Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Home is where the heart is.

"Mom... I don't think you should serve that to the girls..." My son took one look at the stack of disastrous pancakes at my kitchen station with a confused look. "That would be a really bad idea."

I defiantly asked him, "Why not?!"

But he avoided my question with a quick and witty suggestion. "Just make your stuffed French Toast, Mom. The girls will love that." As if he knew with authority what I make in the kitchen daily!

Now that my girls are home for spring break, I've been planning to cook everything that's on their long list of requests (named "Mom, Please Make the Following Dishes when we Come Home!"). I had it all planned. They wanted a big breakfast, so I made pancakes. But something wasn't right that Sunday morning.

I can't blame my son for being worried about the sad fate of my pancakes. Looking on the burnt heap of pancakes, I decided that I had to redeem myself. I wanted to make a welcome spread that will bring radiant smiles and warm hugs; my stuffed French toast had to make an appearance.

"Ah yes, I'm home," said my daughter as she walks to the dining area. "You know how I know I'm truly home? I wake up to mom's voice in the kitchen." She smiled. I knew that it was not just my loud laughter that woke her up; it also was due to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the sound of sizzling bacon on a hot skillet. Whenever my daughters come home, I don't mind being busier than usual in the kitchen. Never mind if the plates are not put into their proper shelves. Never mind if the dishwasher is always full. Never mind if the shelves in the fridge are disarrayed. This is still their home... Home is where the heart is and I'm glad that our kids still find their hearts in ours.

2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 tbsp French vanilla Coffee-mate
8 slices of white bread
3 tbsp butter
1/2 c pancake mix
Ripe bananas sliced thinly
Strawberries, sliced thinly
Cream cheese

Break the eggs into a bowl. Whisk it lightly then add milk and French vanilla creamer and the pancake mix.  Make sure the batter is not too thick.  

On a flat surface, flatten a slice of bread.  Spread some cream cheese, top it with banana slices and strawberries.  Roll them together.  Dip the rolled bread stuffed with fruits to the batter mixture.

Heat a skillet coated with a thin layer of butter.  Put the coated stuffed bread into the skillet. Cook it until all sides are golden brown.  You could serve it on its own or serve it with butter, whipped cream and syrup. Enjoy!!!

As part of Foodbuzz's Tastemakeer Program, I received a sample of  Nature's Pride 100% Natural Bread. 

With its natural flavors, and its soft texture, making my stuffed french toast was a cinch.   I was inspired to transform it from sliced bread...

to mouth-watering French Toast... I hope you enjoy!


  1. sounds rich n delicious..
    awesome space you have...happy to follow u..
    Do stop by mine sometime..:)

  2. Nothing like a buffet bar for breakfast! What a cool Mom you are, Malou. I hope my children never get to see this post. They make their own breakfast : cereals or toast.

  3. thanks for stopping by and the "follow" jay. That drink of grape juice looks refreshing to me. Hope to see you around!

    Adora: You too make a beautiful spread. I saw your CNY spread and everything looked scrumptious.


  4. I want to spend Spring Break at your house, Malou -- Breakfast buffet WOW. Thanks for the rolled stuffed french toast idea, copying it. :)

  5. carol: im sure your boys will love it. I hope you try it soon. Lemme know ok?

  6. I love the rolled idea. Maybe I could use the loaf bread that's not sliced. What do you think?

  7. Oh, stuffed french toast sounds awesome! And lol, yes I see what you mean..but hey, just keep of these days..tee hee. Or you could just come over and I'll trade you a stack of pancakes for a plate of stuffed french toast. Mmm yes, that sounds perfect ;)

  8. Yes, it is exactly like that in my house when my College Kritter comes back from Cal:) And I don't mind one bit.
    I love the idea for stuffed French toast. If I had any fruit, I could make it tomorrow morning, but it can wait till next weekend.

  9. Can you adopt me? You only have to feed me pancakes and this delicious French Toast... 8-D


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