Friday, March 1, 2013

Peanut Butter and Honey Stuffed French Toast

This is one of my happiest accidents to date.  (Minus the less than stellar photo, my apologies for that).  What you are all being introduced to as Peanut Butter and Honey Struffed French Toast, started out as a fried Pb and J!  It goes something like this...

I wanted to try frying a peanut butter and jelly sandwich just for the heck of it.  I wanted it batter dipped, not breaded though.  I made my sandwich and we only had strawberry jelly.  I wanted grape.  So, having grown up on peanut butter and honey I thought to myself, "Self, how about using honey instead, it will be awesome".  So, sandwich is made.   I decide on my batter dip, and get it all mixed up.  Remember I only made one sandwich so I wanted to get it right the first time.  I put it in my oil, let it work its magic, took it out and waaaa laaaa.  Perfection.  Almost.  It wasn't crispy, I WANTED crispy.  My husband comes walking in and says, "OMGOSH you made stuffed french toast?".  OMGOSH...I DID!  That is how this was born.  The story was amazing, right?  NOT.  But just goes to show, no matter what you do, you can rarely screw up so bad something won't work.  So I made a couple more, we drizzled on a little syrup, dusted on some powdered sugar and here you have it. 

Now, could you bake this?  No, you can't.  Not my version anyway, not with the batter dip.  I think if you used more of a custard, it wouldn't be the same, at all.  They take seconds to fry and heck, why not, right?  If you like peanut butter and honey, this is your sweetest dream come true, I promise!  Oh and see how I cut mine?  In our house, that means love!!! 

For your sandwiches you will need:
Peanut Butter (crunchy or creamy your choice)
Honey (could also use jelly if you feel so inclined)
Bread (plain in a bag sandwich bread, any kind you prefer)

Batter: (enough for 2 sandwiches, or 8 pieces)
1/2 cup flour
1/2-3/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Get your oil in a pan and  heat it to 350 degrees.  While that is happening...

Make your peanut butter and honey sandwiches.  Peanut butter on one side and honey on the other.  Use a bit more than you might normally use.  Cut into 4 pieces, however you wish.  You know how we cut a sandwich into 4 pieces at my house!

Dip each quarter into the batter.  Just make sure it is all covered, and let the excess drip off for a second.  Place into your oil and fry.  This will literally take 30-60 seconds per side.  It simply depends on the temperature of your oil.  You have nothing to melt, or cook so when you achieve the level of "brown" you want, flip and repeat!  Drain on paper towels and serve dusted with powdered sugar and maybe a little syrup!!

Enjoy these for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack!!! Kids will love it and so will YOU!
Your "happy accident, is my middle name"'chefwannabe