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4 servings


  • 8 slices white or whole wheat or several whole grains bread, or French bread, or raisin or cinnamon/raisin bread, slightly dry
  • Cream cheese or reduced-fat cream cheese or no-fat cream cheese as desired
  • 2 to 3 firm ripe peaches or nectarines or apples or pears, peeled, seeds removed and cut into bite-size pieces (see note), or 2  to 3 firm ripe plums, seeds removed, and cut into bite-size pieces (see note) or 1 to 2 bananas, peeled and cut horizontally into thin slices, or 1cup whole blueberries, stems removed
  • 3 eggs or the equivalent in egg substitute (IE, Egg Beaters)
  • 1½ to 2 cups milk or reduced-fat or skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt (optional)
  • Pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • Butter or margarine, melted, as desired, for pan-frying (see note)
  • Sifted confectioners' sugar or sifted confectioners' sugar mixed with cinnamon and/or nutmeg as desired for garnish (optional)
  • Maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup or reduce-calorie syrup of choice as desired (optional)

 Liberally spread 4 slices of bread with cream cheese butter; top each with a layer of bite-size pieces of fruit or banana slices or whole blueberries, or a combination.  Top each with a second slice of bread; set sandwiches aside.

In a medium bowl, combine eggs or egg substitute, milk, vanilla, salt, and nutmeg, if desired, beating lightly.  Soak sandwiches, one at a time, in egg mixture and drain.  Melt butter in a medium to large heavy skillet over moderate heat (350 degrees F.).  Pan-fry sandwiches, one or two at a time, in butter over moderate heat (350 degrees F.) until golden brown on both sides.  Arrange a hot sandwich on each plate; sprinkle each lightly with confectioners' sugar or confectioners' sugar mixed with cinnamon and/or nutmeg, if desired.  May serve with a drizzle of syrup over the sandwiches, if desired.  Serve immediately.

Note: May wish to sauté apple, pear, or plum pieces in 1 teaspoon melted butter or margarine in a small skillet or saucepan before adding to French toast sandwiches, if desired.  Or, microwave apple, pear, or plum pieces at HIGH power for 30 seconds to soften fruit slightly.

Note: May omit butter or margarine, or use only sparingly; coat skillet with butter-flavor non-caloric vegetable cooking spray, if desired.

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