Thursday, February 9, 2017

EwE - Mango Stuffed Challah French Toast - Stuff It!

For Eating with Ellie this week, Peggy chose the theme of Stuff It!  I lucked in, because I have just bought a new Ellie book that had the perfect recipe in it. 

I already owned two Ellie books, but because Ellie is not well known in Australia, her books are not readily available other than through mail order sites, and they are expensive - $40 plus a book.  However, one day a couple of weeks ago, I just happened to wander into The Book Grocer on Bourke Street at lunch time.  The Book Grocer sells remainders for $10 each.  I was really just passing time when I ran my eyes over the shelves - and lo, there was a stack of Ellie's Comfort Food Fix.  Bonus!!  I clarified the price ($10!) and I was sold.   Some of the other Ellie cooks have used this book and I knew it had some great recipes, so I am so pleased to add it to my collection.

For the Stuff It! theme, there is a recipe in Comfort Food Fix for Mango Stuffed Challah French Toast.  Perfect!!  I already had the mango (it is summer here), although I had to buy the cheeses and the bread.  I hit a snag with the challah, because I tried 4 supermarkets and no-one had it.  My local Woolworths normally sells challah, but of course, when I went to buy it, they did not have it.  Having already done the rounds of supermarkets near where I work the day before, I was not going to walk miles up the road to see if Glicks, the Jewish bakery, was open on a public holiday, so I looked around for alternatives.  I chose a pane di casa, which to my surprise was a very nice loaf, even though it was the supermarket's own brand.

I made this for brekky the next day before work (yep, I did!! so quick), and loved it.  When Ellie says that it is ambrosial, I'd have to agree with her.  A thick slice of bread has a pocket cut into it, which is stuffed with a mixture of cream cheese, ricotta, diced mango, honey and cinnamon.  It is then pan-fried in egg and milk.  You are supposed to top the whole thing off with maple syrup, but I forgot, and anyway, it didn't need it - the French toast is just the perfect amount of sweet as is.

While I don't think it would be wise to eat this every day, despite it being lower calorie than regular French toast, it was delicious, and perfect as a sometimes treat.  When mangoes are out of season, I think tinned peaches would be a fine substitute (or tinned mango, but I often find tinned mango to be tart).

To see what everyone else made this week, visit the LYL section of the Eating with Ellie website.    


Diane Zwang said...

Congrats on the book find. This sounds like a yummy breakfast.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

It sounds really good and perfect for the current mango season. And how fortuitous to find the book on sale too! :D

Peggy said...

I totally forgot to post yesterday! This challah looks interesting! Glad you liked it! Peaches sound good to or blueberries

Kari said...

Well done on your book deal!

This sounds like a fantastic weekend breakfast, with the added bonus of being quick enough for a special weekday morning too.

TeaLady said...

Yay! Another Ellie Book. Good find!! I have looked at this dish so often. Glad it was good.

Kayte said...

Score on the book, yahoo!! :-) This looks like a great breakfast to me (and you can bet I would not have forgotten the syrup, lol). Your photo makes it look pretty and delicious at the same time. A great choice...this was a fun theme, wasn't it. I'm a little late but I did get my stuffed mushroom panini posted. I wish I had made your choice instead! :-)