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Strawberry-stuffed French Toast

(All ingredients are per serving, multiply as necessary)

2 slices thick-cut cinnamon bread (most thick-sliced breads will work)
2 tbs whipped cream cheese
1/4 c + 2 tbs strawberry preserves
2 large strawberries, one thinly sliced
1 egg
splash of cream or half & half
dash of cinnamon
butter for cooking
sprinkle of powdered sugar

  • Spread cream cheese on one slice of bread, place sliced strawberry evenly over top, carefully spread 2 tbs strawberry preserves over cream cheese and strawberry. Top with second bread slice, forming sandwich.

  • Whisk egg, cream and cinnamon together in shallow dish/pan.

  • Preheat electric griddle to 275E (may also use frying pan).

  • While griddle is heating, soak French Toast sandwich in egg mixture, evenly coating all sides.

  • Add butter to heated griddle and toast sandwich on all sides. Cook until cream cheese is melted and sandwich is evenly browned. Turn up heat on griddle to 350E once cream cheese is melted to get crispy toast.

  • Warm 1/4 c strawberry preserves in microwave (or on stove top).

    Serving suggestion: Place French Toast on plate and drizzle warmed preserves over top. Garnish with remaining strawberry. (Tip- slice strawberry on diagonal from crown to tip without separating and fan strawberry out.) Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Enjoy!

    Alternates: Almost any type of preserves and fruit will work with this dish. In season we use blackberries and raspberries. You may substitute a dash of vanilla instead of the cinnamon for a sweeter flavor.