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How to Make Stuffed French Toast

Maple syrup well

Summary: Learn how to make stuffed french toast at home. The new approach here is how to cut the bread, the rest of the recipe is simple.

My friend ordered stuffed french toast for brunch at a local cafe and it looked so good, I had to re-create it for the home kitchen. After a few trial and errors, I perfected the recipe. The trick is to use medium-low heat and to cook the french toast for 4 minutes per side. To ensure the cheese melts, the skillet is covered with a lid or aluminum foil.

This is the brunch recipe I use when I want to impress people. It looks and tastes amazing but is very straight forward to make. Here is the recipe directions with pictures.

Equipment

  • 10 – 12 inch skillet
  • Lid or aluminum foil to cover skillet

Ingredients for Bacon and Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Serves: 2 – 3   | Prep: 5 minutes   | Cook: 20 minutes

  • from loaf of french bread cut 3 X 1” bread slices, flayed (sliced in half but not all the way – so bread opens up like a book)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbs milk
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 3 – 6 slices of bacon, cut in half before frying
  • 6 slices of thinly sliced cheese (suggestions: cheddar, Swiss, Gouda)
  • 1 tbs butter

1. To cut 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.
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Voila. You should have a 1” piece of bread that opens like a book.
Cut bread into a book

2. Place bacon in cold skillet over medium heat. Cook until desired crispiness is reached. Place two slices of bacon and two slices of cheese between the opening of the bread slice.
Add bacon Add cheese
You can keep the rest of the bacon warm in the oven at 200F.

3. Place a clean 10 – 12 inch skillet over medium low (about 3 or 4 out of 10) heat to warm up for 2 -3 minutes. Add butter and swirl it around until it  evenly coats the skillet.

4. Meanwhile, whisk eggs, milk and salt & pepper in medium bowl. Dip and coat each stuffed french bread into the egg mixture. Add to buttered skillet and repeat with remaining pieces of bread. Cover with lid or aluminum foil (the steam will help warm the centers of the french toast).
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Tip: Use a fork to lift out the bread out of the egg mixture and let the excess egg drip off. This will create a more crispy crust. IMG_8917

5. Set timer for 4 minutes. When 4 minutes is over, check the underside of the bread. It should have a nice brown crust like the picture below. If it’s not browning, try increasing the heat by one level. If the underside is starting to burn, reduce the heat by one level.
Crispy french toast
Flip and cook for a further 4 minutes. Serve with maple syrup , extra bacon and fresh sliced citrus fruit such as oranges and grapefruit.

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Stuffed French Toast

Stuffed french toast with hashbrowns

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.

Cut bread into a book 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:

  1. Cut the bread so it opens up like a book
  2. Put yummy fillings inside like crispy bacon and Swiss cheese (pictured below)
  3. Cover your skillet with a lid or aluminum foil when cooking (the steam will help heat up your filling)

Add bacon Add cheese

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.

Melty cheese in stuffed french toast Peaking under the lid to look at the melty cheese and bacon stuffed french toast

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.

Maple syrup wellMmm. Maple syrup well in the centre of the plate.

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