Berry-stuffed French Toast Pockets Recipe
4 slices (1½ inches, or 4 cm thick) slightly stale brioche (Bonus Recipes) or vegan challah bread
½ cup (70 g) fresh raspberries
1 cup (235 ml) full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream, divided
1 tablespoon (8 g) arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon (15 g) maca powder (optional)
2 tablespoons (25 g) sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of ﬁne sea salt
Non-stick cooking spray
Maple syrup, agave nectar, or brown rice syrup, for serving
1Using a paring knife, cut a deep slit across the top in the middle of each slice of bread. This will create your pocket. Stuff with about 2 tablespoons (31 g) fruit. Close the opening by gently pressing the bread together. Set the filled slices aside.
2Combine 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of the coconut milk with the arrowroot powder in a medium, shallow dish and stir to dissolve the powder.
3Add the remaining 14 tablespoons (205 ml) milk, maca powder, sugar, vanilla, and salt and whisk until smooth.
4Dip the pockets into the mixture, one at a time, and soak for a few seconds on each side. Let the extra batter drip back down into the dish.
5Heat a panini press fitted with smooth plates on high or use a large skillet. Lightly coat both sides of the pockets with spray. Cook the pockets on medium-low heat until golden brown, about 4 minutes in all if using a closed panini press, or 4 minutes on each side in a skillet.
6Drizzle a little of your favourite sweetener on top.
8Not a fan of raspberries? Not a problem: any sort of berry will ﬁt here, be it blueberries, strawberries, or even blackberries. Just be sure to chop larger berries (like strawberries) so that they ﬁt nicely in the pocket.
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