Strawberry Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast
Serves 4-6

Batter Ingredients:
  • 3⁄4 cup spelt flour
  • 1⁄4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon non-aluminum baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/3 cups unsweetened almond or soymilk
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons neutral tasting high-heat oil, plus additional for coating pan

Strawberry Cream Cheese Ingredients:
  • 1 container vegan cream cheese
  • 4-5 strawberries, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown rice syrup
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash fresh lemon juice
  • 8-10 strawberries, sliced
  • 1 large spelt boule or French bread
For the batter: In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, sea salt, cinnamon and allspice. Add in maple syrup, vanilla and almond extracts, almond or soymilk, lemon zest and 2 tablespoons oil. Whisk until smooth. Do not overmix. For the cream cheese: In a separate large bowl, combine cream cheese and strawberries. Add brown rice syrup, cinnamon, sea salt, vanilla extract and lemon juice, and whisk with a fork to combine. Place sliced strawberries in a bowl. Slice boule or loaf into large 2-inch-thick slices, and cut into each slice horizontally to form a pocket—but don’t cut all the way through bread. Preheat griddle or pan to medium-high heat. Grease with additional oil. Stuff each slice of bread with strawberry cream cheese and a few slices of strawberries. Coat each bread slice in batter, and then place on griddle or hot pan. Cook until bottom becomes slightly golden and edges look dry, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes, or until golden. Let French Toast cool for about 3 minutes before cutting. Slice in half with a diagonal cut for best presentation.
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