Verdict: Crispy bacon and oozing cheese surprise you in this special stuffed french toast. This is my #1 brunch dish to serve to good friends or guest visiting in town.
This dish is inspired by Dairy Lane Cafe, a small restaurant located in Calgary’s West Hillhurst neighbourhood. Their mission is to use local and organic products to produce high quality meals. I enjoyed my breakfast sandwich, the Hillhurst Sammy, but what really caught my eye was the stuffed french toast my friend ordered. I tried my best to deconstruct (undress) the dish without disturbing my friend. The design seemed simple enough: a large piece of bread that was sliced horizontally but not severed, stuffed with Nutella and sliced bananas.
To prepare bread, make a half inch incision, stopping before you severe the bottom. Cut another half inch incision but this time, cut all the way through. Voila! You have a piece of bread that opens up like a book.
I had a great recipe for french toast so it was tested with the stuffed french toast variation. The preparations were easy and the results were awesome! It’s like making french toast but with the following small changes:
- Cut the bread so it opens up like a book
- Put yummy fillings inside like crispy bacon and Swiss cheese (pictured below)
- Cover your skillet with a lid or aluminum foil when cooking (the steam will help heat up your filling)
I love making this for guests that are visiting town because it’s so novel and yummy, one of those dishes that looks more complicated than it really is. I taught my friend how to make this last year, and to this day, she still raves about it.
We’ve had great successes with the savoury (bacon and cheese) and sweet (Nutella and banana) varieties of this recipe but there are many more combinations to try. Perhaps spinach, cooked chicken and Swiss cheese? Or Strawberries and sweetened cream cheese? To be honest, the bacon and cheese is so good, I’m almost reluctant to try new savoury combinations. I hope you try out the recipe and report back; I’d love to hear about your stuffed french toast experiments.