Perfect Strawberry Stuffed French Toast Recipe

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challah french toast

What’s Up, Hungry People

My sweet tooth is tingling. Whether you’re making this for breakfast or dessert, you can stuff this French toast with pretty much anything.

I’ve always loved the flavor of mascarpone cheese—it’s light and buttery, with just a hint of cheese flavor. It almost reminds me more of homemade butter than a traditional cheese. Either way, it pairs deliciously with the sweet flavors of strawberries!

You can stuff this French toast with practically anything—the key is to cut the challah bread thick enough so that you have about an inch of breading on either side and create a pocket in the center that doesn’t go all the way through.

stuffed french toast with strawberies

Completed with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey, this stuffed French toast is the perfect start to any morning—or the perfect dessert at the end of a long day.

However you decide to serve it, there’s no beating French toast!

Here’s What You Need

  • Challah or brioche: Thick-sliced to create pockets for stuffing.
  • Half ‘n’ half: Adds richness to the egg mixture.
  • Eggs: Binds the custard mixture and helps with browning.
  • Local honey: Adds a touch of sweetness and helps with caramelization.
  • Cinnamon: Adds warmth and depth to the flavor.
  • Salt: Balances the sweetness and enhances other flavors.
  • Fresh strawberries: Adds a juicy, sweet, and slightly tart contrast.
  • Mascarpone cheese: Creamy and slightly tangy filling for the bread.
strawberry stuffed french toast

Let’s Cook

Preheat your oven to 250°F. Slice your day-old challah or brioche into thick, 3-4 inch slices. Now, cut a “pocket” into the top of each slice. Make sure there’s about a half-inch of bread on all sides of the cut so the stuffing doesn’t fall out.

Mix It Up

In a bowl, whisk together 2 eggs, 2 cups of half ‘n’ half, 2 tablespoons of local honey, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of salt. This will be your custard mixture.

Stuff the Bread

Spread a thin layer of mascarpone inside each pocket. Then, stuff those pockets with thinly sliced fresh strawberries. Once stuffed, spread a little more mascarpone above the strawberries to seal them in.

brioche french toast with strawberries

Fry Time

Heat a frying pan over medium heat and grease it with spray oil or butter. Fry two pieces of bread at a time, about 3-4 minutes per side, until they have a crispy crust and a soft center. Place the cooked slices on a baking sheet and keep them warm in the oven while you finish cooking the rest.

Serve It Up

Spread a small bit of mascarpone on top of each slice. Serve with fresh strawberries and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.

mascarpone and strawberry french toast

Tips for Perfect Stuffed French Toast

  • Cutting the Bread: Make sure to cut the bread thick enough (3-4 inches) to hold the filling without breaking apart. A serrated knife works best for clean cuts.
  • Sealing the Filling: Spread a thin layer of mascarpone above the strawberries to “seal” them in. This helps keep the filling intact while cooking.
  • Cooking Temperature: Use medium heat to fry the French toast. This ensures a crispy exterior without burning, while the inside cooks through.
  • Keeping Warm: Place the cooked slices in a 250°F oven while you finish the rest. This keeps them warm and maintains their texture.
  • Serving Suggestions: Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey and fresh strawberries. This adds a fresh, sweet finish to each bite.
french toast with mascarpone and strawberries

Whether it’s breakfast or dessert, strawberry mascarpone stuffed french toast is a crowd-pleaser. The combination of sweet strawberries and creamy mascarpone, all wrapped up in thick slices of challah or brioche, is just too good to resist. Give it a try, Hungry People, and see how delicious your morning or evening can get. There’s no beating a plate of perfectly cooked french toast!

strawberry challah french toast

Strawberry Mascarpone STUFFED French Toast

The Starving Chef
This strawberry mascarpone stuffed french toast combines sweet and creamy flavors in every bite.
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Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Bread, Breakfast
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf day-old challah or brioche thick sliced
  • 2 cups half 'n' half
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons local honey
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package fresh strawberries sliced thin
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese room temperature

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 250°F. Cut the bread into 3-4 inch thick slices. Slice a “pocket” in the top of each piece – there should be about a half inch of bread between the sides and bottom of the vertical cut.
  • Whisk together the eggs, half 'n' half, honey, cinnamon, and salt. Cut the strawberries into thin slices.
  • Spread a thin layer of mascarpone in each “pocket” and then stuff with strawberries. Then spread a little bit of mascarpone above the strawberries to “seal” them into the bread slices. Repeat with the remaining slices of bread.
  • Grease a frying pan over medium heat with spray oil or butter. Fry two pieces of bread at a time, searing for 3-4 minutes per side. There should be a crispy crust and soft center. Place the cooked slices on a baking sheet and place in the oven while you cook the other slices.
  • Spread a small bit of mascarpone on top of each slice and serve with fresh strawberries and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Enjoy.
Keyword bread, mascarpone, strawberries, stuffed
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