Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

Welcome back to IBC’s Breakfast Week! You’re in for another treat today.

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

The secret’s out. – I like sweet things for breakfast. I don’t think I’ve told you that my house is down the street from a Sheetz gas station / convenience store. Several years ago they carried a cotton candy donut. This is embarrassing to admit, but that donut had some magical power over me. I would wake up, try to make myself look presentable (but that didn’t really matter), drive the quarter mile, and buy a cotton candy donut on a somewhat regular basis. And by “a” cotton candy donut, I mean two, or sometimes three. I would tell myself I’d save one for tomorrow. But of course, that never happened because I consumed them in quick succession. (We’ve all been there, right? My cotton candy donut may be your peanut M&Ms or potato chips. Right?)

As I’m typing this, I feel like I’m applying for an episode of My Strange Addiction. It wasn’t that bad, but I definitely was hooked. Thankfully, Sheetz no longer carries the cotton candy donut, so my “addiction” has stopped, and thankfully my jeans still fit.

Anyway, this story has little to do with this post other than to illustrate how much I love sweets. Even though I’m 99% sure you already knew that.

Now, onto Berry Stuffed French Toast.

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

As you might have guessed, this was another go-to recipe at my B&B.

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

French toast is a classic breakfast dish, but I like to make things a little bigger and bolder. This particular French toast is stuffed with a blend of sweetened cream cheese and fresh berries to create a decadent morning treat. (Maybe even better than my cotton candy donuts. Maybe.)

What makes this recipe work especially well is the preparation of the bread. You start with a loaf of unsliced French bread. To cut the bread, you make your first slice only 3/4 of the way through the bread. Then, your next slice will go the whole way through.

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

This will make a little pocket to fill with that delicious sweet cream cheese berry mixture.

Speaking of the filling, for this recipe I’m showing your how to create mixed berries. However, you can substitute any fruit you’d like. I’ve done this with just strawberries and even cranberries around the holidays. Use whatever you like or whatever is fresh.

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

Once the bread is stuffed, the preparation is the same as any French toast.

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

Dip that bread into a mixture of egg and milk and fry it in a skillet or on a griddle.

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

Naturally, you’ll want to top it all off with a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar, maple syrup, and some more fresh berries. – Since we’ve come this far, we might as well do it right.

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

Then, grab your fork and enjoy!

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

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
1/2 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
Pinch of salt
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. 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.

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mixed berry french toast

And that, my friends, is how to create a delicious, memorable breakfast.

Let me tell you, it tastes as good as it looks.

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

Berry Stuffed French Toast | inspiredbycharm.com #IBCbreakfastweek

Give this recipe a try – add your own twist, and tell us what you think. Oh, and if you ever see cotton candy donuts at Sheetz, buy 2 or 3, eat them all, and don’t feel guilty.

Welcome back to IBC’s Breakfast Week! You’re in for another treat today. The secret’s out. – I like sweet things for breakfast. I don’t think I’ve told you that my house is down the street from a Sheetz gas station / convenience store. Several years ago they carried a cotton candy donut. This is embarrassing […]

Comments

  • Lisa G. at

    Oh. My. Goodness. Does this look delicious! I usually make the Barefoot Contessa’s French Toast with challah bread, unstuffed, but this gives me a new version to try, along with the Brown Sugar Bacon you posted the other day. Thank you!

  • Lisa at

    YUM! Unbelievable… I have no doubt this french toast will taste incredibly delicious! And so easy to prepare. BTW – I forgot to tell you we made your mulled wine recipe on Christmas day. It was fantastic! And will be a Christmas tradition for years to come (though I expect we’ll be making it a few more times during the winter 🙂 Thanks for all the great recipes!

  • Sherry at

    Wow, what a way to make my favorite breakfast or anytime of the day……….this sounds fabulous and delicious and healthy. Thank you so very much Michael. I hope you have a very wonderful year!

  • Peggy at

    I never thought of doing this and I have been hoarding some very special homemade jam that I think might just be used in stuffed French toast! Can’t wait for Sunday morning brunch!

  • Debra W at

    “Oh my goodness” is what I thought when I first saw this. This looks so good. I will have to try it. I had to smile at your cotton candy donuts story. 🙂 Yes we all have our little indulgences that we get carried away with in a good way. My was chocolate almond ice cream to which I added walnuts, pecans and raisins for even more goodness. Yummy!!!

  • chloe | Boxwood Avenue at

    Oh no, I thought you had me at the berry breakfast cake…now this!? These are too good to even make – they’ll become my cotton candy donut 😉 Okay, maybe I can make them just once. LOL

  • susan at

    This looks deadly delicious, and easy.
    What a way to treat the kids & grandkids when they visit.
    (I wouldn’t want to get caught making it for just myself!)

  • Linda at

    Do you place the cooked Fr. toast in the oven to keep it warm while you complete the frying?
    Sounds (and looks) wonderful!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Yes, you can certainly do that. I usually just serve it right away.

      xo Michael

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