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Ricotta-Stuffed French Toast

 Ricotta-Stuffed French Toast
This recipe is adapted from a breakfast treat a friend of ours prepared during back-country trips into the mountains. Now we serve it to guests at our bed and breakfast, and it's one of their favorites! The maple syrup, Vermont cheese, bread from our local baker and eggs from our own Bantam hens provide plenty of energy for skiers, hikers and bicyclists who visit our inn!
12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) Italian bread
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 4 Eggland's Best Eggs
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Confectioners' sugar
  • Maple syrup, optional

Directions

  • Cut bread into 24 thin slices. Spread 12 slices with ricotta cheese;
  • top with remaining bread slices. Beat eggs, cream, vanilla extract,
  • nutmeg and cinnamon together.
  • Dip each sandwich into egg mixture. In skillet, melt 1 tablespoon
  • butter. Grill sandwiches slowly until golden brown; turn and grill
  • other side.
  • Dust with confectioners' sugar. Top with maple syrup if desired.
  • Yield: 12 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 182 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 87 mg cholesterol, 281 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.