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Strawberry Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast
Strawberry Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast

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One of the weekend breakfast treats my mom would make for us girls was French toast. Sandwich bread was soaked in the usual mixture of eggs and milk along with a pinch of nutmeg, her secret ingredient. I loved mine buttered and sprinkled with sugar. The rest of the family went for the maple syrup. I decided to treat Bill to a more elegant version. A stuffed version to be exact. Thick brioche slices were transformed into this amazing Strawberry Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast.

Strawberry Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast

You may all have realized I have a soft spot for mascarpone and strawberries, so this made for one scrumptious breakfast. The berries were ripe and fragrant…and these red gems sitting on my counter made my kitchen smell like summer. The familiar, comforting aroma of butter, eggs and cream cooking away was only amplified in goodness when the mascarpone and berries were gently warmed in the process. This is the perfect breakfast for your sweetie on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or anytime you want to start your day on a superb note.

Strawberry Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast

Ingredients

    Adapted from Foodess
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, cut in half, then sliced
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, divided (I used Dixie Crystals)
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 thick slices brioche or challah (about 1 inch thick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cream (may use milk for a lighter version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Grand Marnier, optional
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Powdered sugar (I recommend Dixie Crystals brand), maple syrup, optional for serving

Instructions

  1. Combine strawberries and 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar in a bowl; set aside.
  2. To make filling mix mascarpone, vanilla, and one tablespoon sugar. Stir in 1/4 cup of the strawberries, reserving the remaining berries for garnish.
  3. To make a pocket for stuffing place one slice of bread flat onto the work surface. While keeping one hand on top of bread, carefully slice a deep 3-inch wide pocket Repeat with remaining slice.
  4. Use a spoon to carefully stuff half the filling into each pocket. Gently pat the bread to distribute the filling without tearing the bread.
  5. In a pie plate or other shallow dish, whisk together eggs, cream, 1 tablespoon sugar, vanilla, salt and Grand Marnier, if using.
  6. Preheat a skillet over medium heat.Melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter in the skillet. Dip each side of the bread into the egg batter, just for a few seconds.
  7. Cook the french toast one slice at a time, flipping when the the bottom is golden, after about 2-3 minutes. Cook second side about 2 more minutes. Repeat with second slice. Serve with powdered sugar. maple syrup and remaining strawberries.
  8. Yield: 2 servings
    Total time: 30 minutes
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Comments

  1. YUM! We love Crepes in my house and these look PERFECT! Love the mascarpone! Pinned!

  2. Brian adores French toast so I make it for him but don’t usually join in. A stuffed version, though, sounds a lot more tempting!

  3. This sounds divine. Actually, this sounds like the sort of thing I’d like to have served to me whilst I lounge in bed…

  4. Liz. . oh my gawd. . I love mascarpone!!! yum! Your amazing Strawberry Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast looks sooooo good!!! happy #BrunchWeek!! and see you next week in Miami!

  5. Simple but really delicious.. And topped with strawberries everything is better :)

  6. These look absolutely delicious, Lizzy! That is one decadent brunch, worthy of a wonderful mom! :)

  7. Your French toast looks perfect and I’m swooning over how perfect those strawberries look!

  8. Those strawberries are the most prefect looking strawberries I think I have ever seen. Love this stuffed french toast.

  9. such a winning combination! thank you for participating this year. I love how gorgeous your photos are!

  10. Confession time: I don’t like French toast. What this really means is I haven’t tried it since I was 8 years old. When I spent the night at one of my childhood friend’s houses, her mom would make French toast in the morning, and it was terrible. It was always a soggy, mushy brown mess. Seeing this recipe makes me think I REALLY need to give it another try. Because this is none of those things, Liz!

  11. French toast is my favorite for brunch!! Great recipe!

  12. Mascarpone makes me weak in the knees so yes you know I love this!

  13. Mascarpone stuffed French toast puts regular French toast to shame, love it Liz!!!

  14. Wow, this looks beautiful Liz!!

  15. The Strawberry Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast looks wonderful. Can’t wait to try it.
    Thanks for all the great recipes.

  16. This looks beautiful and delicious. I imagine it would be perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch.

  17. Oh yeah! This sounds awesome!

  18. My mom made French toast too on the weekends. Wow, this looks so yummy I can’t wait to try it. Great recipe!

  19. Liz – this looks heavenly – perfect for those jeweled berries that are just arriving to the stores. Combined with marscarpone – delicious!

  20. I love anything french toast.Your sounds delicious and easy! I cant wait to make it for my family.

  21. These look great for Mother’s Day!

  22. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Looks good! I feel like I’m far behind, strawberries have been out for weeks now… Gotta get some soon:@)

  23. Liz, you had me at French Toast! Just gorgeous! Pinned.

  24. So much deliciousness on that plate, Liz! I want to make that soon.

  25. You had me at ‘mascarpone’!

  26. Absolutely gorgeous, I know I’d be unable to resist the mascarpone filling!

  27. I love that this uses mascarpone instead of cream cheese – cream cheese always feels so heavy to me for stuffed french toast. Love this!

  28. You had me at mascarpone! I’ll take a giant plate full of this, please!

  29. I want to try this french toast so much! And I was wondering what was going on, I am not getting your emails for new posts?
    So confused!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  30. What a great dish for Mother’s Day! I can’t get enough of strawberries right now, and what a lovely way to use them.

  31. I can’t stop daydreaming about this french toast now! Mascarpone and strawberries… mmm sounds dreamy! Even though I’ve never tried it before but I just might this weekend. :D

  32. Totally decadent. Totally good! And totally off my diet:( I don’t think this applies on Mother’s Day, do you?

  33. Lizzy,
    I love mascarpone cheese. The hubby would love this too.
    Annamaria

  34. This looks like a wonderful way to start the day. I love the combination of strawberries and mascarpone cheese. I hope I get something like this on Mother’s Day xx

  35. What a great spin on a French toast!
    :) ela

  36. Makes me smile, Liz, Even as a little girl you were a delicate flower looking to create the pretty French toast, (Personally I drowned my dish in syrup.) Anyway, lovely, lovely way to celebrate moms and brunch!

  37. The mascarpone berry filling sounds heavenly. Must make some French toast this weekend too.

  38. Yeah I have a soft spot for strawberries and mascarpone myself!
    I’ll have to try this recipe — it looks amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

  39. Mascarpone and strawberries is a match made in heaven!! I’ve been known to stand in front of the fridge, dipping berries into the mascarpone container. Seriously. lol

  40. Wowwwww this toast looks soooooooooo GOOD
    It must be heavenly

  41. This french toast sounds amazing, I love mascarpone! And the fresh strawberries look delicious :)

  42. I have the same soft spot for strawberries and mascarpone Liz and while my version of French toast is much like your moms; I sure wouldn’t say no to this; looks divine!

  43. I just adore French Toast, but stuffed with strawberries and mascarpone? To die for!!

  44. My mom used to make French toast for us too but she used that nasty Wonder bread stuff so my experience wasn’t as good as yours. That being said, now that I’m older and have put the fluffy, soft white bread aside, I love the stuff and your version looks amazing.

  45. Is there anything so delicious and decadent as stuffed french toast for breakfast?! I think not! It definitely tops my list of favorite indulgences and I cannot wait to try your strawberry mascarpone version!!!

  46. Oh my! My mouth is watering just thinking about this dish it looks and sounds amazing, a perfect lazy sunday brunch treat to be enjoyed in bed with a loved one :)

  47. Oh man! I want a slice of this right now :)

  48. YUMMMm.
    I’ve gained 20 pounds since I’ve started reading your blog, Liz.!

  49. Oh my goodness that looks and sounds wonderful. So many delicious looking bread recipes here…I love savoury breads and yours looks brilliant!!! Bookmarking this one for sure.

  50. Oh my word, I have some leftover mascarpone cheese and I was just wondering what I was going to do with it. I think I have my answer.

  51. I almost made a strawberry stuffed french toast for brunch week! Now I know that I REALLY need to make it happen! Those photos are just gorgeous!

  52. Liz, this would indeed be a superb start to any day! Those strawberries are so vibrant, I can tell just by looking at them how fragrant and flavourful they are. And you know I’m a sucker for mascarpone, especially stuffed into French toast. Everything about this is decadent and lovely and wonderful!

  53. Finding brioche around here is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack! I don’t have the nerve to tackle making it yet so I will try challah for this recipe. We really need to move!!!

  54. This stuffed french toast looks to-die-for! Love the bright pop of strawberries in your picture :) And mascarpone is a great idea – I like it more than cream cheese! Pinned!

  55. Talk about over the top breakfast! That looks like something I’d get in one of those fancy restaurants. :)

  56. Wow Liz, this french toast looks incredible! I love mascarpone and the fresh strawberries look delicious :)

  57. Mmm I’m not the biggest fan of plain French toast, but I know I’d love this stuffed French toast with the berries and cheese.

  58. Mmmmmm….strawberries are just coming in here – I will be in the strawberry capitol next weekend and this is one recipe I am making with those little gems!

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