|Here's a picture of some bread to give you a clue as to what I came up with...|
It gets kinda lonely around here (not that I want to guilt-trip you into leaving comments. Much). So I decided I would dip a toe in the blogging community pool, so to speak, in order to try and make some connections. How? I hear you ask. Why, by participating in a food blogging challenge, of course.
There are tons of these out there in Blog Land. They seem to consist of various bloggers getting together and coming up with a theme for a monthly (or one-off) recipe-related challenge in which they invite fellow bloggers to participate. Other bloggers create a recipe to fulfil the brief and submit their entries to the challenger (or 'host', as I believe they're called) for them to collate so we can all compare notes as to who has the worst photography skillz (erm... that would be me). Not really. I mean, so we can see what recipes everybody came up with and hopefully get some new ideas for our own cooking along the way.
I came across this one via Dom at the Belleau Kitchen (thank you! You're an inspiration!):
and decided to try and come up with an idea. This is a monthly blogging challenge on the subject of ... you guessed it... breakfast. Check it out here. It's being hosted this month by Susan at A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate. (Hello, Susan! I hope you like my entry!)
|Here are some blueberries. Any idea yet?|
The theme for the month was 'American' so of course this piqued my interest (as that's where the Dear Husband hails from). The children and I Skyped with my mother-in-law earlier in the week, so perhaps this was why this idea came so readily to mind. Several years ago she made the most fabulous stuffed French toast for us that was (unless I'm completely misremembering this!) the house speciality of a hotel she was working in at the time in Maine. From memory, I *think* it was made using slices of baguette sandwiched together with walnut-flecked cream cheese, then coated in eggs, fried and served with warm blueberry sauce (of course! We're talking about Maine!) Though I hadn't had it since, I knew I wanted a variation on this to be my first blogging challenge entry.
I was making candied walnuts (we use them to top our blue cheese canapés) so I decided to chop a few and use these in the cream cheese filling (along with a touch of cinnamon). The result was a very rich, very decadent breakfast dish... I didn't mean to eat the whole thing, but I did. I hope you'll give it a try - my incredibly ropey photography does not do justice to how aromatic and delicious it was!
|Yum! Stuffed French toast with blueberry sauce|
Serves one hungry (or greedy) person
three or four candied walnut halves, chopped - see note below*, or just use regular toasted walnuts
a tablespoon or so of cream cheese
a pinch of cinnamon
2 slices bread of your choice
1 egg, beaten and mixed with a teaspoon of vanilla essence
knob of butter
blueberry sauce, made by cooking blueberries (fresh or frozen) in a pan with a splash of water and a spoonful of sugar until they give up their juice and the sauce thickens
Combine the chopped walnuts, cream cheese and cinnamon in a small bowl, then spread it on one of the slices of bread and place the other side on top. Dip in the beaten egg, making sure both sides of the sandwich are well coated and soaked. Melt the butter in a non-stick frying pan, and when it sizzles, place the sandwich carefully in the pan and cook until golden brown on both sides. When it's done, remove it to a warmed plate and pour over the blueberry sauce. Eat. Have When Harry Met Sally moment.