Maybe I am way behind the wagon train here, but have you had stuffed french toast? Well, I hadn't. Then someone said how good it was and I started poking around until I found a recipe that I could change and make my own. Kinda.
What I saw in this recipe was possibilities. I can see a lot of variations and changes so that it will suit everyone and their tastes.
This is not overly sweet, I want to make sure that you know that. I wanted to have the filling be a little more savory than sweet. This is easy and so delicous, I know this would make a perfect breakfast for a Holiday or any special occasion for that matter.
Here is what I did:
I bought a loaf of french bread and I cut it into about 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces. A loaf of bread yielded 9 thick slices.
Cut a pocket into the bread. Don"t cut all the way through the bottom or the side or else your filling will get out.
Mix 8 oz of cream cheese with 1/4 cup orange juice and about 1/4 cup sugar. Put it into a plastic zip top bag and snip off the corner. This will make filling your pockets a lot easier. Fill your pockets with a couple Tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture. This is where it gets user friendly, if you fill the pockets and cover them tightly, you can refrigerate overnight! Maybe put them in a zip top bag stashed in the fridge would work too. That makes it a whole lot easier in the morning :)
When you are ready to make your french toast, beat 4 eggs with 2 Tablespoons of milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a dash of pepper. Dip the bread into it and cook on a hot griddle or in a pan with a little melted butter. Try not to soak the bread in the egg too long because it is really thick and you run the risk of not cooking the eggs all the way through if it's really soaked up the stuff.
Here is what I made for my sauce:
It's a 1/2 cup of apricot jam mixed with enough orange juice (or water) to thin it out. Heat it so that the jam melts and it is warm. Pour over your stuffed french toast and enjoy!
I think you can see what kind of possibilities there are here:
Use a tub of the flavored cream cheese for the filling, or mix your own.
Top with fresh fruit and whipped cream.
Yop with warm honey and pecans.
I think you can continue on your own from there.
This will be what we are eating on Thanksgiving morning, and I hope some of you do too!