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Cheese-Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Sauce

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 2 slices toast and 1/2 cup sauce)

Ingredients

  • 12 (1-ounce) diagonally cut slices French bread
  • 1/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) tub reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 2 large eggs
  • Cooking spray
  • Strawberry Sauce
  • Candied Lemon Rind

Nutrition Information

  • calories 517
  • caloriesfromfat 19 %
  • fat 10.9 g
  • satfat 5.4 g
  • monofat 3.9 g
  • polyfat 1.2 g
  • protein 17.8 g
  • carbohydrate 89.5 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 101 mg
  • iron 2.2 mg
  • sodium 653 mg
  • calcium 242 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cut a horizontal slit through bottom crust of each slice of bread to form a pocket. Combine powdered sugar and cream cheese; stir well. Spread mixture evenly into pockets of bread. Place 6 bread slices in each of two large, shallow baking dishes; set aside.

  2. Combine milk, sugar, vanilla extract, egg whites, and eggs in a bowl; beat well with a wire whisk. Pour milk mixture evenly over bread slices. Cover and chill 1 hour or until liquid is absorbed.

  3. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray, and place over medium heat until hot. Arrange half of bread slices in skillet, and cook 3 minutes. Turn bread over, and cook 3 minutes or until browned; remove from skillet. Repeat procedure with the remaining bread slices.

  4. Serve with Strawberry Sauce, and garnish with Candied Lemon Rind.