I’m a recipe follower, rarely a creator. Well, I feel pretty confident with salads and sandwiches (they’re quite forgiving and I’ve had a ton of them over the past 28+ years) but when it comes to something that officially would qualify as a “recipe” I’d rather leave it up to the professionals. This is why I never enter recipe contests and it’s a shame. Because the recipe I’m about to share with you in this post, MY OWN recipe, is pretty phenomenal if I do-say so myself. And it’s healthy to boot. Apple-pie ricotta-stuffed baked french toast anyone?
This recipe is my entry for the Nature’s Pride recipe contest – six winners will get an all-paid trip to this year’s Foodbuzz Blogger Festival and will serve their creation at Nature’s Pride tasting pavilion. I really want to attend the festival so I put my best foot forward with my favorite breakfast treat – french toast… but a little better.
I purchased Nature’s Pride whole wheat bread because I really enjoyed it last year when I received 2 loaves from the company (P.S. This time I also received a free coupon to one Nature’s Pride bread product… I’m sure it’s somewhere in the house. yeah…). This bread is soft with a touch of sweetness, perfect for french toast! Since the winners will serve their creations to a large group, I wanted to make something that can be prepped ahead of time with minimal work during the event. This recipe definitely fits the bill (you can make it the night before and bake it for breakfast or just 1.5 hours before you’re ready to eat – like I did. This was my dinner tonight. ). Caramelized cinnamon apples, creamy baked ricotta, indulgent taste without the high calorie and fat bill – what else can you ask for?! (Maybe a trip to the Foodbuzz festival? lol ). Let’s let the photos do a little more of the talking, ok?
The perfect bite!
This really tasted like apple pie yet consisted of such basic, quite healthy ingredients. I used just a little butter for sauteeing the apples, whole milk in place of cream and just a touch of sugar. The aroma in the kitchen while this was baking was intoxicating and the first bite proved that my nose knew what’s up. I ate this like a ravenous animal afraid that someone may take it away from me any moment (yes, I liked it that much – I wasn’t actually that hungry). I hope you try it! There may be more original recipes here in the future since this one was such a success.
Apple Pie Ricotta-Stuffed Baked French Toast (serves 3-4, can be easily scaled up)
- 2 small-medium apples, sliced thinly
- 1T butter
- 2T brown sugar (divided)
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 1 cup whole milk (divided)
- cinnamon (to taste)
- 6 slices Nature’s Pride whole wheat bread (stale bread ok)
- 1/2 part skim ricotta
Spray 9×5 loaf pan with oil spray. Set a side.
Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once melted, add apple slices and toss them to coat with butter. Add a touch of salt. Cover with lid for a few minutes until they sweat and soften. Add 1T brown sugar and cinnamon to taste. Set aside.
If your bread is stale, move on to the next step. Otherwise toast bread, cube into ~1″ squares.
Whisk egg and egg white with 3/4 cups of milk. Add a touch of salt and the remaining 1T of brown sugar.
Assemble – Layer apples in a loaf pan, follow with 1/2 of the cubed bread slices, add blobs of ricotta cheese, cover with remaining bread cubes, pour egg/milk mixture over the pan. Use remaining milk to cover any dry spots.
Refrigerate 1 hour – overnight (overnight if bread was very stale or you want this for the next morning).
Bake at 350* for 30 minutes. When ready, invert the pan onto cutting board (apples should be on top). Cut into 3-4 servings (my picture shows 1/3 of a pan). Serve warm and enjoy!
I made this for lunch today and since it also involved Nature’s Pride ww bread and was quite delicious, I figured I’d share it here. Sandwiches I’m fearless with!
- 2 slices Nature’s Pride whole wheat bread, toasted
- baked tofu (I used TJ’s organic baked tofu in savory flavor)
- goat cheese
- 1/2 jalapeno, seeded
Layer up and enjoy! I loved the sweet and spicy combo. Made me feel like summer was back.
Are you a recipe follower or do you feel comfortable making up your own?
PS – Did you get a chance to read my post on a luxury dinner I prepared? I hope you enjoy it and VOTE for me to advance to round 4 of Project Food Blog. I worked really hard on that dinner and need your help to get to the next challenge! Thank you in advance!!