French toast recipe

Stuffed French Toast with Warm Apple Compote

Stuffed French Toast with Warm Apple Compote

Made this for breakfast this morning. A friend was coming over and wanted to make something special. I was so pleased she and her sweet dog were stopping by. I wanted food I could prep ahead and then just warm up. I also wanted something autumnal. It is the beginning of October, after all.

The Stuffed French Toast is one of my favorite breakfast/brunch dishes. You can make it and serve it right away. It can also be made ahead and just reheated. The apple compote can also be made ahead and warmed up when you are ready to eat. I prefer when I can get things done ahead for breakfast. I am not always the peppiest person in the morning.

The compote could also be made with pears or a combination of apples and pears.

Stuffed French Toast

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

1 t. vanilla

½ c. chopped nuts- I used slivered almonds

1 16-oz. loaf French bread

4 eggs

1 c. whipping cream or half and half

1/2 t. vanilla

½ t. nutmeg

Mix together cream cheese, vanilla and nuts. Set aside. Cut bread into 10-12 1½-inch slices. Cut pocket in each slice and fill with 1½ T. filling. Combine eggs and whipping cream with remaining vanilla and nutmeg. Use tongs to dip the bread, taking care not to squeeze out the filling. Cook toast on lightly greased griddle until browned on both sides. Keep toast warm in oven until ready to serve. Makes 10-12 slices.

Apple Compote

4-5 apples

½ c. honey

¼ c. brown sugar

¼ c. butter

3 T. lemon juice

1-2 t. cinnamon

1 t. vanilla

Pinch of salt

Peel, core, and slice apples. Place apples in a bowl of water with a little lemon juice in it, to keep them from discoloring. Once apples are all sliced, drain and place in a skillet with the remaining ingredients. Heat over medium-high heat until apples are tender and sauce has thickened. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Serve warm with the French toast. The compote can be served over cake, waffles or with ice cream.

Sarah’s Overnight French Toast Bake

Overnight French Toast

Overnight French Toast

On a recent visit to Michigan I got to do one of my favorite things- spend time with my family. My niece Sarah is always so much fun to be around and the visits are always too short. She is a great hostess and I enjoy her cooking almost as much as I enjoy seeing her. For breakfast on the morning I was leaving, Sarah made this great baked French toast dish that we topped with warm blueberry syrup. It was so flavorful, not too sweet and a special dish to serve for company.  This is a great dish for when you are pressed for time. You assemble it the night before and then just bake it when needed. She said it was really easy to make and promised me the recipe. She also included the recipe for the warm blueberry syrup she served with it. So here is Sarah’s recipe. I loved it and I think you will, too.




Sarah’s Overnight French Toast Bake

10 cups cubed white bread (Sarah used Texas Toast)
8oz. cream cheese
8 large eggs
2/3 c. half and half
1½ c. milk
½ tsp. vanilla

Cream all together, except the bread. Put bread in 9×13 pan. Pour egg mixture over cubed bread. Cover and put in fridge overnight. Let stand at room temp for 1/2 an hour, put in 375 oven for 50 minutes. My lazy version ……take out of fridge, put in cold oven, turn oven on, set timer for one hour, go back to bed while breakfast cooks.

Blueberry Syrup

1 pint blueberries
1/2c sugar
2 -3 tbs corn starch
dash of lemon Juice
pinch of salt

Combine, cook, stirring often, until boiling.

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