Yes really! This is a pan-fried version of bread and butter pudding, made in the method of a French toast sandwich! A wonderful recipe, which is just the ticket for a lazy weekend breakfast or brunch, OR as a mid-week quick and easy dessert. Although it is not necessary to stamp out the rounds of bread, it DOES look so much nicer - you can use the excess bread to make breadcrumbs for baking, I never seem to have enough! I have also made this recipe with sliced brioche, now that is TOTALLY delicious, especially when served as a dessert with jam, whipped cream or even custard! You can "lighten" this recipe very easily by using low fat cream, low fat spread and fat free milk, then spray the pan with low-fat cooking spray.
- Cut out an 8cm (3") circle from each slice of bread and lightly spread with butter. Divide the dried fruit between 8 bread discs and sandwich with the remaining discs, buttered sides together. Press together well.
- Beat the eggs, cream, milk and vanilla together in a shallow bowl.
- Clarify the rest of the butter, by melting and pouring off the buttery liquid into a large non-stick frying pan, leaving the white solids behind. Put the frying pan over a medium heat.
- Dip the fruit ‘sandwiches’ into the egg mixture until well-soaked and evenly coated. Fry the sandwiches for 2 minutes on each side until golden. Drain on kitchen paper, then dip in the caster sugar and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Serve immediately.
These little gems were delicious! I used dried apricots and light butter. I think these would also be great with just cinnamon/sugar sandwiched in between. Thanks for posting this yummy treat!
How quick & easy to prepare this wonderful tasting sandwich! I used a mix of chopped dried fruits ~ pears, dates, apricots & tart Fuji apples ~ & they made for great sandwiches! Very nice, as is, but I'd also like to try this with a multigrain bread, or one bread disc white & the other multigrain! Thanks for posting such a great recipe! [Tagged, made & reviewed for one of my teammates in the Aus/NZ Recipe Swap #16]
These little french toasts were incredible. So much flavor and the texture was fantastic. They were so delicious. Quick and really easy to make...I have enjoyed them three times already...I keep using the same fruit as they were perfect together. I used a combination of dried cantaloupe and dried blueberries for a treat that is out of this world. Sprinkled with a little icing sugar and cinnamon for a perfect topping. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely recipe my friend. Made for Aussie Swap 3/2014.