I'm so glad it's strawberry season cause i've been on a huge berry kick lately. They had 2 lb. containers on sale for really cheap last week and I bought 4 of them (not all at once), and ate almost all of them by myself. Blackberries have also been on sale and i've been eating a ridiculous amount of those as well..to the point of making myself sick once.
I wanted to make breakfast on Easter and I also wanted to use some of our strawberries, and I thought stuffed french toast sounded perfect. Matt's usually the french toast maker in our house but I wanted to give it a try this time. This was really so easy to make and I loved it! You could use jam or fresh berries of your choice in the filling or a combo of them both, which is what I did. If you're not in the mood for fruit, you could try adding chopped nuts with the cream cheese instead.
Stuffed French Toast
seen on Tasty Kitchen see here for step by step photos
1 loaf French Bread
3 Tablespoons Any Flavor Fruit Spread (You Can Also Use Jelly, Jam, Fresh Fruit, or a combo. of *fruit and jam- *if using fruit, use about 1/2 c. chopped mixed with 1 TBS. sugar)
½ packages Cream Cheese (4 Oz), At Room Temperature
2 whole Eggs
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
½ cups Skim Milk
Heat skillet or electric griddle to 325 to 350 degrees.
Cut french bread into 2-3 inch wide slices. Then, with a paring knife, go back and cut halfway into each slice, in the center, creating a ‘pocket’ that your fruit mixture can be stuffed into.
If using strawberries, slice and place in bowl with sugar; set aside.
In another bowl, place the room temperature cream cheese and three tablespoons of fruit spread of your choice and combine well.
In a separate bowl, break 2 eggs; add cinnamon and milk and combine well.
Now, take fruit mixture and stuff into the ‘pockets’ of your french bread slices. Place on a baking sheet.
When done stuffing each piece of bread, completely coat each piece in egg mixture. Make sure all sides are covered. Do all pieces before starting to fry.
Put 2 tbsp or less of butter into a hot skillet and melt completely. Add all of the bread to the skillet and cook roughly about 3-6 minutes on each side, until it reaches a nice golden brown. You want to make sure the cream cheese mixture heats through.
Serve with powdered sugar or syrup.