Hello Everyone! I hope everyone had a great weekend – or at least better than my week/weekend. We just wrapped up two back-to-back events that was ideally supposed to be a 3-month preparation scale type of event, but because of the last minute go signal from the client, a 3-month preparation schedule became the impossible of a 6-day preparation schedule. This meant a lot of late nights in the office and onsite for our team, losing our sanity, and on the verge of mental breakdowns… But we survived and delivered. It was indeed an intense week, everything had to be perfect down to the very last detail as our Guest of Honour for the first event was the Governor of China and for the second event was the Crown Prince of Brunei. Despite the intensity and late nights, I have fully recovered from being sick from the last two weeks – slowly but surely!
Continuing on with the theme of Blueberries for the month of May on Amcarmen’s Kitchen, tonight I will be sharing with you a recipe that I have seen lurking around the Internet for quite some time now – well, the one’s I’ve been seeing are the Strawberry and Nutella French Toast Roll Ups, but since we’re working with blueberries, here’s a recipe for Blueberry and Ricotta French Toast Roll Ups! This might just be the perfect Mother’s Day brekkie recipe for your Mom this upcoming Sunday! Feel free to change it up a bit to add her favourite fruits into the roll ups.
The original recipe by Chung-Ah over on DAMN Delicious uses cream cheese instead of ricotta cheese, but to my luck, the grocers I went to over the weekend didn’t have any in stock. Well, actually they did but it was a giant 2kg block of cream cheese and I thought to myself, what am I going to do with 2kgs of cream cheese?! I guess I could’ve made a cheesecake, but I think I’ve had too many cheesecakes already for the past month *cheeky grin*.
PREP TIME 15 MINS | COOKING TIME 10 MINS | SERVES 2-3
- 6 slices of white bread, crusts removed*
- 2 large free range eggs
- 100g ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Knob of unsalted butter
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
*Do not discard your crusts! You will soon find out in next week’s post 🙂
- In a large deep dish, beat the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and ground nutmeg together until well combined. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon powder. Set aside.
- Use a rolling pin the flatten the bread slices to about 1/4-inch thick and spread the ricotta cheese on the bottom of each slice of bread. Top each with a row of blueberries.
- Bring the bottom edge of the slice of bread tightly over the filling, rolling form the bottom to the top until the top of the slice of bread is reached. Repeat with the remaining slices of bread. Dip the bread rolls into the egg mixture.
- Melt the unsalted butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add the bread rolls to the skillet, 3 to 4 at a time and cook until evenly golden brown on all sides, about 2-3 minutes per side.
- Once done, immediately dredge the bread rolls in the cinnamon-sugar mixture, pressing down to coat.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Alright, so I may have overcooked the roll ups a bit as they were pretty brown when I flip them over – and this was only because I frantically searched the kitchen for tongs to use to flip them over. In the time span of looking for them, the roll ups went pretty brown *oops!* Note to self – make sure I have all the essential equipment ready before cooking!
These roll ups are such a fun twist to the traditional french toast. Like Chung-Ah says “who wants to go back to a slice of bread when you can have them rolled up?” I totally agree with her, however, I do think that my Cornflake-crusted French Toast and Milo French Toast in the form of a piece or two of sliced bread is also a fun twist to the traditional french toast. Check them out if you haven’t already done so!
– Ally xx