Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers and all the women who have loved on and selflessly poured themselves into the lives of others! Have a wonderful day!
This recipe is my take on the classic strawberry stuffed french toast. I love the creamy cheese mixed with the juicy strawberries and slight tang of lemon. For the bread, I use my cinnamon swirl bread recipe – skipping the swirl step and cinnamon sugar topping. Perfect with crisp bacon or sausage – this is one of my favorite breakfasts, and a tradition at my house on Mother’s Day. I hope you give it a try, I think you’ll really like it!
Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast
1 recipe cinnamon swirl bread (see here, leaving out the cinnamon swirl and the sugar topping – you can use any bread you like)
12 ounces strawberries, diced
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
grated zest of one lemon
pinch of salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
powdered sugar and additional sliced strawberries for serving
Slice the bread into 16 slices. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, diced strawberries, vanilla, lemon zest and pinch of salt. Mix well. Spread strawberry mixture equally onto 8 bread slices (each one takes about 2 tablespoons). Place remaining 8 slices of bread on top to make sandwiches. In a large shallow bowl, mix eggs, milk, flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla and salt. – mix well. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Dip the sandwiches in the egg mixture until the bread is just saturated. Add the sandwiches to the butter (in batches) and brown on both sides. Place browned french toast in a 400 degree oven and bake for 6 – 8 minutes until cooked through and slightly puffy. Serve immediately with powdered sugar and additional sliced strawberries.
In our house, we usually don’t go out for brunch on Mother’s Day – we make it at home. The total cost for this dish is $4.75 – even with bacon on the side, it’s still costs much less than going out!
Do you have any family traditions for Mother’s Day? Special foods that you make or maybe an annual barbecue? I’d love to hear from you and hope you all have a wonderful holiday!
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