This ricotta french toast is topped with a generous dollop of fluffy ricotta cheese sweetened with maple syrup. Savor the hint of warmth from cinnamon and vanilla. Now you can have stuffed french toast without all the fuss!
This recipe came to me via my dad – sort of. I’m always on the lookout for recipe recommendations and ideas with the help of family and friends. (If you have something you would like to see on Kitchen Gidget, please share in the comments below!)
My dad is a beekeeper – he raises honeybees. I’ve shared a little bit of that experience in my Honey Sriracha Shrimp post. For the most part I try to keep my distance from those industrial little workers, but I sure enjoy the fruits of their labor!
Bees are so important to the pollination of local agriculture and honey provides many health benefits. For myself, nothing soothes a sore throat quite like hot lemon tea with lots of honey.
Dad is always looking for new ways to use honey, and he recently sent me this recipe for Almond Crusted French Toast. It sounded fabulous, but it got me thinking about another favorite natural sweetener of mine: maple syrup. I’m kind of a fanatic.
My final product is nothing like the original dish, except that it is also french toast with a ricotta topping. My recipe doesn’t even have honey in it! But you could certainly use honey instead of maple syrup and I would encourage you to support your local bee economy!
Now let’s talk about this ricotta french toast. Have you ever been to a restaurant and ordered stuffed french toast? It’s so good with all that creamy cheese oozing out. This is my lazy version of that. Plop it on top and let it melt down. Just as good, but easier!
Fluffy ricotta cheese is blended with cream cheese for a bit of tang and extra creaminess. You can sweeten with pure maple syrup or honey, as I mentioned before. I’ve also added a touch of cinnamon, because I can’t imagine french toast without it! The lemon juice acts to balance and enhance all the flavors.
The bread you choose is important for french toast. While you’ll get good results with your average sandwich loaf, you’ll get even better results if you use an enriched bread such as challah or brioche. I also love using Texas Toast!
So give this recipe a try and take your french toast up a notch! It would be fabulous for Easter breakfast or weekend brunch. And again, if you have any recipes you would love to see here, be sure to let me know!
~ Ricotta French Toast ~
- 3/4 cup (6oz) ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup (2oz) cream cheese, well softened
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup or honey
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 cup (4oz) milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 slices of bread
- 2 tablespoons butter or vegetable oil, divided
- Maple syrup or honey, for serving
- In a small bowl, whisk together ricotta cheese, cream cheese, maple syrup (or honey), lemon juice and cinnamon until light and fluffy. Set aside.
- In a shallow dish, whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla. Dip each slice of bread in the egg mixture and turn to coat.
- In a large frying pan or griddle, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat.
- Add soaked bread in an even layer. Cook for 3-5 minutes and flip. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Add more butter to pan and repeat with remaining slices of bread.
- Serve with ricotta cream and maple syrup.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 slices
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 255Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 265mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 10g
Nutritional information provided is an estimate only. Please consult the labels of ingredients you use for more accurate results.