While you might think that the French culture is responsible for the creation of this popular breakfast dish, that is actually not true. As far back as the Roman empire, people have been coating stale bread in eggs and milk and frying it as a delicious meal. This allowed economical cooks to utilize every scrap of available food while still rendering their day-old bread palatable. However, as the legend goes, the dish known as French toast got its name from a man named Joseph French. This man whipped up the dish in the 1700s and advertised it as French Toast after his own name.
Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast Recipe
- Electric Mixer
- Medium-Sized Bowl
- 9 inch Square Pan
- Sharp knife
- Large skillet
- 8 ounces Cream Cheese at room temperature
- 1/4 cup Half and Half
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 3 pcs Eggs
- 1 1/2 cups Milk
- 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 loaf French Bread unsliced
- Butter for Frying
- Using an electric mixer, in a medium-sized bowl, whip the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy, about two minutes.
- Pour in the half and half, the sugar, and the salt and beat well. Set this mixture aside.
- In a nine-inch square baking pan, whisk together the three eggs, the milk, the cinnamon, and the salt.
- On a large cutting board, slice the French bread into 1 ½ inch slices.
- Pick up each slice of French bread, and using a sharp paring knife, cut a slit through the crust, into the middle of the bread to create a cavity.
- Take about a tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture and using a butter knife, smear the cream cheese mixture into the cavity of the bread.
- Place each slice of bread into the egg and milk mixture on its side and let them soak to absorb the liquid.
- Let the bread slices sit in the mixture for about five minutes. About halfway through the soaking time, flip the bread over to make sure that both sides of the bread are coated in the egg and milk mixture.
- In a large skillet, melt two or three tablespoons of butter over medium heat.
- When the butter is lightly sizzling and fully melted, tip the skillet to coat the full surface of the pan.
- Place several slices of the French toast in the sizzling butter to cook the French toast slices.
- Let them cook for three to five minutes before flipping them with a spatula to cook the backside of the toast.
- When both sides of the French toast are golden brown and fully cooked, remove the French toast slices to a casserole dish with a lid.
- This way you can cover the French toast slices and keep them warm while you cook the remainder of the French toast.
- Repeat this process until all of the French toast is cooked.
- Serve the French toast topped with powdered sugar, pancake syrup, or freshly sliced, lightly sweetened fruit like apples, berries, or peaches.
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