French Toast with Pumpkin Marscapone

French Toast with Pumpkin-Marscapone


This is not diet food.  This is delicious, real, satisfying food.  This is not an everyday breakfast, but for a special occasion (maybe your having company the morning after Thanksgiving?) it is a nice treat made from real food.  We hear all the time, how real dietary change comes from making a lifestyle change-not going on a diet.  I think that a lifestyle of real food has to include a decadent treat, now and again.  If you want to adapt this for a more calorie restrictive diet you could switch out the half and half for whole milk (or whatever you have in the house).

I used a sprouted grain bread because that is what I had on hand, and I really enjoy that kind of bread.  You can experiment with using different kinds of bread, anything you have on hand should work.

I tried to make a pumpkin French toast a couple of different ways.  They were abysmal.  We shall not speak of them.  The mistake I made was trying to find a way to incorporate the pumpkin into the French toast itself.  I think the only way to make that workable would be to start with a pumpkin bread. Instead, this recipe relies on a traditional French toast with warm spices and vanilla and the pumpkin element is in the marscapone topping.  Yum!

This was my first time working with marscapone.  It is an Italian cream cheese, however it doesn't have any tang so it works really well in sweet applications where you want to have a creamy element.



Makes: 4 Pieces of French Toast

Ingredients for the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup marscapone
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree (canned is fine, as long as it is unsweetened)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cloves

Ingredients for the Toast:

  • 1/2 TBSP butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup half & half
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cloves

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl mix together all of the ingredients for the topping.  Set aside.
  2. In another small bowl, whisky together the eggs, half & half, vanilla extract, and spices. 
  3. In a frying pan on medium low, melt the butter.
  4. While your butter is melting, dip a couple pieces of your bread in the egg mixture for at least 30 seconds on each side.
  5. Brown the toast on both sides, this will take a couple minutes.
  6. Top each piece of toast with a spoonful of the pumpkin cheese mixture and maple syrup.
  7. Enjoy!

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