Thursday, February 25, 2010

French toast stuffed with ricotta and strawberry jam

Therapeutic snow-day food! Original recipe here.

Eight 3/4-inch-thick slices of firm white bread [I used up some soft oat sandwich bread and then some seven-grain stuff... the oat was much better]
1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese [I didn't measure this but just spread a layer on half the bread]
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons strawberry jam [we used gooseberry, and ditto, no measuring]
2 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting [skipped this]

Spread 4 slices of the bread with the ricotta. Spread the remaining 4 slices of bread with the strawberry jam. Close the sandwiches, pressing gently so they stay closed.

In a shallow bowl or pie plate, whisk the eggs with the milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Dip both sides of each sandwich into the egg mixture until well coated.

In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add 2 of the sandwiches and cook until golden, about 4 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining butter and sandwiches. Cut the sandwiches in half on the diagonal and transfer to plates. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve immediately.

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