OK, so, this recipe turns out to be more for me than for the meat-eaters. But I get an A for effort. Primarily, I think, it failed because real coconut that you dry yourself just does not turn into bacon like bulk coconut. It fails to become smoky enough and instead tastes like smoky toasted coconut. I love it. My husband, the meat-eater who I do these conversions for in the first place, HATES coconut. But, I digress. French toast. Drool. Bacon, drool. Put em together, uh, YUM!
Bacon & Brown Sugar Stuffed French Toast
4 oz. cream cheese, softened (Tofutti makes a good vegan version)
3/4 C brown sugar
1 T. maple syrup (or 1 t. maple extract)
12 slices bread
4 eggs (Sub 2-3 ripe bananas bananas for vegan)
1/3 C milk (I subbed Almond Milk)
Combine softened cream cheese, brown sugar and maple syrup in a mixing bowl. Beat until combined and fluffy, about 3 minutes with an electric mixer or about 5 minutes by hand. Refrigerate both bacon and the cream cheese mixture until using.
Spread the cream cheese-brown sugar mixture onto one side of each slice of bread. (I actually mixed it all in together since my “bacon” was pre-crumbled and spread that all on the bread.)
Add 3-5 slices of bacon on top of half the bread slices. Cover with the remaining slices to make sandwiches.
Whisk together the eggs and milk in a shallow dish. Sprayed skillet or griddle with non-stick spray and set on medium-high heat. Dip both sides of each sandwich into the egg mixture (I had to dip four sides because I missed that whole “shallow” bowl part. Sigh. Cook about 3-5 minutes per side, until golden brown and toasty. Recipe adapted from Kate’s at Stolen Moments.
Holy cowabunga Batman. This is stinking delicious. It’s like this weirdly smoky toasted sugary coconuty cheesy glob of deliciousness inside French toast! Who doesn’t love that? Turns out neither my husband nor our toddler love that. Good! More for mommy! It’s almost like a samoa cookie, or whatever toasted-coconut name they’re calling those Girl Scout cookies nowadays, stuffed inside French toast. So. Good. Again, it tastes NOTHING like bacon, to me. Or to my meat-eater husband. But it is FANtastic. Next time I’ll go get the bulk coconut and make it actually taste like bacon and share. Maybe.What are you having for Sunday Brunch, Breakfast or Lunch?