This recipe for Stuffed French Toast has been our family’s breakfast of choice on Christmas mornings for the past eight years. I know your family will love it too.
When I find a recipe that all four of us enjoy and look forward to I stick with it. This recipe for stuffed french toast with raspberry syrup was discovered on a trip my husband and I took to a local bed and breakfast many years ago. Both the breakfasts and dinner we enjoyed at this place were so good in fact that I purchased the owner’s cookbook. That is where the inspiration for this stuffed french toast came from.
This french toast has pretty much ruined me for all other french toast. Stuffing it is essential. It’s like a french toast grilled cheese. What could be better? And the red raspberry syrup just takes it over the top. It’s sweet and tart, fresh and bright. And festive looking for any time of year but especially during the holidays.
I’d recommend serving this stuffed french toast with some crisp bacon and ice cold orange juice. It’s really the perfect breakfast. I make it after we open presents on Christmas morning, when I’m still pretty sleepy from staying up late the night before wrapping those presents. Meaning this breakfast is simple and practically fool-proof.
Stuffed French Toast
- 1 loaf high-quality farmhouse style bread I use Pepperidge Farm
- 6 oz cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp apricot jam
- 1 tbsp sour cream
- 5 large eggs
- 1/2 cup half and half
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 12 oz frozen raspberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp apricot jam
In a medium pot, combine the frozen raspberries, 1/2 cup sugar, maple syrup and two tablespoons of apricot jam. Bring to a low boil and reduce heat to simmer the raspberry syrup for about 5 minutes. Stir, remove from heat, and set aside until ready to serve.
Heat a griddle to medium-high heat.
With a hand mixer, whip together the cream cheese, 1/4 cup of sugar, two tablespoons of apricot jam and sour cream until completely combined.
In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, two tablespoons of sugar, vanilla and cinnamon.
Evenly spread the filling mixture in-between two slices of bread to make french toast "sandwiches". I get seven sandwiches from one loaf.
One at a time, evenly dip both sides of your sandwiches in the soaking liquid. Fry on both sides of your well-greased griddle until well browned and filling mixture is "melty".
Serve with raspberry syrup.