Now that I have a maple syrup I like, I'm on the hunt for ways to use it.
Growing up, one of my favorite holiday dishes was my aunts French toast rolls, cream cheese filled rolls with a crispy, cinnamon sugar coating. No matter how many she made, they were always gone by the end of the night.
Just last week, I ran across a similar recipe on Food52, Pati Jinich's French toast rolls (youtube, print). The main difference between the two was that my aunt's recipe was baked and used a butter-based coating, while the Food52 version was pan-fried and used an egg & milk based coating.
Both sounded great, so I decided to compete them against each other.
The first step was to modify the recipes to be low-carb. To do that, I made the following changes:
- Replaced white bread with Chompie's multigrain bread (any absorbent low-carb bread will work. Recently I've been experimenting with Diedre's low-carb bread, which is amazing).
- Replaced sugar with allulose (1:1 by weight)
- Replaced milk with almond milk
- Changed the cinnamon:sugar ratio to 1:4 (I prefer a stronger cinnamon taste)
- Increased baking temperature to 400 °F to get a crispier outer layer.
Then I made the recipes, using the same batch of cream cheese filling (full recipe below). Both turned out fantastic. The sweetened cream cheese contrasts really nicely with the slightly savory bread and then the layer of crispy/sweet/cinnamon outer layer.
- The most labor intensive step was flattening the bread. Both recipes call for using a rolling pin, but I think a grill press would be a lot faster.
- I overfilled the cream cheese, which led to some of the rolls unraveling during cooking. Still tasted good, but not as visually appealing. You really need only a thin layer of cream cheese (2-3 mm).
- Low carb bread doesn't absorb liquid as fast as regular bread. To adjust, just dip longer.
- Both recipes were fairly easy to make, but the Food52 recipe cooks faster (~5 min. in the pan), while my family recipe is less labor intensive, especially in large quantities (~15 min. in the oven, but you can bake a lot at once).
- My family recipe can be frozen before cooking, so you can make it ahead of time and then just bake right before serving. I tried this and it tasted exactly the same as fresh.
- Taste & Texture:
- The two recipes are similar, but my family recipe adds the cinnamon sugar before cooking, giving it a more intense flavor and a crispier texture.
Overall, I significantly prefer the family recipe, both for taste and convenience, which I'm sure will make my aunt happy.
|The winner! Zoomed in because they look great.|
Hope you enjoy it!