Berry-Stuffed French Toast
Both kids and grown-ups will enjoy the creamy filling and sweet syrup that flavor these French toast sandwiches. Vary the recipe by substituting fresh blueberries and strawberries and the corresponding jam. —Monica & Lisa Hannahan, Dayton, Ohio
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Cook: 20 min.
- RASPBERRY SYRUP:
- 2 cups fresh raspberries or frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- FRENCH TOAST:
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 18 slices sourdough bread
- 1/2 cup raspberry preserves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 large eggs
- 1/4 cup half-and-half cream
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Confectioners' sugar and additional raspberries, optional
- For syrup, combine raspberries, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until syrup reaches desired consistency, 5-7 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla; set aside.
- In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream. Spread about 3 tablespoons on each slice of bread. Combine preserves and vanilla; spread over cream cheese mixture on nine slices. Top with remaining bread, cream cheese side down, to make a sandwich.
- In a shallow bowl, combine the eggs, cream and cinnamon. Dip both sides of bread into egg mixture. Cook on a hot greased griddle until golden brown, 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Cut in half diagonally. Serve with raspberry syrup. If desired, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and garnish with raspberries.