Stuffed French Toast

Disclosure: California Walnuts provided me with a bag of walnuts for participating in #BrunchWeek, which were used to prepare this recipe. All opinions remain my own.

You baked that brioche from Wednesday, right? Good, because it should be just the right consistency now for one of my favorite ways to eat brioche–Stuffed French Toast.

Brioche Stuffed French Toast

One of the down sides to homemade bread is that you have to use it quickly. Since it’s full of the good stuff, it’s also more likely to go moldy or stale within a matter of days instead of weeks. You’ll have to bake more often to fill demand, but you’ll also be avoiding additives and chemicals, so it’s worth it. Plus have you ever eaten a loaf of grocery store bakery brioche? Blech. That is not what bread is supposed to taste like!

Brioche Stuffed French Toast

What do you do when your brioche has turned stale? Transform it into French toast, of course. Many of you are already keen on this, given the comments I’ve read this week, and I’m glad that you haven’t been kept in the dark. You can’t beat brioche when it comes to French toast. But we’re talking Mother’s Day here, so we want to make the ordinary extraordinary. This is where stuffed French toast comes in.

Brioche Stuffed French Toast

A bit of a hybrid between grilled cheese and French toast, stuffed French toast puts the ooooh! in ooh-la-la! Perfect for a brunch celebrating Mom and all she’s done for you! Show her that you care and go the extra mile. She’ll love you even more for it!

Brioche Stuffed French Toast

In this case, I chose to add some chopped California walnuts to the filling, providing textural interest. The walnuts complement the sweet/sour cherry preserves and smooth cream cheese beautifully, creating a memorable dish. Don’t be surprised if this becomes Mom’s favorite part of her special brunch. You’ll be making it over and over again!

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Stuffed French Toast
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Brunch
Serves: 4
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup black cherry preserves
  • ¼ cup California walnuts, lightly toasted and then chopped
  • 8 thick slices brioche
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon dried orange peel
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon organic sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • confectioners' sugar
  1. The night before, combine the cream cheese, preserves, and walnuts, mixing well, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, take it out 15 minutes before you're ready to prepare the French toast.
  2. Spread ¼ of the cream cheese mixture on one slice of bread. Pair with another slice to make a sandwich. Repeat with the rest of the slices and cream cheese.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, orange peel, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla, beating until well combined.
  4. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium to medium-high heat and melt ½ of the butter in the pan.
  5. Dip 1 sandwich in the egg mixture, let it sit for 5-10 seconds, then flip over and dip that side, also letting it sit for 5-10 seconds. Add it to the heated pan.
  6. Repeat so you'll have 2 sandwiches at a time in the pan.
  7. Flip when golden brown, then cook until that side is also golden brown.
  8. Plate and sprinkle confectioners' sugar over the top before serving.
  9. Repeat with other 2 sandwiches.

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