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Lemon Raspberry French Toast

By Mariealicerayner @MarieRynr
Lemon Raspberry French Toast 
Royal weddings aside, I do like to pull the boat out a bit at the weekend when it comes to breakfast/brunch.  I actually did this last weekend, but am only getting to show it to you now.  I found and adapted the recipe from a site which I like called Tablespoon
Lemon Raspberry French Toast 
There were a few things I liked about the recipe. One was that it was built especially for two people and we are only two.  Secondly I liked that it was simple and used things I normally have on hand.
Lemon Raspberry French Toast 
I confess right now, I am not a huge fan of ricotta cheese.  It is a consistency thing.  I MUCH prefer cream cheese, which is smoother and richer.  So that is what I chose to use instead. By all means use ricotta if you prefer it. I don't.
Lemon Raspberry French Toast 
The cheese is mixed with some honey and lemon peel and then spread onto slices of french bread. Easy peasy.  You spread it on all of the slices of bread, and then top only half of them with the fresh raspberries.
Lemon Raspberry French Toast 
I adore fresh raspberries. It was not always so.  My sister and I gorged ourselves on freshly picked raspberries from a neighbors bush when I was a girl, and I ended up getting sick afterwards.  That was a really naughty thing for us to do really, so fair dues that I ended up sick. A fitting punishment.  It was a very long time before I could face a raspberry and my father was hoovering raspberry seeds out of the carpet in our car for a very long time. Lets just say I was not very popular with either the neighbors or my dad!
Lemon Raspberry French Toast 
Thankfully I have since gotten over my aversion to them.  I really enjoy them now, but do have to watch my consumption somewhat due to my diverticulitis.  Enough said!
Lemon Raspberry French Toast 
They work beautifully in this recipe, but I expect any berry would work well.  So just pick your favorite kind and go with the flow!
Lemon Raspberry French Toast 
The honey in this is also a real favorite for me. I adore honey. For this I used Acacia honey . . .  lovely delicious flavours! 
Lemon Raspberry French Toast 
*Lemon Raspberry French Toast*Serves 2Printable Recipe  

Quite simply delicious with a lemon cream cheese and fresh fruit filling. 
120g cream cheese (4 ounces)60ml honey (1/4 cup)2 1/4 tsp finely grated lemon zest8 slices (1/2 inch thick) soft French bread95g fresh raspberries (3/4 cup)1 large free-range egg, beaten75ml milk (1/3 cup)1/4 tsp salt1/4 tsp vanilla1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Lemon Raspberry French Toast 
Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6. Line a 15 X 10 X 1-inch baking sheet with foil.  Spray with non-stick cooking spray.  
Whisk together the cheese, 2 TBS of the honey and 2 tsp of the lemon zest. Spread about 1 rounded TBS onto each slice of bread. Place 3 berries on top of half of the slices of bread and cover with the remaining bread slices, cheese side down. 
Beat the egg, milk, salt, vanilla and cinnamon together in a shallow bowl.  Place the sandwiches in the bowl.  Let soak for 5 minutes, then flip over and soak for a further 5 minutes.  Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. 
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.  To each sandwich with the remaining raspberries, drizzle with the remaining honey and sprinkle with the remaining lemon zest.  Serve immediately. 
Lemon Raspberry French Toast 
Whew!  After all of the cooking I have done over these past few days I am exhausted!  I really pulled the stops out for the wedding weekend and am happy now to go back to normal.    A bit of restraint is now in order!  I wonder what I will cook up next?  Hmmm . . .  food for thought! Bon Appetit! 
Lemon Raspberry French Toast

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