At first the obvious choice for this sandwich seemed to be cream cheese or mascarpone, but after tasting the tang from fromage blanc the answer was clear: The sweetness from the cinnamon-raisin bread and the bananas balanced out, and the cheese stayed put inside the sandwich.
What to buy: Fromage blanc, a fresh cream cheese, can be found at cheese stores and gourmet markets. Good-quality whipped cream cheese is your best bet for a replacement.
- 1Combine cheese, banana, vanilla, and sugar in a small bowl and mix thoroughly.
- 2Heat a large frying pan over medium-low heat. Meanwhile, spread butter on 1 side of each slice of bread.
- 3Once the pan is warm, add 1 slice of bread buttered side down, top with cheese mixture, and close with second slice of bread buttered side up.
- 4Cook until bread is toasted and filling is warmed through, about 4 minutes per side.