Today’s Brunch consisted of sweet & spicy! I rarely make French Toast, not because I’m not a fan of it, but simply because I truly enjoy pancakes, waffles, and other breakfast treats. However, my husband is a HUGE lover of french toast, so hey, why not?!
Then I figured that it would be even more awesome to make my french toast with a twist. Why not play on my love for strawberry cheesecake and incorporate that in today’s brunch! So I did just that! Cream cheese flavored french toast with a Strawberry topping. Yum. I’d like to call it- “Cinnamon French Toast sticks w/ Cream Cheese” to be exact.
But what is a good brunch without some protein?? Not a memorable one at all! Haha! I mean, this is why they came up with the whole idea of Chicken + Waffles. FLAVOR TOWN!! So I did my own spin on things and made Chicken + French Toast! What a delightful meal it was. Oh & the wings were Spicy Fried Wings (which were leftovers from yesterday!). I’ve included the recipe for the wings Here!
There you have it! My Sunday Brunch paired with a nice glass of Peach Mango juice in a martini glass to make it even more exquisite. Haha! You must set the scene from time to time! Enjoy my recipe below↓
Cinnamon French Toast Sticks w/ Cream Cheese Recipe
-4 slices of your favorite bread
-2 tsp of cinnamon
-2 large eggs
-1 Tbsp sugar
-1 cup evaporated milk OR heavy cream
-1 Tbsp vanilla extract
-3 Tbsp Cream cheese
-Maple syrup (for serving)
Cut each slice of bread into four sticks. Set aside.
Heat Cream cheese for 2-3 minutes in a small pot, turning frequently to avoid burning, until lightly melted.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, evaporated milk (OR heavy cream), cinnamon, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla. Then dip each piece of bread in the egg mixture, turning to coat it on all sides so that it’s well-saturated with the custard.
Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Once the butter has melted, place several of the coated sticks in a single layer in the pan.
**Do not place too many pieces in the pan to avoid overcrowding!**
Cook until golden brown on one side then flip and continue cooking until the sticks are golden brown and slightly crisped on all edges.
To ensure inside is cooked through, place cooked pieces on baking sheet and let bake in 425 degree oven for 3-4 minutes. Once done, remove from oven.
Serve immediately with maple syrup for dipping.
For Strawberry Topping:
Add 1 cup of strawberries, 2 Tbsp of lemon juice, 1/2 cup of water, 3 Tbsp of sugar, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract to small pot on medium heat. Let boil for 5 minutes, until strawberries begin to fully soften. Then in a small bowl, mix together 1 tsp of hot water and 1 tsp of corn starch, until a smooth white paste is formed. Add white paste mixture to boiling strawberry mixture and let simmer on low heat for 1-2 minutes, until thick.
Remove from heat and top french toast, adding sprinkled powdered sugar (if desired) OR not.
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