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A French Cubist Toast

January 16, 2002|DONNA DEANE | TEST KITCHEN DIRECTOR

Usually French toast is made with large pieces of bread, sometimes cut thick and sometimes cut thin. But with this variation--the bread is cut into cubes--you can eat as many or as few bites as you like. That--and the use of nonfat egg substitute and nonfat milk--helps keep the calories down, without making it seem like a diet dish.

I especially like the browned part of French toast. With the cubes, all sides brown nicely as they cook in a skillet. Then, they puff up and finish cooking in the oven, and the centers of the cubes remain moist and custard-like.

Sprinkle on some powdered sugar and a little cinnamon, and have some fruit such as bananas on the side. You can also serve the French Toast Cubes with your favorite jam, jelly or maple syrup.

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French Toast Cubes

Active Work Time: 20 minutes * Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes

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1 (1-pound) loaf French bread

1 1/4 cups nonfat egg substitute

1 1/4 cups nonfat milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Nonstick cooking spray

Powdered sugar, for topping

Cinnamon, for topping

Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Remove the outer crust from the French bread with a serrated knife. Cut the bread crosswise into 1-inch slices. Cut each slice into 6 cubes.

Combine the egg substitute, milk, vanilla and granulated sugar in a shallow glass baking dish. Place the bread cubes, a few at a time, into the egg batter and turn to coat all sides. Let the bread stand in the egg mixture about 10 minutes.

Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Heat the skillet over medium-low heat until hot. Lift the bread cubes out of the egg mixture, letting the excess drip back into the dish. Working in batches, place the cubes in the skillet so they are not touching and cook, turning to brown all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove the cubes to a large shallow baking pan.

When all the bread has been browned, bake until the cubes are puffed and the center is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Serve the bread cubes warm, sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon to taste. Garnish with a few slices of banana or other fruits of your choice.

4 servings. Each serving: 384 calories; 831 mg sodium; 1 mg cholesterol; 4 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 67 grams carbohydrates; 19 grams protein; 3.4 grams fiber.

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