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Three slices of stuffed French toast with fresh berries on a white plate.

Stuffed French Toast

  • Author: Nicole Gaffney (ColeyCooks.com)
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 pieces, 4 servings 1x
  • Category: breakfast
  • Method: sautéed
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This easy recipe for Stuffed French Toast with Berries is a rich and decadent breakfast that’s perfect for the holidays! Thick slices of bread are stuffed with cream cheese, soaked in a rich custard and then griddled until buttery and crisp. Serve with maple syrup and fresh berries for a very special breakfast or brunch.


Ingredients

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For the Filling:

  • 1 8oz package cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the French Toast:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup half and half or whole milk 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 pieces thick sliced brioche, challah or Texas toast
  • 3 tablespoons (or more) salted butter
  • maple syrup and mixed berries for serving

Instructions

  1. Make the filling: Use an electric mixer to beat together the softened cream cheese, maple syrup and vanilla extract until smooth. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, cinnamon and vanilla, then set aside.
  3. Spread 2 tablespoons (eyeball it) of filling on a slice of bread, leaving roughly a 1/2 inch border around the edges. Top with another piece of bread and gently press to secure. Repeat with the remaining bread and filling.
  4. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Dip one sandwiched piece of bread into the custard, turning a few times to thoroughly coat, then transfer to the hot pan. Repeat with one more. Cook for about 4-5 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes on the other side. Be sure to keep the heat at a relatively low temperature to avoid burning. Melt more butter in the pan and repeat with the remaining pieces.
  5. Cooked french toast can be held in a 250 degree oven for up to 1 hour before serving.
  6. Slice each piece of french toast in half on a diagonal, then place 3 halves on each plate. Serve with mixed berries and maple syrup.

Keywords: breakfast, brunch, stuffed, french toast, cream cheese, berries, maple syrup, holidays, christmas