Strawberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

french toastYield: 4 – 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf French or Italian bread
  • 4-oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry jam or jelly
  • 1 cup diced fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
  • maple syrup, for serving

Directions:

  1. Place diced strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle with the sugar to allow the juices to come out. Set aside for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Slice bread into 2-inch thick slices. (You should get between 6 and 8 slices.)
  3. Cut a slit in each of the thick slices, making a pocket in which to put the filling.
  4. For the filling, combine softened cream cheese with strawberry jam and sugared strawberries.
  5. Place a spoonful of the cream cheese mixture into each bread pocket, spreading it to the corners.
  6. For the coating, combine eggs, milk, almond/vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a shallow bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  7. Coat each side of the bread for about 5-10 seconds, until it has soaked up some of the egg mixture.
  8. Preheat a griddle to medium-high heat, and coat it with butter.
  9. Cook French toast 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
  10. Serve immediately with maple syrup. **Leftovers taste great heated in a 400*F oven for 10-15 minutes.

Originally posted by Sara over at http://chiefmarkets.com/blog/2012/04/16/strawberry-cream-cheese-stuffed-french-toast/

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