When I was in elementary school my mother made me French toast for the first time. For 2 months straight after I refused to eat anything else for breakfast. I would get up for school every morning and happily cover every square inch of delicious toast in powdered sugar and then devour it before the sugar had time to dissolve in the butter from the bread. I’m in my 20s now and have discovered stuffed French toast. It’s basically like eating a hot, melting cheese Danish, and what can beat that?
For Valentine’s day this year I decided that I would spruce it up and add strawberries, and now I feel the same way I did when I was a kid. I want to eat this every day, all day. The homemade strawberry cream cheese is what really puts it over the top. This spread is so good that the next day I made another batch and was gleefully spreading it on toast all morning long. Also, I like that by adding fresh fruit it allows me to trick myself into thinking this is somehow not fattening in any way.
As an added gift to my Southern-fried boyfriend I used a buttermilk bread and cream in this recipe, but you can certainly go healthier by using a whole wheat bread and fat-free milk. It will taste just as delicious.
Strawberries & Cream Stuffed French Toast
Strawberry Cream Cheese:
4 oz plain cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup chopped fresh strawberries
Mix together cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Gently stir in strawberries.
For the French Toast:
4 pieces of bread
¼ cup cream or milk
½ teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Strawberry Cream Cheese
Syrup (recommended: Strawberry Syrup)
Divide the cream cheese and spread onto two pieces of bread to make two cream cheese “sandwiches.” Mix together eggs, cream, vanilla and cinnamon. Dunk the sandwiches in the batter, thoroughly coating. Cook on a skillet over medium heat, flipping over once. Serve with syrup and enjoy!
1/4 cup water
½ cup sugar
1 ½ cups sliced strawberries
1 teaspoon of cornstarch
Combine all ingredients together in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring often. Once it has reached a boil reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes more, until the syrup has thickened and developed a dark red color.
Strawberries and Cream Stuffed French Toast
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