Oh my goodness, this breakfast is seriously heavenly!!! I never thought anything could rival my favorite Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, but this just might! I made this for my family’s 4th of July breakfast and it was perfect. In fact, it would be perfect for just about any holiday breakfast in my opinion. Of course I love fresh strawberries with pretty much anything, especially french toast, but the zesty orange cream cheese mixture in the middle was what really caught my attention. Yum! If you’re morning looks like it’s going to be a busy one, I would recommend making the strawberry syrup, cutting the fresh strawberries, and setting out the appropriate condiments the night before. Hey if you want to make your life really easy, set the table the night before! Enjoy.
VERY STRAWBERRY STUFFED FRENCH TOAST
Submitted by Amy ~ The Sisters Cafe
Recipe Source: adapted from Sandra Lee recipe
1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
2 T. strawberry preserves
1 T. shredded orange zest
1 cup half-and-half
2 T. frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
8 slices Texas Toast-style bread
Strawberry Syrup (I like this one of Erin’s)
Sliced fresh strawberries
Powdered sugar (optional)
1 Decorating bag or small sandwich bag
In a small mixing bowl, stir together softened cream cheese, strawberry preserves and orange zest until smooth. Set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, orange juice concentrate and vanilla extract. Pour into a shallow bowl or pie plate. Set aside.
With a paring or serrated knife, very carefully slice a pocket into the side of each bread slice (do not cut all the way through the bread). It’s okay if you accidentally cut through the side of the bread a little, just do you best. Using a good quality bread and knife will make this task easier. Fill pocket with a heaping spoonful of cream cheese mixture. I have found that the easiest way to add the cream cheese mixture for me is to spoon it into a decorating bag (typically used for icing cupcakes) and insert it into the pocket that way. If you don’t have any decorating bags, a small hole cut in the bottom corner of a plastic sandwich bag should do the trick as well. If you have any leftover cream cheese, save it for later as a delicious smeare on bagels, crackers, etc!
Pull out your favorite griddle or skillet. Carefully dip filled bread in egg mixture and brown for 1-2 minutes per side or until cooked. Serve hot with butter, strawberry syrup, sliced fresh strawberries and powdered sugar. Makes 4 servings.