So there is an AMAZING restaurant that isn’t far from where we live that has the most delicious scones and French Toast and Breakfast Bruschetta, and omelets and, and, and… I mean, I’ve woken up in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning craving their food. It is rich and delicious without feeling gross and heavy. This wonderful restaurant is called The Starling Diner. I am taking them on, though. I honestly think this recipe challenges their stuffed French Toast. I’m sure it’s just my own taste. I’m not huge on sugary foods in general and as amazing as their French Toast is, it can be a bit too sweet for me at times. It’s possible that I have captured the essence without having an over the top sweetness. It’s also possible that it was a one time fluke. Hopefully it’s the former! That said, they kick my butt on every other level, in every other dish. If you’re ever in Long Beach, go there and try everything (the scones in particular!!).
It’s basically just my regular French Toast recipe on steroids. I haven’t quite nailed down the perfect measurements so either be patient with me until I can do so or feel it out as you go. It is a simple recipe so you can’t really mess it up. Those kinds of recipes work best for me! 🙂
I am lucky enough to have a dad that makes the best homemade bread in the world for Vinnie and me each week. For the first time ever, that bread was not completely devoured within the first two days of receiving it. I refuse to waste this masterpiece so I used a couple thick slices to make this stuffed French Toast.
Again, I haven’t totally nailed down the measurements but here we go…
Berry Stuffed French Toast That Will Make Your Whole Day
My dad’s bread (but since you suckers can’t have it, you’ll have to do with your own favorite French Toast bread)
The ingredients needed for my perfectly fluffy French Toast recipe
Roughly a ½ cup of cream cheese
An equal amount of berries ( I used frozen berries that I thawed in the microwave but I’m sure fresh would be even better – if that’s even possible)
1-2 tablespoons of butter
1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350°
Cut a couple pretty thick pieces of bread (approximately 2″ thick) and create the regular French Toast. While that is cooking create the filling by adding the berries, butter, cream cheese, vanilla and brown sugar to a microwave safe dish (or do it stove top if you want to be fancy about it) and microwave it for 30 seconds to 1 minute at a time until it is easy to stir all together. If you want the berry sauce topping, create the same thing sans cream cheese and pour it over the top at the very end.
When the regular French Toast is done to your liking – it should be a nice toasty brown color – remove it from the griddle and dig a little hole in the middle of each piece. You don’t want to go all the way through, of course. Depending on the size of your slices of bread leave roughly an inch of bread around the edge and dig out about half of the middle part of the bread so you create a little bowl almost. Spoon the thoroughly mixed filling into the small bowl part and spread an even layer on the remaining face of the bread. Place two pieces of stuffed French Toast together, face to face. Stand them up on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake them for 10-12 minutes
Take it out of the oven and let it cool for a couple minutes before cutting it into desirably sized pieces (totally your call here). If you chose to use the berry sauce, now is the time to drizzle it over the top and sprinkle it with a little powdered sugar and cinnamon and devour it. Your stomach will definitely thank you. 🙂