Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Gluten Free Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

So…THIS happened:

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TWICE!

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Yep. Twice in one weekend. Friends – this breakfast is truly decadent. It is truly a treat. AND it is truly gluten free! (and easy!)

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GF Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Caramelized Bananas

Who knew that caramelized bananas were delicious? Not me. I have a love/hate/love relationship with bananas. But caramelized bananas? Love. Just plain LOVE.

To make this dish you’ll need:

SERVING ONE

2 pieces of gluten free bread (I used Udi’s)

2 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 tbsp. vanilla (make sure gluten free!)

cream cheese*

1 banana

cinnamon

syrup of choice

*As for the cream cheese, this is really your call. I used 2 tbsp. of just plain cream cheese to stuff (meaning spread on the bottom layer of french toast and then sandwich them together). If you want to get fancy, you could look up a recipe for cream cheese frosting and really indulge.

If you go the plain cream cheese route, measure out how much you want to use and then let it sit out at room temperature while you cook. This will help you spread it between the layers.

In a bowl (or pan) whisk together your eggs, milk, and vanilla. Dip in your toast and let it soak for one minute on each side.

In a large skillet, melt either 2 tbsp. of butter or spray the pan with cooking spray. (Since you’re caramelizing the bananas, I suggest butter) Cut up the bananas either in to small circle chunks or long pieces.

Once your pan is heated, cook your bananas on the outskirts of your pan WHILE cooking your french toast in the middle. One pan people! Less mess!!

Cook the bananas on each side around 5 minutes or until they begin to brown. When you flip the banana to cook the opposite side, sprinkle the cooked side with cinnamon.

Cook your french toast until browned on both sides. Spread cream cheese or pipe cream cheese onto the bottom layer and then sandwich with banana and the top layer of bread. Serve with warm syrup – you won’t need much!

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Seriously, I feel like I don’t even need to describe this for you guys. I feel like the pictures say it all.

Thick slices of french toast with sweet, caramelized bananas and a tart, creamy stuffing. I die.

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Make this – then email me and we can obsess over it together.

With an indulgent – DELICIOUS -  breakfast like this, who needs gluten!?!