IMPRESS WITH THIS EASY STUFFED FRENCH TOAST
My wife is the person who introduced me to Canadian French Toast about 9 years ago since back in the UK it’s known as eggie bread which I would top with tomato sauce and not something sweet.
The first time my wife made me French toast and drowned it with maple syrup I wasn’t sure what to think. Even worse was the breakfast sausages begging for a life-preserver. Her response, “Everyone likes sausages with maple syrup”. I’m sure she only said that to entice me to eat it. Actually, I’m 100% sure she did.
I’ve warmed up to the taste over the years as well putting syrup on my eggie bread along with fresh fruits, yogurt and even hemp seeds. When my wife and I had extra strawberries we decided to create a Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast and you know what, I loved it and I hope you do too!
How do you make French Toast?
The simple way is to take thick sliced white bread of your choice, dip it in an egg mixture which is a couple of eggs, dash of salt, some cream or milk, spices of choice (we like cinnamon).Dip on both sides until soaked and put on a well buttered griddle that is at medium heat and cook until both sides are golden brown.
I’m not a huge fan of baked French Toast but you can certainly create a baked French Toast casserole or bake just about any recipe you find in the oven. I’m partial to the buttery, crispy texture on the outside that takes good Canadian Maple Syrup to another level.
Related: Cinnamon French Toast With Mango
You can take your French Toast one step further with this easy stuffed French toast recipe that I created for my family because we wanted something different for breakfast one morning. Strawberries are in season right now and inexpensive at $1.99 lb most weeks at the grocery store or even cheaper if you pick them yourself. What better way to use up strawberries when they are sweet, juicy and ripe than to stuff them inside of French Toast.
If you’re not a fan of strawberries you can pretty much substitute most fruits in this recipe. You may notice there are flavoured cream cheese spreads on the market however I prefer to use plain cream cheese and mix in fresh fruits. How’s that for options?
Stuffed French Toast is wonderful but I find that you must always cook any French toast recipe on a medium heat to build up that lovely golden crust. You also need to use generous amounts of butter so it doesn’t stick or become a blob of egg on the outside of the bread.
When you fill your Strawberry Cream Cheese stuffed French Toast make sure not to over-stuff the bread or you will leak filling everywhere. I tend to leave a rim around the outside of the bread without filling. Once I have filled the bread I put the two slices of bread together and dip all sides generously in a cinnamon egg mixture. You don’t have to add cinnamon, we like it.
Before you do any dipping make sure your griddle is hot and ready to go. You don’t want to soak your stuffed French Toast too much as it will fall apart. I like to poke holes in the bread when it’s soaking so the egg mixture gets right in there.
If you can stop yourself from flipping the stuffed French toast over and over it will save you the heartache of failure. Easily lift up one corner to see how well cooked it is underneath before you flip. You should only have to flip once per side. Depending on your frying pan or griddle times may vary but I let my stuffed French Toast cook for about 3 minutes on each side.
To finish off the stuffed French Toast I use tongs and hold each side up on the griddle to crisp them up before putting it on a plate. Let the stuffed French Toast sit for a minute then cut it diagonally to let all the luscious strawberry cream cheese mixture ooze out.
I topped our Strawberry cream cheese stuffed French toast with more sliced strawberries, Canadian Maple Syrup and a dollop of Greek yogurt. You will see clean plates, I promise you that as I consider this one of the best French toast recipes I’ve ever created. That makes 2 now.
Best part is that this recipe is easy to make and won’t take up much time when you’d rather be spending time with your loved ones eating it.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast recipe for two
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons 2% milk or Whipping Cream 35%
- pinch of salt
- 4 slices of thick bread
- ½ cup softened cream cheese
- 1 cup of chopped strawberries or you can blitz it if you don't like chunks of berries
- Butter for griddle
- Optional: Greek Yogurt for topping, Maple Syrup for topping, Fresh sliced strawberries for garnish
- In a baking dish that is deep crack your eggs and mix them with the milk or whipping cream and salt then set it aside. If you want to add cinnamon or any other spices now is the time.
- In a bowl add your softened cream cheese and strawberries then stir them around. If you want to have a smooth filling blitz the mixture with a hand blender until smooth.
- Take 2 slices of white thick bread and fill the centre generously without going over the border of the bread leaving a ¼ inch with the strawberry cream cheese filling.
- Top with a second slice of bread
- Set the filled bread into the egg mixture and soak on all sides including the crust sides so it helps to seal in the filling.
- With your griddle on medium to high heat add a generous amount of butter to melt then set your stuffed French Toast on the griddle to start cooking.
- Only flip once so periodically check over 2-3 minutes to see if it is golden brown. Once both sides are golden with tongs gently hold the French Toast on its side to crisp up.
- Put on a plate, let settle for a minute, slice horizontally and add toppings.
I purposely didn’t add any sugar to the cream cheese mixture but if you soak your strawberries with a bit of sugar that is fine too. I figure with the sweetness from the yogurt or maple syrup you wouldn’t need to add the extra calories. Your choice.
I hope you enjoy this amazing Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast as much as we do and rate it once you’ve tried it. Please leave any comments or feedback as well as I’d love to hear what you think about my food.
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