I have a confession to make…I don’t really like French toast. I choose pancakes over it every time, I just don’t get the appeal of soggy bread. Unfortunately, that guy I married loves it. But stuffed French toast is something I can handle and even enjoy sometimes.
And this French toast, it may have converted me. I mean, strawberry cream cheese with an orange zing? Kind of a dream breakfast. Using French bread kept the super sogginess at bay and added a nice chew to the dish. I just loved the freshness that the orange zest lent to the French toast.
This would be a great addition to a brunch since it’s more fancy pants than the typical French toast. It’s also good for dinner, cause that’s how we roll.
Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast
recipe slightly adapted from Sandra Lee
1 package (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. strawberry preserves
1 Tbsp. shredded orange zest
1 cup milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
8 thick slices French bread
Strawberry or maple syrup
Sliced fresh strawberries (optional)
Powdered sugar (optional)
1. In a small mixing bowl, stir together softened cream cheese, strawberry preserves, and orange zest until smooth. Set aside.
2. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Pour into a shallow bowl or pie plate. Set aside.
3. With a paring knife, slice a pocket into the side of each bread slice (do not cut all the way through the bread). Fill bread slices with a heaping spoonful of cream cheese mixture.
4. On a griddle, melt some butter over medium heat. Dip filled bread in egg mixture and brown for 1 to 2 minutes per side in hot butter. Serve hot with strawberry or maple syrup, fresh sliced strawberries, and powdered sugar (optional).