Pineapple-stuffed French Toast Recipe

Enjoy this recipe from dairygood.org to brighten your morning.
Ingredients:
½ fresh pineapple
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. cinnamon
Dash of Kosher salt
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
16 slices whole grain bread
5 eggs, large
½ cup low-fat or fat-free lactose-free dairy milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Powdered sugar
Nonstick spray

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Finely dice the pineapple and combine with the honey, cinnamon, and dash of salt in a roasting pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

After the pineapple has been pulled from the oven, drain the juice from the roasting pan and into the cottage cheese; stir together.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla.
Assemble the French toast: Scoop a spoonful of cottage cheese into the center of half of the slices of bread. Place a spoonful of roasted pineapple on top each scoop of cottage cheese. Finish with another slice of bread.

Gently press together the sandwiches and using a round cookie cutter or a drinking glass, cut a round out of each stack. Pinch the edges of each circle together to seal in the filling.
Dip each round into the egg mixture and place in a hot skillet that has been coated with nonstick spray.

Toast each side until crispy. Serve warm with a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top.

Tips/Tricks - Note with alterations the nutritional values will be affected, including lactose content

**Treat this recipe as a template and tailor it to your personal preferences: Make it sweeter by stuffing more pineapple into each serving, add moisture by adding more cottage cheese. And if you prefer less texture altogether, substitute a creamy ricotta cheese for the cottage cheese.

**To save time (and further play with flavors), substitute your favorite jams, jellies, or fresh fruit for the roasted pineapple.

**Allow leftover crusts to get stale and pulse into homemade breadcrumbs in a food processor. Don’t let anything go to waste!