When I'm in the rare mood for a big sweet breakfast, it's almost always basic French toast for me (rather than pancakes or waffles). I'll make it with stale challah or brioche soaked in a vanilla-egg-milk mixture and griddled, and serve it with grade B maple syrup.
But frankly, I'm almost never in this mood. I'm much more likely to make French toast for a crowd for holiday mornings or brunch. In those cases, I want something a little more showy and decadent, full of ripe fruit or melty cheese. Or I'd like a make-ahead recipe that serves a crowd, so I can just heat it up in the morning. Or, ideally, both. That's where stuffed and baked French toast recipes come into the picture.
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Stuffed French Toast Recipes
Stuffed French toast is dressed to impress. You cut a pocket in a double-wide piece of bread, or take two slices and make a sandwich. Stuff it with melty cheese, or delectable fruit -- or maybe both. Aw, yeah.
- Amanda at I am mommy stuffs a rainbow of fruit into a French toast loaf.
- Sarah at Sarah's Cucina Bella makes her banana-stuffed French toast with challah bread.
- Josh and Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod stuff their French toast with berries and melty Brie.
- Susan at Foodblogga gently spikes her blueberry and ricotta stuffed French toast with orangey Cointreau liqueur.
- Dawn at Wicked Good Dinner makes mascarpone-stuffed French toast fritters with orange and amaretto, and asks: "Is it French toast; is it a sweet grilled cheese; is it a Monte Cristo, is it a fritter?"
- Nicole at Baking Bites goes after my savory-loving heart with a French toast and bacon sandwich.
- And BlogHer member miavitadolce makes the ultimate chocolate lover's breakfast -- chocolate-stuffed French toast.
Baked: French Toast Casseroles
Baked French toast is the ultimate make-ahead convenience: Throw it in a dish overnight and toss it in the oven in the morning. But that doesn't mean it's not a very, very, very good way to feed a crowd in the morning:
- BlogHer member cheryldlee uses sweet Hawaiian bread in her French toast casserole.
- David Leite at Leite's Culinaria puts nuts and raisins in his deep dish brioche French toast.
- BlogHer member spoonwhiskspatulas puts cream cheese in her baked triple berry French Toast casserole.
- Sandy, the Reluctant Entertainer, makes a breakfast pear-vanilla French toast casserole that I want to jump into and holler "Cannonball!"
- Steph at A Year of Slow Cooking makes the ultimate set-it-and-forget-it recipe: a Crock-Pot French toast bake.
- Meg at Whatever … caramelizes sugar on the bottom of the casserole dish for a sweet upside-down French toast.
- And at Macaroni and Cheesecake, the French toast is stuffed AND baked.
What's your favorite French toast recipe?
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