Pineapple-Stuffed French Toast | U.S. Dairy

Pineapple-Stuffed French Toast

Makes 8 Servings

  • Total Time: 70
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 40

Ingredients

  • ½ fresh pineapple
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Dash of Kosher salt
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 16 slices whole grain bread
  • 5 eggs, large
  • ½ cup low-fat or fat-free lactose-free dairy milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar
  • Nonstick spray

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Finely dice the pineapple and combine with the honey, cinnamon, and dash of salt in a roasting pan. Bake for 30 minutes.
  3. After the pineapple has been pulled from the oven, drain the juice from the roasting pan and into the cottage cheese; stir together.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla.
  5. Assemble the French toast: Scoop a spoonful of cottage cheese into the center of half of the slices of bread. Place a spoonful of roasted pineapple on top each scoop of cottage cheese. Finish with another slice of bread.
  6. Gently press together the sandwiches and using a round cookie cutter or a drinking glass, cut a round out of each stack. Pinch the edges of each circle together to seal in the filling.
  7. Dip each round into the egg mixture and place in a hot skillet that has been coated with nonstick spray.
  8. Toast each side until crispy. Serve warm with a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top.

Tips/Tricks - Note with alterations the nutritional values will be affected, including lactose content

**Treat this recipe as a template and tailor it to your personal preferences: Make it sweeter by stuffing more pineapple into each serving, add moisture by adding more cottage cheese. And if you prefer less texture altogether, substitute a creamy ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese.

**To save time (and further play with flavors), substitute your favorite jams, jellies, or fresh fruit for the roasted pineapple.

**Allow leftover crusts to get stale and pulse into homemade breadcrumbs in a food processor. Don’t let anything go to waste!