Again...I'm BIG on breakfast. This little gem is going to rock your world! Not exactly the healthiest breakfast ever, but still a breakfast of champions in my opinion. I love to go to breakfast joints and see all the different takes on breakfast favorites like French toast, waffles, crepes, etc. The possibilities are endless. This is a cinnamon roll take on French toast inspired by my little sis-in-law "Gizmo". She made a "Cinnabon" French toast at our house a while back that was outrageous. It had a lot of elements and every single one took the dish to another level. With this version I opted to take the lazy morning approach and create something that was simple and delicious and not too time consuming. Let me know what you think!
8 slices of French bread about 1 inch thick (This is what makes it Frenchy!)
10 egg whites
2/3 cup powdered sugar
4 oz fat free or reduced fat cream cheese (that makes it diet right?!)
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp sugar
In a bowl combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Set aside. Then in a casserole dish or pie plate mix egg whites, cinnamon and sugar. Dip and flip each piece of French bread into the egg white mixture coating each side and giving it just a few seconds to soak up the egg white. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Place each piece of egg white soaked French bread on the skillet. You will likely have to do two or three batches. Cook until the egg on the outside starts to brown and turns a medium to dark golden. Flip and cook on the other side. The outside should get a little crispy and the inside should stay moist. To plate the french toast, plate 1 piece as it comes off the skillet or griddle and plop a dollop of about 1 1/2 Tbsp of the cream cheese mixture. Then place another piece of french toast on top slightly off the side of the other peice. Dust with powdered sugar and add chopped nuts if desired. Drizzle with Maple syrup.