Thrifty Thursday: Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

So this Thrifty Thursday is a bit of a stretch, but hear me out. There are countless ways to get an inexpensive homemade meal: Utilize leftovers, make it from scratch, plan your meals ahead… You get the idea. But what if you’re not exactly a master chef? Or if you are a broke college kids living in the dorms so you don’t even have a kitchen?

Can I phone a friend?

As a college student, one of the skills you quickly acquire is the ability to get free stuff (but in case you haven’t, here’s some ideas on how to score a free meal).  I’ve gotten countless free items here at SMU: Backpacks, notebooks…  My greatest achievement involved chasing down a Nutella promotional truck down the street my senior year (free Nutella is the best Nutella). My point here is that maybe the thriftiest meal of all is a free one. If you have a friend who loves to cook and experiment in the kitchen, maybe pass this recipe to them to try out and insist on being the official taste tester. This recipe for Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast comes from my cousin, Liz. Liz and her boyfriend Clint made this and holy canoli does it look good!

Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast full recipe here!

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces, fluid Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 8 slices Thick Italian Bread
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • ½ cups Powdered Sugar, For Topping

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In small bowl, combine the cream cheese and sugar. Take 4 slices of the Italian bread and smear with cream cheese, like you would do with peanut butter. Top each slice with another slice of bread to form a sandwich.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract. Dip and soak each sandwich in the egg mixture.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of butter over medium-high heat. Cook two sandwiches at a time in the skillet, 4–5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  • Set each sandwich aside on a baking sheet and cook the remaining sandwiches with the remaining tablespoon of butter. With all 4 sandwiches on a baking sheet, bake in the preheated oven for 12–15 minutes.
  • Cut each sandwich in half and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

I’m going to try this recipe Liz sent me sometime in the next week and I can guarantee I’ll hear from a few of my free-food-loving college friends!  After all, food is meant to be shared, right? Honestly one thing that makes me really happy is feeding my friends. It’s a great way to relax and spend some time together, and the compliments on the food don’t hurt either! So whether you’re the friend begging for the free meal, or the chefy friend with a kitchen, give this a try and enjoy! I feel like I should insert some line here about “money can’t buy you happiness”… but it can buy you Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast.  Happy eating everyone!

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