Plum Jam and Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese French Toast
Breakfast meets lunch in this combination of two stovetop classics. Filled with sharp cheddar and homemade plum jam, these sandwiches are dipped in custard and fried to golden brown.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 20minutes
Total Time 35minutes
½lbPlumspitted and roughly chopped, about a scant pint of small plums
1TbspApple Cider Vinegar
Grilled Cheese French Toast
8slicesBreadSourdough or your other favorite bread
¼CupMilk of Choice
In a small/medium saucepan, add the plums, brown sugar, vinegar, and spices, and stir to combine over medium heat. If your plums are hard, cover and let cook for 2 minutes to soften.
Cook soft plums for 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently and smashing the plum pieces against the sides and bottom of the pot, until thickened slightly. It should be thinner than cold jam but thicker than a syrup.
French Toast Grilled Cheese
On 4 slices of bread, arrange the cheddar cheese, and then top with a spoonful of the plum jam. Total, you should use about ½-⅔ of the jam for the sandwiches. Then cover each with another slice of bread.
Grease a griddle or other large, flat pan and warm over medium heat.
Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs and milk in a flat-bottom dish, such as an 8x8 casserole.
Carefully hold each sandwich together while dipping it into the eggs and milk mixture. Then flip it over to coat the other side. Let any excess drip off, and then place the sandwich cheese side down on the hot griddle. Repeat for the other sandwiches.
Cook 2-3 min per side, loosely covering the pan with foil. When they are done, the bread will be golden brown and the cheese will have melted.
Cut sandwiches in half, if desired, and serve warm with additional jam on top.
Make Ahead Tips:
To make plum jam in advance, transfer to a jar and let it cool to room temperature. Then seal tightly and store in the fridge for 2-4 weeks. Warm before serving.
The sandwiches are best made just before cooking, and should not be prepared in advance.
The french toast tastes best immediately after cooking, and should not be prepared in advance. To save leftovers, let the cooked sandwiches cool without additional jam on top, and then store in a sealed container in the fridge for 1-2 days. Reheat on the stove or in the microwave until warmed through, and serve with warm jam.
Bread makes the sandwich, so be sure you are choosing something you love. It should be a sturdy bread that does not have too many large holes throughout. I enjoyed the flavor of a sourdough miche with the plums and cheddar, so experiment with heartier grains.
Plum Jam and Sharp Cheddar Grilled Cheese French Toast Recipe from Slumber & Scones https://www.slumberandscones.com/plum-jam-and-sharp-cheddar-grilled-cheese-french-toast/