Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast
Wow, I have had this recipe for years and have made it several times, but I have forgotten about it. I actually thought of it because of my failed attempt at peanut butter stuffed french toast earlier in the week. You see, I make my own bread about 99% of the time. However, I bought Texas toast because it was thick and soft and it works well for stuffed french toast. I had half of the loaf left to use up (after my mishap) then thought of this recipe to use up the rest of the loaf.
With that said, this is the best french toast you will EVER have. Seriously. It is so delicious. The strawberry and orange are a perfect combination and it's not too sweet. I used homemade strawberry freezer jam, that actually tastes like strawberries, and I think it makes a big difference in the taste. This is great for a weekend breakfast or a special occasion. Or if you're like me, it's great for any 'ol day of the week. Enjoy!
For the filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp. strawberry jam
1 Tbsp. orange zest (about half an orange)
For the French Toast:
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
juice of half an orange
8 slices, Texas Toast style bread (French bread works too, just cut thick slices-about an inch)
Preheat griddle. Combine filling ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
In wide, shallow dish, such as a pie tin, mix together the eggs, milk, vanilla, and orange juice and set aside.
With a pairing knife, slice a pocket into the top or side of the bread, but don't cut all the way through. Fill the pocket with about a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture.
Dip the filled bread in the egg mixture, and place on the griddle. Cook about 2-3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining slices.
Serve hot with additional strawberry cream cheese mixture and powdered sugar, if desired.
SOURCE: Adapted from Sandra Lee, Food Network