BERRY STUFFED FRENCH TOAST

Hello Lovely,

Can you believe out of everything I have learned to make since starting this blog, the one thing that has stumped me the most in the kitchen is French Toast? It always turned out to be fried egg on toast. I could never figure out what I was doing wrong until I tried this recipe. My egg to milk ratio was off. Previously I used more egg than milk but now I'll never make that mistake again.

This recipe turned out perfectly! It was better than I could ever have imagined. It wasn't overly sweet, which is perfect for my new diet! This particular French Toast is stuffed with a blend of sweetened cream cheese and fresh berries to create a decadent morning treat. You can use any fruit you like, but I love how pretty mixed berry platters look so I went with that. 

BERRY STUFFED FRENCH TOAST
 

Makes about 12 pieces of French toast

Here's what you will need:

1 loaf of French bread
1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups fresh berries, roughly chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk or half-and-half
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of ground nutmeg
2-3 tablespoons butter
Maple syrup, confectioner's sugar, and additional berries for serving (optional)

Begin by cutting your bread. With a bread knife remove about an inch from the end of the bread. Then, make a slice about 1/2 inch into the bread. Only cut about 3/4 of the way through. Then, about a 1/2 inch from your first slice, make another cut into the bread. This time, slice through. This will leave you with a slice of bread with a little pocket. Continue slicing the rest of the loaf in the same fashion. Set aside.

In a bowl with a hand mixer, combine the cream cheese, chopped berries, sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth. Set aside.

Using a spatula, spread a generous amount of the berry and cream cheese mixture between the two layers of each slice of bread. Set aside.

In a large bowl, break the eggs. Whisk together with the milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

Next, add some butter to a hot skillet set to medium-high heat and melt. I prefer to use non-stick spray as it's less fattening. Using a pair of tongs, dip the stuffed bread into the egg mixture. Allow any excess egg mixture to drip off; then place the bread in the skillet. Cook for about 4-6 minutes or until the bread is browned to your liking. Continue this process with the rest of the stuffed bread.

Sprinkle the French toast with confectioner's sugar. Serve warm with maple syrup and more fresh berries.

Strawberry Baked French Toast

Strawberry Baked French Toast

Today we are bringing it all together for breakfast tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow… I’m sorry to say that this is an OVERNIGHT recipe.

You have to make this the night before and then bake it in the morning. This is kind of a good thing. When you have guests staying the night, this is a simple breakfast that won’t keep you in the kitchen. In fact, if you have one of those fancy ovens with a timer to start it, you can preheat the oven, get up and pop the tray in, then go back to snuggling for another 30 minutes. It easier than cold cereal!

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Eggnog French Toast

I'm actually writing this post in the middle of family dinner. That's probably bad of me, but it's an informal setting, so I should be fine. Right? Otherwise how would you get this delicious recipe?! As you all know, I LOVE Egg Nog! But this year, can you believe, I didn't have the first taste of egg nog until yesterday? I was actually starting to get a little depressed about my lack of nog. Other than health reasons, I really can't understand why anyone would not like egg nog.

It does make an excellent coffee cream, and a great ingredient in desserts. Plus, it just tastes like Christmas when you bake a pan of french toast with it, with the added bonus of making your house smell amazing.

This is the perfect make ahead breakfast for Holiday guests. It takes about 5 minutes to put together, cover it and let it sit over night and in the morning all you have to do is throw it (figuratively, of course) in the oven and sit back and watch the wonder and amazement on the faces of your guest that you pull off something so tasty without even breaking a sweat. What? Don't believe me? Try this recipe for yourself and tell me!

Eggnog French Toast Bake

Ingredients

  • 6 slices wheat bread cut into 2 inch cubes 

  • 2 cups eggnog

  • 3 eggs

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar

  • ½ tsp nutmeg

Instructions

  • Arrange the bread cubes in a small square baking pan.

  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour over the bread, toss lightly to coat.

  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, and up to 24 (I recommend refrigerating overnight).

  • Preheat oven to 350. Bake french toast uncovered for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.


Merry Christmas Everyone!

XoX

Olivia