This breakfast dish was inspired by the orange I had sitting on my counter and the half a tub of mascarpone cheese I had in my fridge that needed to be used. And it was a big hit.
I usually only get to make breakfasts on the weekends because I go to work so early, so when I am making my weekend dishes, I try to make it special, especially for the kids. They loved this and now we have a new item to add to our home menu options. Well, occasionally, anyway. Mascarpone isn’t exactly a fridge staple!
Cinnamon Orange Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast
½ cup milk or Half and Half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
Zest and juice of an orange
4 oz mascarpone cheese
8 slices of stale bread
In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ½ the orange zest, and 1 tablespoon of orange juice until well combined.
In another bowl, mix together the mascarpone, the rest of the orange zest, and another tablespoon of orange juice.
Spread some of the mascarpone on 4 of the slices of bread. You want enough to taste it, but not too much that it all comes oozing out while it’s cooking. Top each of those slices with the remaining slices.
Dip each “sandwich” into the egg mixture. Let it soak up the liquid for a few seconds on each side.
In a large skillet over medium heat, melt some butter. Place the “sandwiches” into the skillet and cook until golden brown on each side.
Serve with some butter or syrup or even just as-is is really delicious!