If I ever were to celebrate Christmas with a breakfast or brunch, which I don't, something like this ham and cheese stuffed french toast would surely be on the menu.
French toast is for me a very rare occasion kind of thing. It seems like an overload, but in the end it's all a matter of making a small sandwich and eating a normal portion. Moderation people.
I had this wonderful pulla that was going a bit stale. I knew this was a great bread, but it exceeded my expectations. It is easy to make, absolutely delicious with a wonderful crumb and can be used for so many things, from cinnamon or orange rolls, to little sandwich breads, to french toast or bread pudding.
I especially like the combination of a slightly sweet dough filled with ham and cheese. It just works. This Pizza Rustica, which is not a pizza but a pie, is a good example too.
So this french toast was born, drizzled with a lot of maply syrup, just because I like it that way.
To everyone celebrating today, have a wonderful and merry Christmas in company of your loved ones.
My thoughts are with those who won´t have a happy day, not today or tomorrow. May peace find you and ease the pain.
STUFFED FRENCH TOAST
4 slices sweet egg bread, such as pulla or challah
4 slices smoked ham
2 thick slices mozzarella
1 Tbs whole milk
1 Tbs butter
Maple syrup, to serve
Put bread on a cutting board. Top one slice with 2 slices of ham and 1 slice of cheese. Top with another slice and press down a bit. Repeat with the rest of the bread, ham and cheese.
In a shallow bowl, lightly beat egg with milk. Season with some salt. Add sandwiches to the egg mixture, 1 minute on each side, so they soak up the egg and milk.
Preheat skillet and add 1 Tbs butter. Add both sandwiches and cook over low heat until golden and cheese is beginning to melt.
Serve with maple syrup.
Makes 2 servings.