Saturday, June 9, 2012

Cooking With Kids: Cream Cheese & Jam French Toast

Have you ever made cream cheese and jelly sandwiches or french toast?  We never have here until recently. I don't know why.  Scooter picked out the Strawberry French Toastwiches from the Southern Living: Kids Cookbook that we've been cooking out of (page 48).  We attempted them one morning recently.  And they were yummy!  Normally I don't make french toast for breakfast, it's usually for dinner.  The kids always request french toast from Grandma N. for breakfast when they get to see her.  So this was an unusual treat for us.

Of course we changed a few of the ingredients and directions.  It's just what we do.  We've done it with all the recipes we've made out of the Southern Living: Kids Cookbook .  We've already attempted:
If you'd like to try these cream cheese and jam goodies, I'm pretty sure you could figure them out without directions or a recipe.  But in keeping with tradition of these posts, I'm going to give you the play by play.  Or the mess by mess.  Look past the mess in the happens here frequently.
  • 1 box or container cream cheese, softened (we used Neufchatel cream cheese)
  • 8 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 jar berry preserves (we used triple berry)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar
  • blueberries

Spread one slice of bread with the cream cheese and one slice with the preserves.  I don't think Scooter was quite awake yet while he was cream cheesing his bread.  Chewy and I woke up him up earlier than his normal summer sleep in time because we were anxious to get these babies started.

Mix up the eggs, milk, and vanilla in a shallow pan.  Pie dishes work great for this.  And slap the jam bread and cream cheese bread together to make a sandwich.  Kids in robes are optional.

No photos for the following, but I'm pretty sure you'll know what to do.  Dip both sides of the sandwich in the egg batter and throw them on a skillet or griddle that's been lightly greased.  Cook both sides until golden brown.  Maybe 1 or 2 minutes on each side.  If they get black, you've gone too far.  But you knew that! 

Cut the french toast into triangles, strips, or pieces.  Whatever suits your fancy.  We went with triangles.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with berries.  Yummy! 

The kids could easily put the jam on the bread, but they both needed help with the cream cheese.  Of course I had to do the cooking part with the hot griddle, so this was a little more hands on for the parent.  But it wasn't too messy and this recipe received 2 thumbs up from both kids.

Have you tried these or any other kind of french toast?  And do you do them for breakfast or dinner?

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