If you’re looking to upgrade your breakfast or brunch, this berry-packed stuffed french toast recipe is exactly what you need. Thick french toast filled with berries and cream cheese and topped with maple syrup, what’s not to love?
The secret’s out – I like sweet things for breakfast and today I’m serving up one of my favorites: cream cheese and mixed berry stuffed french toast.
I used to own and run a bed and breakfast and this stuffed french toast was one of my go-to breakfasts. The guests loved it and it was really easy to make! I would often serve it with my brown sugar bacon or a slice of spinach bacon swiss quiche.
French toast has long been a breakfast favorite, cherished for its simplicity and versatility. However, this recipe takes it to the next level by adding a luscious cream cheese and mixed berry filling that will leave your taste buds dancing. Imagine golden-brown slices of bread, crisped to perfection, encasing a creamy, tangy filling infused with the vibrant sweetness of mixed berries. Each bite is a delightful contrast of textures and flavors, making it the ultimate breakfast treat. (It’s one of my favorite brunch recipes too!) I know you’re going to love it!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- The tangy cream cheese filling perfectly complements the sweetness of the mixed berries, creating a burst of flavors with every bite.
- The fluffy bread’s soft texture provides a pleasant contrast to the crispy exterior, adding an extra dimension to the dish.
- It’s a delicious and unique take on a classic dish. Anyone can served French toast. A stuffed French toast is special and unexpected.
- It’s customizable. Feel free to have fun with unique and flavorful filings! Try a different fruit like pineapple or use a different spread like Nutella.
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.
How to Make
I will walk you through the process of making this delicious pasta dish. For your convenience, I’ve also provided a full ingredient list and detailed instructions in the printable recipe card below.
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.
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 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.
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.
Then, drop it into a skillet or on a griddle and fry up your French toast.
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!
How to Store
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.
Now that you’ve mastered the basics of this berry-packed French toast recipe, it’s time to get creative! Here are a few variations to try out:
- Swap out the bread: While this recipe calls for French bread, feel free to experiment with different types of bread. Brioche, challah, sourdough, or even cinnamon raisin bread would all work well.
- Add some flavor: Want to add a little extra flavor to your French toast? Try experimenting with different spices and extracts in your egg mixture before soaking the bread.
- Go savory: French toast doesn’t always have to be sweet! Try swapping out the berries and for savory toppings like avocado, bacon, or fried eggs.
- Make it healthier: To make this recipe a little healthier, use whole wheat bread or gluten free bread. You can also use light cream cheese or even a mixture of cream cheese and greek yogurt.
Frequently Asked Questions
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!
What can I do with leftovers?
Leftover French toast can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. You can reheat it in the microwave or toaster oven for a quick breakfast or snack. You can also get creative and turn it into a dessert by topping it with ice cream and fruit.
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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.
Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 318mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2mg