- 1 loaf of bread, sliced into ½ inch pieces
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ cup cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tbsp cream cheese
- 1 cup fresh/or even compote of berries or any berry you have. I used black currants.
- butter for the pan.
Make a thick smooth custard , with 2 tbsp of custard powder, cream, add a tsp of vanilla extract, 3/4 cup milk.Add sugar to taste.
Let it thicken a bit by heating and keep aside to cool.You can make the custard overnight and keep it chilled in the refrigerator to save time.
Place the bread slices on a greased pan or skillet on a very low flame to toast them golden.
Spread a layer of cream cheese on one side of half of the slices.
In a small bowl mash the berries with 1 tsp of sugar.
Heat a large skillet over medium low heat and grease with butter.
Take a slice of bread, with the cream cheese and a piece without cream cheese and dip into the milk, custard mixture.Alternately you can also smear the thick creamy custard mixture in between the slices.
Place the slice with cream cheese into the pan first, cream cheese side up, spoon 2 tsp of the mashed berries on top of the cream cheese and spread evenly, top with the next slice of bread.
Cook until golden brown on both sides and keep the toasted bread warm . Proceed with the remaining bread slices
As the custard I had was pretty thick and set well, I decided to make some toasts by using them as a filling layer too.
How to make compote ( Shared by a blogger on my food page )
These rich, thick, fruit sauces are made from a mix of fruit that's slowly cooked in a sugar syrup until it breaks down. It is usually served as an accompaniment to other dishes, but can be enjoyed by itself, either over ice cream, next to whipped cream, or on yoghurt.
¾ cup water
½ cup sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup chopped fruit
Bring the water, sugar and lemon juice to the boil. Add the chopped fruit and cook over a low heat until syrupy and the fruit is soft and beginning to break down.
Take the compote off the heat and allow to cool before using. Alternately, store in the fridge for up to three days.
If you combine hard and soft fruit together, allow the hard fruit to cook until quite soft before adding the soft fruit. This will ensure everything is evenly cooked.