Cheddar Chocolate Cheesecake-stuffed French Toast


Cheddar Cheesecake and Chocolate French Toast
















I have found the solution to world peace!
Ok, so that might be a slight exaggeration, but I do have the solution to the early morning grumpies!
Who would be able to resist decadent, hot off the griddle french toast, stuffed with sharp cheddar, brown sugared marscapone, and chocolate chips drizzled in a warm apple cider syrup?

Side note: do you want your kids to stop arguing? Give them a spoonful of apple cider syrup.
Want them to eat their Brussels sprouts? Drown them in apple cider syrup.
Want to keep them from making innocent sarcastic comments about their *eccentric* relatives to their faces during Christmas dinner? Just give them a big bowl of apple cider syrup and tell them to sit in a corner.
Feeling depressed but don't have any ice cream? Apple cider syrup.
Got a cold? Apple cider syrup.
Enough said.

Break out the fat pants people.


So, there is a reason that people gain weight at Christmas...
This French toast recipe is at the top of that list.

 
BUT! if you would like to splurge on this fine holiday season, (for 'tis the season of moderation), or make your family exceedingly happy, or fulfill your deepest childhood dreams of making a cheese and chocolate sandwich to take to school for lunch (because that was what all of the cool kids did...), then enjoy this in good health!

Cheddar Chocolate Cheesecake-stuffed

French Toast

time cook: 45 minutes
serves: 4

Ingredients:

8 thick slices of sturdy, bakery quality bread (I used fresh challah)

FILLING:
1/2 cup marscapone (or cream cheese)
2 Tbs brown sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup shredded cheddar

EGG WASH:
3 eggs
1/3 cup milk
1 tbs. cornmeal
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 recipe Apple Cider Syrup (seen below)

Directions:

1. Gather all of your ingredients together. Preheat a large frying pan or counter top griddle to medium heat.

Your armory.
To make the filling:
2. Combine marscapone, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla in a small bowl.

3. Spread about 1 Tbs. of the filling on each piece of bread.

4. Add 1 tbs. of chocolate chips and 1 tbs. of shredded cheddar cheese to half of the pieces of bread.

5. Place the other four pieces of bread on top to form four sandwiches.













For egg wash:
6. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the eggs, milk, cornmeal, salt, and vanilla.

7. Dip each of the sandwiches (both sides) in the egg wash and place on a preheated griddle.













8. Top each egg-dredged sandwich with 1 Tbs of shredded cheese.

9. Cook on both sides for three or four minutes each, or until dry and done.

10. Let sit and cool for a minute or two once off of the griddle; serve with apple cider syrup.



Apple Cider Syrup:

Yields: about 1 1/2 cups
Time cook: 20 minutes

Apple Cider Syrup

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups apple cider
1 cup brown sugar, loosely packed
1 Tbs. butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon


Directions:

1. In a medium-sized pot, heat butter until melted.

2. After the butter is melted, add brown sugar, cinnamon, and apple cider and bring to a boil.

3. Let boil for 17 minutes.

4. Remove heat. The syrup will thicken as it cools.

NOTE: This syrup is best when made ahead of time. It is very easy, so it would be best to make it the night before to allow it time to cool and thicken. If you don't have time, after it finishes boiling, pour it in a shallow container and store it in the fridge until you serve it.



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