Strawberry stuffed French toast is perfect for breakfast or brunch.
It’s just a bit sweet, luscious and creamy. And it’s easy to make, which adds to its appeal to me. I don’t always want to cook something time consuming and complicated first thing in the morning.
This stuffed French toast recipe combines two of my favorite things – French toast and strawberries.
Making French toast is a simple way to amp up your breakfast from the usual cereal and toast. It is easy to make, adds a little protein to your breakfast and is just delicious.
French toast is simply bread, dipped in an egg mixture, then sauteed in a pan until it is nice and crisp. Pour on your favorite syrup, jam or a bit of applesauce (my favorite) and you have a sublime breakfast in minutes.
This version is a stuffed French toast. It takes French toast to another level, but is still ridiculously easy to make. Just make a creamy filling with cream cheese, a touch of sugar and strawberries and slather it between two pieces of French toast. What else can I say about that other than yum?
Preparation Methods for Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
There are two ways of making this stuffed French toast recipe and I give you directions for both of them in the instructions below.
The first is the traditional method, where you make up the stuffed sandwich, then dip the whole thing in the egg mixture and saute it.
I think that my easy method of making stuffed French toast is just as delicious, but so much simpler. I just make the French toast out of the individual pieces of bread. Then I take two slices of French toast, slather on that fabulous cream cheese and strawberry mixture and top it off with another piece of French toast. So easy and you get the same delicious result as you do with the traditional method.
You can use either sliced or unsliced bread for this recipe. The nice thing about using unsliced bread is that you can cut the slices as thick or thin as you like them to be. Unsliced egg bread or challah makes a wonderful French toast, but plain old white bread works perfectly too.
I would just advise against a bread that is full of seeds or heavy grains as it really changes the texture of the French toast. That said, if that’s what you prefer, go for it.
Give this twist on traditional French toast a try. I think you will love how easy it is to freshen up your morning breakfast ideas.
Strawberry Stuffed French Toast Recipe
- 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ cup strawberries, finely sliced or chopped
- 12 slices bread , preferable day-old
- 2 cups strawberries, sliced
- 3 eggs
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup, (or your favorite syrup, both optional)
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened (approximately)
- In medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese and sugar. Fold in the chopped strawberries.
- If you are using unsliced bread, trim both ends off the bread, then cut the loaf into 12 slices, each about ¾ inch thick.
- Spread one side of each bread slice with the cream cheese and strawberry mixture, dividing the spread equally. Top 6 slices of bread with sliced strawberries, dividing equally, then add the remaining bread slices with cream cheese side down to create a sandwich. Press the sandwiches gently to get them to stick together.
- In a shallow dish, beat the eggs slightly. Add the maple syrup, cinnamon, milk and vanilla and whisk together until it is all blended and the eggs are well mixed.
- Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Brush it with a thin layer of butter.
- Working in batches, dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, soaking them well. Add the egg-dipped sandwiches, in batches as necessary, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, pressing gently. Flip the sandwiches over by using one spatula under the sandwich and one on top to steady as you flip, and cook until the sandwich is golden and puffed and a knife inserted into the bread comes out clean, about 2 minutes on each side.
- Keep the prepared stuffed French toast sandwiches warm while repeating until all of the sandwiches are cooked. Add more butter to the pan and adjust the heat as you find it necessary, to prevent burning the French toast.
- Enjoy the stuffed French toast as it is, or top it with more delicious maple syrup if you love it sweet.
Easy Alternate Directions:I know that this recipe calls for the sandwiches to be made up, then dipped whole into the egg mixture before frying. That is certainly the traditional way to make stuffed French toast, but I find it messy. There is an easier way if you are interested. Here is what I suggest: Make the cream cheese and strawberry mixture as detailed in the directions above. Slice the extra strawberries and set all of it aside. Make the egg wash for the French toast. Dip each piece of bread into the egg wash mixture and place them in the skillet or on the griddle. Flip the French toast pieces when the underside is nice and browned and cook on the second side. When the French toast pieces have been cooked, spread the cream cheese and strawberry mixture on all of the slices. Add the sliced strawberries on top of 6 of the slices and "crown" your French toast sandwiches with the second slice of French toast, cream cheese side down. You will get the same wonderful sweet flavor and texture as the sandwiches done the traditional way, but it is much easier to make. I'm always in favor of finding ways to make it easier on the cook. So take your choices of methods. Either of them will mean you can easily enjoy this fantastic cream cheese and strawberry stuffed French toast any day you want.
Serves 6, but can easily be multiplied or downsized to feed as many as you need. Use the button at the top of the recipe to adjust it to serve the right number of people for your needs.
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