Offering a delectable combination of sweet and savoury, this Apple Cheddar Stuffed French Toast is a decadent dish that can be cooked up by the kids — under adult supervision — just for Mom's enjoyment.
Those who like to eat local might want to look for Red Prince apples to try in this recipe. The variety, a cross between the Golden Delicious and the Red Jonathan, is somewhat of an anomaly.
While most apples are harvested and marketed in the fall, Red Prince apples, grown in Thornbury, Ont., are harvested in the fall and then stored for several months to fully develop their tangy-sweet flavour and crunchy texture. They're available from early January until early summer and can be found in stores in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
If desired, substitute ham or turkey bacon for the bacon.
Apple Cheddar Stuffed French Toast
50 ml (1/4 cup) skim or 2 per cent milk
1 ml (1/4 tsp) pure vanilla extract
1 apple, cored
Pinch of cinnamon
8 slices multigrain bread
125 g (4 oz) old white cheddar, sliced or grated
4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
In a shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla; set aside.
Thinly slice apple and place in a bowl. Toss with cinnamon and set aside.
Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and lightly spray with cooking oil. Dip 1 slice of bread into egg mixture and place on hot pan. Top with 1/4 of the apple slices and 1/4 of the cheddar. Top with another slice of bread dipped in egg mixture. Cook until golden brown and the cheese is completely melted, 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
Repeat method for remaining 3 french toast sandwiches.
If desired, keep warm in 100 C (200 F) oven until ready to eat.
Serve with bacon bits and maple syrup.
Makes 4 servings.
Nutrition information per serving (1 sandwich with 15 ml/1 tbsp maple syrup): 501 calories; 18 g fat (9 g saturated fat); 175 mg cholesterol; 61 g carbohydrates; 7 g fibre; 21 g protein; 588 mg sodium.
Source: Red Prince Apples, www.redprinceapple.ca.