Friday, February 11, 2011

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast with Brown Sugar Bacon

Just when I thought french toast couldn't get any better I had this. Strawberry stuffed French toast. Seriously? It is so good. And better yet it is really easy and quick to assemble and make. My kids love this and so does my husband. This is perfect for a romantic breakfast in bed. And if your like us, you can gaze dreamily into your spouses eyes, while three children sit in between you talking non stop and stealing the food off your plate. =) I love the combination of sweet and salty so I make this with brown sugar bacon (recipe below). If you don't like strawberries, substitute with your favorite fruit, such as blueberries, raspberries, etc.

For the filling:
1 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
2 tbsp. sugar
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
For the toast:
4 thick slices bread, I use french bread cut thick. Do not use the presliced kind.
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspopn vanilla

To make the filling, combine the sliced strawberries and sugar in a medium bowl.  Mix well and set aside to get juicy for about 15 minutes.  Stir in the cream cheese until well blended.
To prepare the toast, carefully slice a pocket into the center of each slice of bread, taking care not to cut all the way through to the other side.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  In a shallow baking dish or pie plate, whisk together the egg and milk.  Whisk in the melted butter and vanilla.  Stir in the cinnamon and salt and whisk until smooth.  Fill the pocket of each slice of bread with some of the filling mixture.  One or two at a time, place the filled slices of bread in the egg mixture, soaking about 60 seconds per side.  Remove the bread and allow the excess batter to drip off.  Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining bread slices.
Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the heated skillet and swirl to coat.  Add the filled slices of toast to the skillet in a single layer.  Cook until light golden brown and crisp, about 1-2 minutes per side.  Repeat with the remaining slices of bread, adding more butter to the skillet as needed.  Serve immediately with maple syrup, powdered sugar and fresh strawberries if desired. Prepare to get lots of kisses.

Brown Sugar Bacon


1/2 pound thick cut bacon
1 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional. (I know, I know I put this in everything)

Heat oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with foil. Top with a wire rack. Spray with cooking spray. You can also use a broiler pan for this.

Mix brown sugar and cayenne in shallow bowl. Dredge bacon in brown sugar. Pat brown sugar onto bacon.

Place on baking sheet and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until crispy.


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