This berry stuffed French toast recipe is always a winner when served for breakfast. Filled with berries and cream cheese and topped with maple syrup, what’s not to love?

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The secret’s out – I like sweet things for breakfast.

I don’t think I’ve told you my house is down the street from a Sheetz gas station/convenience store. And 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 might be your peanut M&Ms or potato chips.)

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.

close up of French toast dusted with powdered sugar and covered with berries

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.

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.)

Want more breakfast ideas? Try these recipes:

berry cream cheese breakfast on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions about Stuffed French Toast

Before we get to the stuffed French toast recipe, here are some questions people often ask about it. If you don’t see your question in this list, please leave it in the comments.

How do you make a French toast filling?

There are a lot of different ways you can make filling for stuffed French toast. My recipe uses cream cheese, fresh berries, sugar, and vanilla. Not a fruit fan? You could also leave out the berries and just use a cream cheese filling.

Why does my French toast come out soggy in the middle?

This is a common problem for anyone that uses a slice of bread that is too thin, fresh, or flimsy. No matter what type of bread you use, you need to make sure it is thick enough. If your bread is thick enough, then look at the milk mixture. If you use too much milk or skim milk, the bread might be soggy.

Other causes of soggy French toast include leaving the bread in the milk and egg mixture or cooking it at too high of heat, which sears the outside and leaves the middle uncooked.

What is the best type of bread to use in French toast?

My top three favorite types of bread to use for French toast are Brioche, challah, and French baguette. They are thick and dense enough to cook really well with the milk and egg coating.

I know we usually say “fresh is best” when it comes to food, but in this case, that’s not necessarily true. The best french toast is made with bread that’s slightly stale, so maybe a few days old. I usually buy a loaf, enjoy a fresh sandwich or two, then let it sit for a few days before whipping up my french toast!

two slices of French toast stuffed with cream cheese filling

The Best Stuffed Berry French Toast

This stuffed French toast recipe is so delicious that you’ll be proud to serve it at your next brunch or for guests.

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

Ingredients:

I used traditional ingredients to make the French toast, but the filling makes it really stand out! Remember, the fresher the ingredients (minus the bread – keep it slightly stale!), the better it will taste.

  • French Bread: This is the best kind of bread to use because it will toast and crisp up perfectly.
  • Cream Cheese: Soften an entire package of cream cheese; you will use this in the filling.
  • Fresh Berries: Any type of berries are perfect, so use what is in season.
  • Sugar: Use granulated sugar in the filling.
  • Vanilla Extract: Use vanilla in the egg coating for the bread to give the filling a deeper flavor.
  • Eggs: These are what crisp up and give the French toast its iconic flavor and texture.
  • Milk: Either whole milk or half and half will work perfectly. You need full-fat milk.
  • Ground Cinnamon: As the French toast cooks, you’ll smell the slightly-spicy aroma of cinnamon.
  • Ground Nutmeg: This is a classic ingredient in my favorite French toast recipes.
  • Salt: Enhances all the other ingredients and makes them stand out more.
  • Butter: Use unsalted butter when you fry the French toast.
  • Optional: Maple syrup, confectioner’s sugar, and additional berries for serving.
close up of stuffed French toast breakfast

How to Make Stuffed French Toast:

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, make your first slice only 3/4 of the way through the bread. Then, move over and make a second slice the whole way through.

man holding a slice of bread

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

cream cheese mixture between two pieces of bread

Speaking of the filling, for this recipe, I’m showing you 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.

fresh mixed berries in a bowl
stacked of stuffed French toast

Once the bread is stuffed, the preparation is the same as any French toast – dip that bread into a mixture of egg and milk and make sure its evenly coated.

French toast being dipped into egg and milk mixture

Then, drop it into a skillet or on a griddle and fry up your French toast.

golden brown toast in a skillet

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?

Then, grab your fork and enjoy!

syrup being poured over top of berry stuffed French toast

How to Store Stuffed French Toast

Sadly, stuffed French toast does not store very well. It tastes the best when you eat it hot off the griddle. However, if you want to save leftovers, I suggest eating them within a day or two.

Store leftover stuffed French toast in an airtight food storage container and keep it in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours.

a bite of cream cheese filled French toast on a fork

That’s a wrap on stuffed french toast!

And that, my friends, is how to create a delicious, memorable breakfast. Let me tell you, this berry stuffed French toast recipe tastes as good as it looks.

mixed berry french toast

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.

The Best Berry Stuffed French Toast Recipe:

Berry Stuffed French Toast

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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berries, breakfast, brunch, french toast, stuffed french toast
Servings: 12 pieces
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
This Berry Stuffed French Toast recipe is always a winner when served for breakfast. Stuffed with berries and cream cheese, then topped with maple syrup, what’s not to love?

Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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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Comments

  • Mary McLaurin at

    can you make ahead and freeze, I would like to make this for my grand daughter who is in collage

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      I’ve always been advised against freezing cream cheese, so I would say no.

      xo Michael

  • 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

  • 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!)

  • 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

  • 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!!!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

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