I’ll never forget when my ramekins arrived on my door step. Mr. Prevention was so disapproving. “Why do you need them and where will they go?” he wanted to know. Little did he know I had only not thought through the second part of his questioning.
Why do I need them? Probably for the same reason you need multiple battery-operated helicopters, yet my purchase satisfies the appetites of many and yours…well, I’m not quite sure.
Half of this Italian loaf went to making panzanella, which I liked until it came to leftovers and it was more of an oily bread mush. Conversely, these mini French toasts were just as good leftover. Sixty quick seconds in the microwave and they’re as good as the first go-round.
Kristen thought these were pretty cute, and I did, too. Just as I explain below, the top portion resembles French toast while the bottom reminds me more of a bread pudding. In other words, you get the best of both worlds for a respectable 248 calories a piece! To increase the nutrition, a whole grain loaf can replace the Italian…I’ll be doing this the next time, for sure! As in, probably this weekend when my best friends from college come to visit.
Visitors left and right – I love it! 😀
1/2 lb Italian bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (5 cups)
1 cup fat-free milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup sugar + 2 tsp for the top
2 Tbsp chocolate chips
Preheat the oven 350 F. Spray ramekins with non-stick spray.
In a bowl, mix egg, milk, vanilla and sugar. Cut bread into 1/2 inch squares and add them to the bowl. Leave to soak for 5 minutes.
Spoon the mixture into your ramekins sprinkle your remaining sugar on top and add 1/2 tablespoon chocolate chips to each ramekin.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutrition Information (per serving): 248 calories; 6 g. fat; 108 mg. cholesterol; 393 mg. sodium; 38.3 g. carbohydrate; 2 g. fiber; 10.5 g. protein
Result: The top was similar to french toast while the bottom was more the consistency of bread pudding. These were sweet without being too sweet and the touch of chocolate made them feel like a real treat, while still coming in under 250 calories a piece! 😉 Guests, and all, are sure to enjoy these…plus, they couldn’t be any easier to make. I also tried these with walnuts and cinnamon – so good! Enjoy![/print_this]
Thanks for all the great feedback on what qualities make a great teacher. I aim to be the best educator I can be and I do think it comes pretty naturally to me, or as naturally as teaching can come. *I* need to work on organization. Teaching one class is difficult enough, but to teach 3…I’m going to need to work on my organization. It’s…lacking, to say the least! 🙂
Question: Are you organized? What helps you keep organized?