I don’t usually like to write a blog post telling ya’ll to buy a certain brand of cheese or sauce. I don’t like many of the pre-packaged foods because of all the preservatives, sugar and other things I don’t know about it that is packed inside them. In the past, I think I’ve only blogged about a handful of products that I personally use and feed to my family. I had an opportunity through Foodbuzz’s Tastemaker Program to sample a free loaf of bread from Nature’s Pride. I went to my local supermarket to see what they had and how nutritious their bread choices stacked up.
You read “whole wheat” and “whole grain” but that doesn’t always mean that what’s labeled is nutritious. But, I was pleasantly surprised to find that their double fiber bread to be pretty comparable to my usual brand of bread, Milton’s or Oroweat. Each 43g slice of bread is 100 calories and contain 1 gram of fat, 21 grams of carbohydrates with 5 grams of dietary fiber and 4 grams of protein.
Most of the time you have to choose nutrition over taste. Many super-healthy fiber-rich breads are dense and sit in your stomach like a load of bricks. Nature’s Pride offers a healthy middle, a moist and kid-friendly bread that is also high in fiber. My next challenge was to develop a recipe with their bread.
I steered away from sandwiches, because that was too obvious. And decided to do a take on the French Toast cups I’ve seen in the past. I didn’t want to waste the crust by cutting the bread out with cookie-cutters. So I cut a slit on one corner of the bread, dipped them in my egg mixture and neatly tucked them into my well-greased muffin pans. I didn’t want them too crunchy or dry, so I baked them at 385ºF for 10-12 minutes.
I quickly whipped up some cream cheese with orange zest and a bit of maple syrup. When the cups were done and cooled a couple minutes, I removed them from the pan and filled them with 1-2 TBS of my whipped orange cream cheese. Then I topped them with about 1/2 cup of chopped fresh fruit (I had strawberries and peaches waiting for their turn to shine) and I drizzled it all with a little more maple syrup.
After I photographed everything, I decided to do what I always do and take a bite of the final creation. I don’t know what happened but I ate the whole thing! I didn’t want to share them with anyone!!! I loved the citrus infused cream cheese. It all still reminded me of summer, and with our little heat wave this week, it certainly feels like summer, too!
For the full recipe for French Toast Cups with Orange Cream Cheese & Fresh Fruit, click here!
In a couple days I will post a savory recipe with the French toast cups: Beef Stroganoff Cups!