Stuffed French Toast

Recipe Ingredients:
Topping:
2 cups fresh mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries & blueberries)
1/4 cup sugar
Filling:
2/3 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
1/4 cup strawberry jam
Dunking Liquid:
3 large eggs
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla flavoring
1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring

12 slices French bread or Texas toast (1/2" to 3/4" thick)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, butter or margarine

Preparation:
1. Combine berries and sugar in small bowl, set aside.
2. Combine ricotta cheese and strawberry preserves in another small bowl and mix well.
3. Combine the eggs, milk, brown sugar, and vanilla in a deep-dish pie plate or shallow bowl and mix well.
4. Spread ricotta preserve mixture evenly over 6 slices of bread.
5. Top with remaining slices of bread to form a sandwich. Press the outer edges together slightly with a fork to keep the filling in place.
6. Heat a small amount of oil in a large frying pan or griddle over medium heat. Dip each sandwich in the egg mixture, turning to coat both sides.
7. Cook each side about 2 minutes till golden brown.
8. Serve this French toast with butter, maple syrup, a spoonful of the sugared berries, and a dusting of powdered sugar (confectioners sugar).
Makes 6 servings.




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