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Stuffed French Toast Recipe

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Stuffed French toast is a game changer for breakfast or brunch. You get the classic treat with an exciting twist – a filling that adds a burst of flavor with every bite. Whether you prefer berries and cream cheese or something more daring, there’s a version for everyone.

Imagine biting into a golden, crispy French toast that reveals a rich, creamy center loaded with your favorite fillings. This easy and versatile recipe allows you to mix and match ingredients like fresh fruits, sweet jams, or decadent chocolate. It’s perfect for impressing guests or treating yourself to something special.

Making stuffed French toast at home is simpler than you might think, and it’s a great way to elevate your breakfast game. With just a few ingredients and quick steps, you’ll have a delicious and satisfying meal ready in no time. Dive into this delightful dish and discover your new breakfast favorite!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

To make stuffed French toast, you’ll need a few key ingredients. Here’s a list of what you’ll need and possible substitutes:

Bread:

  • Brioche (soft and luxurious)
  • Substitute: Challah, thick white bread, or whole wheat for a healthier choice.

Egg Mixture:

  • Eggs
  • Milk (whole milk for richness)
  • Substitute: Almond milk, soy milk, or any other plant-based milk.

Flavoring:

  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Substitute: Nutmeg or allspice for a different twist.

Filling:

  • Cream Cheese
  • Substitute: Mascarpone or ricotta for a lighter option.
  • Sweeteners (for the filling, like powdered sugar or honey)

Fruit:

  • Strawberries (common filling choice)
  • Substitute: Blueberries, bananas, apples, or any fruit you prefer.

Toppings:

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Whipped Cream
  • Fresh Fruit

Here’s a quick prep guide:

  1. Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
  2. Spread cream cheese on bread slices.
  3. Add fruit of choice.

You can also mix the cream cheese with a little honey or powdered sugar for extra sweetness.

Feel free to experiment with different fruits and sweeteners. This way, you can create a variety of stuffed French toast flavors that suit your taste!

Instructions


  1. Prepare the Filling
    Mix together cream cheese and your favorite jam or creme fraiche. Spread this mixture on one slice of bread and place another slice on top to make a sandwich.



  2. Make the Custard
    In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, and sugar. Make sure the mixture is smooth and well combined.



  3. Dredge the Sandwich
    Dip each sandwich into the egg mixture, making sure both sides are well coated.



  4. Cook the Toast
    Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add some butter to the pan. When the butter is melted and bubbly, place the sandwiches in the pan. Cook each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown.



  5. Serve
    Transfer the stuffed French toast to a plate. You can top it with fresh strawberries, maple syrup, or a dusting of powdered sugar. Enjoy your delicious breakfast!


Tips, Tricks & Storing

Use Stale Bread: Stale or day-old bread soaks up the egg mixture better. This helps your stuffed French toast become more flavorful and less soggy.

Adjust Fillings to Taste: Try different fillings like cream cheese, jam, or chocolates. Add fresh fruits like strawberries or bananas for extra flavor.

Perfect Heat: Cook on medium heat. High heat can burn the outside while leaving the inside undercooked.

Grease Your Pan: Use butter or a cooking spray to prevent sticking. This will also give a nice, golden-brown color to your French toast.

Soak Time: Give each slice enough time to soak in the egg mixture. This ensures the flavors get inside the bread.

Serve Fresh: Stuffed French toast is best enjoyed immediately after cooking. Serve with powdered sugar, maple syrup, or whipped cream.

Storing:


  • Refrigerate: Store leftover French toast in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.



  • Freeze: Wrap each piece individually in plastic wrap and place in a zip-top bag. Freeze for up to 2 months.


Reheating:

  • Microwave: Place on a microwave-safe plate and heat for 1-2 minutes.
  • Oven: Bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until warm.

Extra Touches: For a special touch, garnish with extra fruit, nuts, or a drizzle of honey.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Stuffed French toast can be made in many delicious ways. Here are a few variations to try:

  1. Classic: Fill with a mixture of cream cheese and diced strawberries.
  2. Nutty Delight: Spread peanut butter and bananas between the bread slices.
  3. Chocolate Heaven: Use Nutella and add fresh raspberries.
  4. Berry Burst: Try blueberries with sweetened mascarpone cheese.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Toppings:

    • Sifted powdered sugar
    • Warm maple syrup
    • Fresh fruit slices (like strawberries or blueberries)
    • Whipped cream
  • Sides:

    • Crispy bacon
    • Sausage links
    • Freshly squeezed orange juice
    • Hot coffee or tea

Feel free to mix and match fillings and toppings to discover your favorite combinations!

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.