Ladies and gentlemen….what you are about to see is real!
Yesterday I was feeling like a bad influence with all of my, as I like to call them, “sugar-coma recipes”. My remorse lasted for all of about 5 minutes until I came to my senses and remembered everything on my sweet to-make list. Now that I got that whole healthy salad thing out of the way, it’s time for the weekend and, as I promised yesterday, I’m bringin’ it! My inner mad scientist side was in full gear yesterday and I created something that should probably not even be legal. Enter: Chocolate Chip Fluffernutter Stuffed French Toast! So for those of you who are faint of heart, go enjoy that salad. The rest of you, stay and let me tell you about my evil deeds (rubs hands together and laughs maniacally: Wah ha ha!)
I’m assuming you’re all familiar with what a fluffernutter is but just in case you aren’t, a fluffernutter is a sandwich filled with a mixture of peanut butter and marshmallow fluff. When I was in middle school my older sister and I would make them all the time. Usually late on Friday nights after church with tons of added chocolate chips. Midnight snack of champions.
What you’re looking at here is a cross between French toast and Fluffernutter. Here’s what I figure happened, Lady fluffernutter meets Mr. French Toast, falls madly in love (it was that whole Frenchmen thing, gets em every time), they marry, live happily ever after in holy sandwich matrimony, and this is their freckled child and testament of their love.
You have probably all figured out by now that I love to make as many things from scratch as I can. Obviously there are things that can’t really be done at home but if it can be, I’ve probably tried it. One of the best parts of this recipe is that, although it’s still nowhere near health food, it doesn’t have any high fructose corn syrup. I actually made homemade marshmallow fluff and it’s really not that big of a deal to do. I also used homemade sandwich bread but that’s not entirely necessary if you can find a good quality bread at your local grocery.
See, this is basically a balanced breakfast. Actually, I’m not sure what category this fits because it’s somewhere in between breakfast and dessert, bressert? dreakfast? Therefore it’s in a gray area and you can eat it anytime of day that you want without being questioned. can I get a whoop whoop for my brilliance!
Okay, so maybe I am a bad influence after all. My brother jokingly said that there is a special place reserved for me, you know where, for creating this and I said “Hey, at least we can hang out together and eat Fluffernutter French toast!”
- 16 slices of your favorite sandwich bread, old and dry or toasted
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sugar
- butter for cooking
- powdered sugar for topping
- 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
- 3 cups marshmallow fluff (recipe follows)
- 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/4 cups water, divided
- 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- Pour 3/4 cup water into a stand mixer bowl fitted with whisk attachment, then sprinkle gelatin in and set aside. Pour the sugar, salt, and 1/2 cup water into a saucepan and place over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves then bring mixture to a low boil, stirring occasionally for 10 to 12 minutes, until a thermometer reads 240 degrees F (115 C or softball stage) then remove from heat.
- Turn on mixer and, while mixing, pour syrup mixture slowly into gelatin mixture and beat on low until combined. Increase speed a little at a time while allowing mixture to cool and beat until big and fluffy, it should take about 15 minutes.
- Whisk the eggs, milk, salt, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat and grease spread enough butter to coat. Dip a few bread slices at a time into batter and fry on each side for 2 - 3 minutes until browned and toasty. Continue until all the bread has been French-toastified.
- Add peanut butter to the mixing bowl with marshmallow fluff and beat until combined. Fold in chocolate chips and spread filling in between slices of French toast and top with powdered sugar!