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Sunday, July 30, 2017

French Toast on a Stick


Mother’s Day is fast approaching. If you haven’t bought a gift yet, how about sharing your time and talents by making Mom breakfast in bed? This recipe is fun, colorful -- and easy to eat on a tray.

You’ll need eight 10-inch skewers.

Tested size: 4 servings

3 large eggs
1 cup low-fat milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 demi-baguette (about 12 inches) or 1/2 long baguette
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
16 strawberries
2 medium bananas
1/2 cup fresh blueberries, stemmed as needed
Maple syrup or confectioners' sugar, for serving

Use a whisk to lightly beat the eggs in a mixing bowl, then whisk in the milk and cinnamon until well combined.

Cut the baguette into ten 1-inch slices, then cut each slice into quarters, transferring them to the bowl of egg mixture as you work.

Melt the butter in a large skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium heat. Tilt the skillet so the butter coats it evenly.

Carefully add half the soaked bread pieces, shaking off any excess egg mixture; cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until they are light brown on the bottom. Use tongs or a fork to turn the pieces; cook for a few more minutes until lightly browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate.

Cook the remaining half of the soaked bread pieces (no need to add more butter). Discard any remaining egg mixture.

While the French toast pieces cool a bit, hull the strawberries, then cut each one in half from top to bottom. Slice the bananas into 1/2-inch rounds.

Carefully slide a piece of French toast onto a skewer, followed by a strawberry half, a slice of banana and a blueberry. Repeat until the skewer is full; repeat to use all the French toast pieces and fruit.

Serve right away, with maple syrup for dipping or sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.

Adapted from “Cooking Class,” by Deanna F. Cook (Storey Publishing, 2015).

Tested by Toni L. Sandys.

Nutritional Facts
Calories per 2-skewers: 300
% Daily Values*
Total Fat: 8g 12%
Saturated Fat: 4g 20%
Cholesterol: 150mg 50%
Sodium: 340mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates: 47g 16%
Dietary Fiber: 5g 20%
Sugar: 17g
Protein: 12g

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