Strawberry-Ricotta French Toast

Strawberry-Ricotta French Toast

2 C. sliced strawberries

1/4 C. sugar, divided

3/4 C. part-skim ricotta cheese

Freshly grated orange rind

1-1/2 t. vanilla

4 (1-inch) slices wheat bread

4 eggs

1/4 C. milk

1 T. butter

2 to 3 T. sour cream

In medium bowl, stir together strawberries and 2 tablespoons of the sugar. Set aside. In small bowl, stir together the ricotta, freshly grated orange rind, 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla and remaining sugar (2 tablespoons). Stir well.

Make a pocket in each thick bread slice by cutting from top to within 1/2 inch of bottom. Fill each pocket with about 2 tablespoons of the ricotta mixture, spreading it as evenly as you can. In a medium bowl, beat eggs and milk with a small whisk or fork. Beat in remaining teaspoon of vanilla. Blend well. Pour into a 9-inch square pan. Place filled bread slices in egg mixture and let stand until most of egg mixture is absorbed, about 3 or 4 minutes on each side. (Turn bread with a broad spatula.)

In a 10-inch skillet over high heat or on a griddle (380° F. for an electric griddle), heat butter until hot enough to sizzle a water drop. Place bread on hot surface and reduce heat to medium and cook until lightly browned, about 2 to 4 minutes per side.

To serve, top each bread slice with remaining ricotta mixture that has been blended with sour cream. Top with 1/4 cup of the sliced strawberries and their juices.

Yield: 4 servings.

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