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Strawberry French Toast

Fresh berries and cream cheese create the creamy middle in these French toast sandwiches. Because you prepare this breakfast bake the night before, it's perfect for overnight guests. I like to serve it with bacon and fresh fruit. —Karen Sharp, Harvard, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 10 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half cream or heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • STRAWBERRY SAUCE:
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Maple syrup, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, strawberries and confectioners' sugar until blended. Spread about 2 tablespoons on one side of half the bread slices; top with remaining bread.
  • Place sandwiches in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a large bowl, beat the eggs, cream and vanilla. Pour over bread. Turn each sandwich. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  • With a slotted spatula, transfer sandwiches to a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Discard any remaining egg mixture. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes; turn and bake 10 minutes longer or until golden brown.
  • Meanwhile, for the sauce, combine the strawberries, sugar and water in a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve French toast with strawberry sauce and maple syrup if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 329 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 230mg cholesterol, 373mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • ckbray
    May 16, 2020

    Looks really fancy but my husband said he prefers regular french toast. All we could taste was strawberries. My bread was fresh and the crust made it a little hard to cut the bread without squishing it. Also after cooking, the crust was tough to eat. I couldn’t taste the strawberry cream cheese at all so I would’ve rather saved the calories. The filling mixture by itself was delicious and would be great on bagels. I didn’t like wasting the egg mixture that I had to throw out because it wasn’t absorbed.

  • arcadialady
    Feb 11, 2013

    One of our favorite holiday breakfasts. This has the taste of "stuffed french toast" without the mess. Delicious.

  • Brenda2772
    Apr 15, 2012

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  • efg345
    Aug 18, 2011

    This tasted restaurant quality. Very simple to make on a busy morning! The only thing I would do differently next time is cut the sugar in the syrup; it was very sweet. Other than that, this was great!

  • a_elizabeth
    Aug 10, 2011

    I have made this several times for breakfast/brunch with great success and reviews from friends and family. Everything whips together easily, and it sets well overnight, making my job in the morning a breeze.Sometimes I'll use my own variation of a strawberry sauce (frozen berries, 1-2 tbsp. sugar, water, and some corn starch to thicken).

  • jicook13
    Jun 6, 2011

    Awesome! the only thing that i did different was i added cornstarch and water to thicken up the sauce.

  • sandifoster
    Apr 9, 2010

    I have made many French Toast recipes and this is one that is most frequently asked for by family and friends! Easy to make, delicious to eat, and a very impressive presentation!

  • mollya
    Mar 15, 2010

    it was so good

  • kostenkomom
    Jun 12, 2008

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