I can't help it, since I bought that new cookbook; I am on a Paula Deen kick. This was good, but it could have been better, & I will tell you why. The strawberries I had were a little tart. So next time I will kick it up a notch (I know, I'm no Emeril) by sweetening the strawberries, or the cream cheese, or maybe both. I'm not sure yet. Anyway, even though I think I could improve on this, the kids still ate it (Hubby is out of town) and I thought it was pretty good.
I really should have taken the picture from a different angle, you know, so you could see the 'stuffed' part of the French toast. Oh well, maybe next time, once I improve on it.
TJ's Cream Cheese and Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast
Adapted from, The Deen Family Cookbook
½ cup milk
4 oz cream cheese
8 slices bread - use whatever you have on hand - I used whole grain white
Fresh sliced strawberries
Butter for cooking (it’s not Paula Deen without butter!)
Topping of choice…I used Maple syrup and confectioners’ sugar
1. In a shallow bowl whisk together eggs and milk. Spread the cream cheese on 4 slices of bread, top the cream cheese with a single layer of strawberries. Top with remaining 4 slices of bread.
2. Melt butter on griddle over med-low heat. Dip the sandwiches in the egg mixture for a few seconds on each side. Cook sandwiches until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.
****Next time I will add a little sugar to the strawberries….maybe a tablespoon & I will add a little confectioners sugar to the cream cheese…