morning.  I hope, regardless of what you do today, it's a perfect Friday.  It should be.  I also hope for the newlyweds a lifetime of happiness and love.  They look so great together, don't they?

Until the next time my oven is on...

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