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Spoil your Valentine this year with this delicious strawberry cheese French toast. Make it the night before and place it in the oven in the morning in time for a perfect Valentines brunch J

Strawberry Cheese French Toast

Serves 4

Ingredients:

Base

  • 4 slices of brown bread, cut into 2½cm cubes
  • 150g plain chunky/smooth cottage cheese, low fat or full fat (note: cottage cheese and cream cheese are very different with cream cheese having cream added and therefore being much higher in saturated fat; low fat cream cheese contains about 25g fat per 100g; full fat cottage cheese contains about 11g fat per 100g)
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced (you can also add a mix of other berries)
  • 80ml low fat plain yoghurt
  • 125ml low fat or fat free milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup or honey (optional)

 

Sauce

  • ¼ cup sugar (optional)
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries, sliced

 

Method

  1. Grease a small (roughly 7x11cm) casserole dish
  2. Arrange half the bread cubes in the dish
  3. Evenly distribute the cottage cheese over the bread
  4. Scatter the sliced strawberries over the bread/cheese mix
  5. Layer the remaining bread cubes over the strawberry later
  6. Add the yoghurt and milk to a blender and blend until smooth
  7. Add in the eggs and blend 
  8. Add in the maple syrup or honey and blend until smooth
  9. Pour this mixture over the bread mixture
  10. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight
  11. Remove the casserole dish from the refrigerator 45 minutes before baking
  12. Preheat the oven to 180°C
  13. Bake the casserole covered for about 30 minutes
  14. Remove the foil and bake until the toast is puffed and golden brown, about 10-15 minutes
  15. Meanwhile, stir the sugar, water and cornstarch together in a small saucepan
  16. Cook over medium heat until mixture has thickened
  17. Mix in the sliced strawberries and cook until the strawberries have softened, about 10 minutes
  18. Pour the sauce hot over the French toast and serve immediately

 

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from original recipe.  

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