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    Strawberry-Cream Cheese French Toast in a new light

    Adapted from Paula's original Strawberry-Cream Cheese French Toast recipe

    Makes -- 6 servings

    Prep Time -- 25 minutes

    Cook Time -- 20 minutes

    Difficulty -- Easy

    Ingredients for Strawberry Syrup

    3 cups strawberries, sliced

    1/4 cup sugar

    1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest, divided

    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

    Ingredients for French Toast

    2 large eggs

    1 cup minus 2 tablespoons nonfat milk

    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel)

    1/4 cup fat-free ricotta

    2 teaspoons granulated sugar

    12 slices reduced-calorie wheat bread, crusts trimmed if desired

    1 cup strawberries, sliced

    2 teaspoons butter

    2 tablespoons canola oil

    To prepare syrup (may be done up to 3 days ahead; store in refrigerator)

    In medium saucepan, combine strawberries, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of lemon zest, and the juice. Bring to a boil; reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until strawberries are soft and the syrup is thickened and reduced by 1/3 in volume, 12 - 15 minutes. Set aside and let cool to room temperature before serving. Makes about 1 1/4 cups.

    Cooks' Note -- If a thinner syrup is desired, strain the hot syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container and let cool.

    To prepare the French toast

    In a medium shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla.

    In a small bowl, gently combine cream cheese, ricotta, sugar, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest, just until blended. Spread on 6 bread slices and top with the sliced strawberries. Top with the remaining 6 bread slices and press around the edges to seal.

    Melt butter in the oil on a griddle over medium heat. Dip the sandwiches in the egg mixture for a few seconds on each side, draining off the excess. Place in the skillet and cook until golden brown, 2 - 3 minutes per side. Serve with the strawberry syrup.

    Test Kitchen Tip -- No time to make the syrup? Serve the sandwiches with pure maple syrup or a light sprinkle of confectioners' sugar instead.

    Per serving (1 sandwich with 2 tablespoons strawberry sauce, sprinkled with confectioners' sugar) -- 300 calories, 12 g fat ( 4.5 g saturated, 0 g trans), 90 mg cholesterol, 310 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 13 g protein.

    Making it lighter

    Used reduced fat or nonfat dairy products to cut saturated fat.

    What's the difference?

    Strawberry-Cream Cheese French Toast in a new light cuts out 300 calories, 400 mg sodium, and 50 g carbohydrate from the original.

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