Light-ish French Toast with Cinnamon Cream Topping

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So, I have to admit.  The last couple of months have been pretty rough.  Drew started a new job that we are so excited about with all that it has to hold for our family, but his travel schedule has been pretty intense and has left me a little sad and missin’ my man.  With every life change that God presents to us comes other  life changes to adjust to and right now we are just working to get in the groove of a new schedule.  I crave my 4 am wake-up call when I can hit the gym and ride it out on the bike while the rest of the world sleeps except for the other lunatics that I affectionately think of as “the early crew”.  I LOVE coming home after a busy day at work and slipping on my apron to make dinner and I especially love coming home to a quiet house after a long workout on a Saturday morning and making a big breakfast for my boys.  Since Drew has been traveling, my 4 am wake-up calls now involve a date with  Jillian Michael’s Yoga Meltdown on my bedroom dvd player and dinner has become a little less than not at all gourmet for the Boogey Man and me during the week.  However, the one thing that I have been able to keep in my routine is the big Saturday morning breakfast for my guys.

I was recently sent a package from two of my favorite companies to try out.  The Laughing Cow and Thomas Bagel Thins have paired up to promote their low-calorie cream cheese spreads and 110 calorie bagel thins.  I love to take an ordinarily calorie-laden favorite and vamp it into something a little lighter, but still just as tasty.  For some reason when I got the package and saw the plain bagel thins and cinnamon cream cheese, I couldn’t get French toast off my brain.  Oh, how I love French toast! The best French toast I have ever had was the Captain Crunch French Toast at Mad Donna’s in East Nashville.  Running a close second, was the insane, classic French toast that we had every Thursday at Camp Gailor Maxon, which was then followed by grilled cheese and chili for lunch and the highly coveted Taco Bar Night that night.  When I indulged in the former, it was after a LARGE night pre-HB and the latter was in my childhood and college years, where calories were only something that we talked about in Science class.  Many years have passed since the former and latter French toast days and calories are now something that seem to pretty much rule my day every day.  Sooooooooooo………in saying all that, I created a lighter version of my breakfast favorite.  I tried to lighten up the dish as much as possible, but I am sure that all French toast lovers will agree that you simply CAN NOT substitute the powdered sugar.

Cooking for my family truly gives me great pleasure.  I would be remiss to say that I don’t hang on that first bite waiting for their reaction to what I have just prepared for them.  I can say with great pride that both of my blue-eyed boys gave me THUMBS UP to my light-ish french toast.  With time this new schedule of ours will get a little easier and the ole E Spinner at the gym will get a little less wear and tear without me and Jillian and I will become early morning yoga BFFs, but as long as I can still put yummy bites in my boys’ mouths every now and then, I will remain one happy Momma!

“The Laughing Cow® and Thomas’® Bagel Thins™ provided me with product for this review.”

P.S. When you miss your husband DO NOT watch The Notebook……..

Light-ish French Toast with Cinnamon Cream Topping

Ingredients

  • 4 Thomas Plain Bagel Thins Bagels
  • 2 eggs (for dipping)
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp Splenda sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Cream
  • Light syrup
  • Confectioner's Sugar to sprinkle
  • 1 tbsp chopped pecans (to garnish)
  • For the Cinnamon Cream!
  • 4 wedges The Laughing Cow Cinnamon Cream Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Creme Fraiche
  • 1 tsp Splenda sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

    For the French Toast!
  1. Combine egg, milk, sugar & cinnamon in a bowl and whisk to combine. Dip each side of each half of bread into mixture and push down to absorb.
  2. In a large greased skillet over medium heat, cook each bagel thin half until golden or lightly brown about 2-3 minutes per side. Once plated, add desired amount of syrup, top with cream and sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and pecan pieces.
  3. For the Cinnamon Cream!
  4. Combine cinnamon cream cheese wedges, creme fraiche, sugar and cinnamon and stir to combine.
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