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French Toast With A Twist - Don't Skimp On The Stuffing!

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This turned out fantastic. Here at my place - you can never go wrong with strawberries or French Toast, so these were a guaranteed hit. I made the recipe exactly as written with help from my 8 year old daughter. A little quote from my 8 year old for your enjoyment: "this is off the hook good Mom, can we please, PLEASE make it again soon". We're planning to make it again to surprise the kids' grandparents. French toast topped with glazed strawberries and stuffed with cheesecake? I can't say I blame her! So tasty and original. Perfect to impress at a brunch. Serve with mimosas for a fancier brunch-type setting, or just make it for a special Saturday morning breakfast for your family like I do!

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Ingredients:

Strawberry & Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 oz cream cheese (1 pkg) softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar plus more for topping
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strawberries sliced
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Vanilla Cinnamon French Toast

  • 1 loaf french bread cut into 1 inch slices
  • 3 eggs large
  • 1 and 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon ground

Directions:

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Strawberry & Cream Cheese Filling

  • Using a stand mixer (or a hand mixer + large bowl), add softened cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla. Beat on low until cream cheese has broken down, then mix on medium high until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Use a spatula to scrap around the sides and bottom, then beat again on medium for 30 seconds. Set filling aside.
  • For the strawberries, slice them as thin as you are able. If using frozen strawberries, use a paper towel to absorb any extra juice; wet strawberries will cause the french toast pieces slip and be hard to flip while cooking. When strawberries are sliced and ready, place them in a small bowl with 1/4 cup sugar. Gently toss strawberries until they are all coated in sugar.

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Vanilla Cinnamon French Toast

  • In a small bowl with a flat bottom, whisk together milk, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon. Make sure cinnamon has fully mixed with the wet ingredients and is not just floating on top, still dry.

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Putting it all Together

  • Spread a layer of cream cheese filling on one side of sliced french bread. Filling should be spread thin but still thick enough to thoroughly cover bread.


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  • Arrange strawberries in an even layer on top of the cream cheese spread, you can TRY keeping a gap around the sides of the bread (I did not).

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  • Spread another thin layer of cream cheese on a new slice of french bread, then gently press it to the other slice with the strawberries (like a sandwich).
  • Spray a skillet with cooking spray and warm over medium heat.
  • Dip the french toast into the egg and milk mixture, coating both the top and the bottom.


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  • Drop the french toast in the skillet and cook each side until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side. To make flipping easier, use a thin spatula to scoop under the french toast and gently press your finger on top to secure it while the toast is flipped. You can save time by cooking 2-3 sandwiches at once.
  • Serve immediately with powdered sugar and syrup.

Enjoy friends!


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