Thursday, February 09, 2012

Breakfast #55: Pan de Sal & Cheese French Toast

I’ve mentioned before that I usually do my weekend morning market by myself.  It’s a great time to disconnect from work, greet the weekend, and lose myself in something I love to do – look over produce and shop for all manners of edibles.  Be that as it may, we sometimes also do this market trip as a family.  C gets to make sure I add the goodies he particularly likes to the market basket, and I get to introduce little C to the purveyors that supply us with her carrots, broccoli, and mushrooms.  Sometimes though, when C is off biking on some mountain trail, the market trip becomes a mother-daughter outing…also very special in its own right.

When I go to the market with little C, our first stop is a bakery stall that specializes in whole wheat breads.  I buy a bag of mini whole wheat pan de sal (pan de sal is a local bun traditionally baked in a brick, wood-burning oven) which are her favorite.  As soon as we enter the market she pipes up with pleas for “pandeyitos” (her version of pandesalitos – which is what I call these little buns).  When we open the bag she immediately takes one for herself and one to offer to me.  Throughout a market visit she will probably go through five pieces – after each one is finished she will look at us and demand another of her “pandeyitos”.  I fear she is turning into a little bread monster but, for now, I am just happy it’s whole wheat buns and not McNuggets.

Despite little C’s and my (oh yes I love them too) love for these pandesalitos, a bag contains something like 30 pieces and we can never finish them before they go past their prime.  Here’s something I did with the stragglers from one such bag.

Pan de Sal & Cheese French Toast
  • 8-10 mini pan de sal (or 4-5 regular ones, depending on size), a couple of days old
  • 100-150 grams ricotta cheese (or any fresh white cheese)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • A couple of pats of butter
  • Honey for drizzling

- Cut the pan de sal in half but not all the way.  Stuff with ricotta cheese and firmly press close.
- Whisk milk and egg together until homogenous.
- Heat a pat of butter in a skillet until melted and frothy.
- Dip the cheese filled pan de sal into the milk-egg mixture until it is coated all over, taking care that none of the cheese falls out.
- Place milk-egg-soaked pan de sal onto the frothing butter and cook, pressing down gently with a turner, until golden brown.  Flip and repeat with the other side.  Repeat until you finish all the pan de sal.
- Serve warm with generous drizzlings of honey.

I think we have firmly established that I am a lover of French toast.  I must say though, that these mini cheese-filled versions have put a new shine on my fervor.  They have crusty outsides and soft cheesy middles, which, drenched with honey, are like sunshine on a weekday morning, when the memory of a lovely weekend market jaunt is beginning to fade.  The ricotta cheese I used here is locally made and bought from the market as well, along with the honey.  This was also little C’s first taste of French toast, which she took to quite well…although the sticky feeling on honey on her fingers is something she finds quite odd. 

We are off to the beach this weekend, a much awaited (and much needed!) getaway from the city and the busy, frenetic pace of work, so we will be missing the market this weekend.  We will try to hit a market out of town though, one that specializes in dried, salted, and smoked fish!  C and I are looking forward to it, these types of local fish specialties being something we both enjoy (and we’ve been introducing little C to smoked fish too).  I love how the market has become some kind of a fixture in our lives.  As it should be in my humble opinion.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

OMG, gorgeous! A terrific breakfast treat.



Gio of The Hungry Giant said...

I woke up this morning thinking of french toast. serendipity. :D

Midge said...

That's a perfect weekend breakfast and these must be so nice with bacon!

And little C's getting to be quite a foodie, too. :D

kaoko said...

Ricotta! I should try that next time! <3

spiky said...

gagamit ako ng kesong puti...lab et.

thanks for sharing this breakfast. :)

Bar B. Cue said...

wow! something different! (:

Tangled Noodle said...

Stuffed French Toast - the best! I'm normally more of a pancake person but how could I possibly resist this? Hope you had a marvelous weekend! 8-)

Katrina said...

This is TOTALLY up my alley! You know of my love for French toast, and cheese sandwiches are something I probably eat a little too often. Now you've reminded me that I can combine the two! Hmm...that might not have such a good effect on my attempt to trim down in time for beach season... ;-)

Veron said...

This sounds wonderful and delish!

jay p said...

thats a good one :)

your breakfasts are always wonderful. i think ill try that one sometime.

catsmovingkitchen said...

I so love HONEY!

Junglefrog said...

That looks gorgeous. And definitely a much better treat then mcnuggets or the like!

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Rosa! :)

Hi Gio! Great minds think alike! :)

Hi Midge! It would be wonderful with bacon...then again what wouldn't? ;)

Hi Kaoko! It's yummy and I get a local one :) I am sure this would be greet with any fresh white cheese...

Hi Spiky! Yes, I'm sure this will be good with kesong puti too :)

Hi Bar B. Cue! I'm always on the lookout for new things to have for breakfast :)

Hi Tracey! The weekend was wonderful! I love pancakes too, and French toast, and waffles...that's the danger for me! Haha!

Hi Katrina! Nope, not really a beach season type of dish, hehe ;) But it is yummy and you can always have a cracker for lunch ;)

Thanks Veron! :)

Hi Jay P! Thanks for your nice comment! Hope you enjoy this! :)

Hi catsmovingkitchen! Me too!!

Hi Simone! I live in fear of the day when the dreaded mcnugget enters our lives, haha! I won't stress, but will take advantage while I still have the power to control what she eats ;)

Christina C. said...

That sounds amazing! What protein would you suggest to go with it?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Christina! Why bacon of course! :)

[pinkc00kies] said...

Yummy breakfast idea! :D

Shalum said...


ChichaJo said...

Hi pinkc00kies and Shalum! Thanks and I loved it :) Would definitely make this it's so easy!

Erwan Heussaff said...

i'm really glad i found this blog. Awesome ideas! Good to find a fellow food blogger with integrity and taste :)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Erwan! Thanks for leaving such a nice comment! I was equally glad to have found your fantastic blog :)