Berry and Ricotta Filled French Toast

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A picture of this Berry Ricotta Filled French Toast was all it took to save the recipe even if I hadn’t read it yet.

It’s been on my mind for a while now and after actually taking time to read the recipe I was convinced that only a few little changes could make it absolutely perfect!

My rule is not to try a recipe for the first time when intending to serve it to guests or even family members.  There’s always a chance of encountering some unexpected difficulty.  These are the occasions to pull out those tried and true recipes and make life easier for yourself.  And yet after passing on this advice to many I have on occasion broken my own rule.  Fortunately, so far, there haven’t been any major disasters!

Today I took my own advice and tried out the recipe before using it for next Sunday’s breakfast feeling a little more confident.  Since being the only one home when experimenting I enjoyed a lovely brunch for one.

I once read that if three or more changes are made to an existing recipe you can call it your own.  By replacing the cinnamon and almond extract in the ricotta with a little sugar and fresh lemon zest, using cooked down berries in the center instead of fresh and adding a couple of tablespoons of milk to loosen the consistency of the egg I just may call this recipe my own. However, a big thank you to whoever came up with such a delicious idea!

Ricotta and berries are the best thing that could ever happen to every day French Toast. Truly delicious and totally enjoyable,  an excellent recipe for a special breakfast or brunch!

Ricotta and Berry Filled French Toast

Because of the changes and first time making this I experimented with ingredient amounts for only one portion.  Make as many as needed by doubling amounts or adjusting recipe for as many portions required.

Although the original recipe suggested using fresh berries in the center of the toast, cooking down 2 to 3 sliced strawberries with a few raspberries then adding two teaspoons of sugar mixed with 2 teaspoons corn starch makes a delicious filling instead.

2 slices soft, white or whole wheat toast bread

½ cup ricotta

1 tablespoon sugar

finely grated zest of half a lemon

1 extra large egg

2 tablespoons milk

Fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries

  1. Blend together ricotta, sugar and lemon zest, set aside.
  2. Make berry filling or cut up about a quarter cup of fresh berries.
  3. Spread ricotta mixture on one slice of bread cover with filling or fresh berries.
  4. Place second slice of bread on top.
  5. In a shallow dish beat together egg and milk.
  6. Carefully place filled bread in the egg mixture then turn over to coat other side.
  7. Place a generous knob of butter in a no stick skillet on medium heat, when butter begins to sizzle, place toast into pan and cook until golden, carefully flip over and cook second side.
  8. Serve with extra fresh berries and a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar if desired.
  9. Makes one double slice Filled French Toast.

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Notes, Tips and Suggestions

  • A layer of strawberry jam instead of berries might work in a pinch.
  • This is quite filling therefore thinner sliced bread may be a good choice instead or find someone to share it with.
  • Try making this recipe your very own!!

 

 

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