I think I may be gearing up for a challenging week with this little A to Z feature I've been working on. My letters for the week are F, G, H, I and J. Not the easiest of alphabetical symbols to cook from I realized, as I mulled over the possibilities this past weekend. When I became stumped after a few attempts myself, I gathered the other food lovers of the house and we sat down to do some family brainstorming. I hope you like what we've concocted for you.
We begin the week with F and both the husband and I immediately thought of French toast, which is quite interesting as it's a food that rarely graces our dining table. We certainly don't dislike it, we just don't eat it all that often. Traditional French toast didn't seem like a great lunch-box treat to me though, so I modified it a bit by making french toast fingers - single servings of the warm breakfast food, sandwiched with an assortment of fillings.
We made a nutella-stuffed version and one with raspberry preserves nestled between the warm bread slices. Lastly, we tried a mashed banana filling, which was, surprisingly, the least favourite of the group. Served with a maple-yogurt dipping sauce this was such a fun and tasty alternative to the regular breakfast food. Perfect for the school lunch-box - especially when you think you can't possibly make another sandwich.
Kitchen helpers can assist you with this dish and they can easily be made the night before to make the morning rush just that much easier. I let my guys spread the filling between the trimmed bread slices and they even managed dipping the bread in the eggs and making the yogurt sauce with little guidance on my part. I took care of the cooking and slicing and they happily noshed on the samples I provided.
I hope you try this with your family. What are your favourite "F" foods? Please do share...the abundance of comments last week truly made my nights as I would sit and read through each one of them. Enjoy the day....
French Toast Fingers
yields: 2 servings
8 slices of bread
splash of milk
pinch of cinnamon
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
filling of choice: nutella, mashed banana, jam etc
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 tbsp maple syrup
~ Line-up the bread and spread every other slice with one of the fillings.
~ Top each slice with a plain piece of bread and set aside.
~ Combine the eggs and milk in a shallow plate or bowl. Dip the sandwiched bread into the egg and let soak for a minute on each side.
~ While the bread is soaking in the egg, preheat the pan to med-high heat and melt the butter and oil together.
~ Cook the bread for approx. 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Continue with all of the breads until everything is cooked.
~ Slice the toasts into fingers and set out on a plate.
~ Combine the yogurt and maple syrup and use for a dipping sauce for the fingers.