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Strawberries Cheesecake French Toast

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French toast is a simple way to make plain bread exciting -- add some strawberries and it becomes even more special. Today's video is a Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast. While the peak strawberry season is between April and June, half of the California strawberry crop is harvested after June 1, so this is a dish you can make pretty much year round. It's an easy recipe for breakfast but if you're in the mood for something simple and sweet at night, this fits the bill to a "T."
Ingredients
  California strawberries 1 Cup (16 tbs), finely chopped
  Sugar 1 Tablespoon
  Zest of lemon 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Lemon juice 1 Tablespoon
  Strawberries 2 Large, mashed
  Light cream cheese 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs), softened
  Powdered sugar 2 Teaspoon
  Bread slices 8 , sliced half inch thick (Egg Bread / Other Loaf, Preferably A Day / Two Old)
  Eggs 3 Large, beaten
  Milk 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Sugar 3 Tablespoon
  Vanilla extract 1 Teaspoon
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Butter 2 Teaspoon
  Sliced almonds 1 Tablespoon
Directions

Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast
Simple Strawberry Syrup:
1 cup California strawberries, finely chopped
1 tbsp sugar
½ tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp lemon juice

French Toast:
2 large California strawberries, mashed
½ cup light cream cheese, softened
2 tsp powdered sugar
8 slices egg bread, or other loaf bread (preferably a day or two old), sliced ½ inch thick
3 large eggs, beaten
½ cup milk
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp butter
sliced almonds, optional

Directions
Simple Strawberry Syrup: In a small mixing bowl, sprinkle 1 tbsp sugar over chopped strawberries. Add lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix with a fork and set aside.

French Toast: With a serrated knife, slice bread into pieces ½ inch thick. Mix together mashed strawberries, light cream cheese, powdered sugar and 2 tbsp of the strawberry syrup. Spread 4 slices of bread with 2 tbsp of the strawberry cream cheese mixture. Cover with the remaining 4 slices of bread to make 4 sandwiches. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Dip bread into the egg mixture, gently flipping to allow egg mixture to soak in. Melt butter in the skillet, spreading the melted butter to evenly coat the bottom of the pan. Cook French toast for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through. Place French toast onto plates and top with a few tablespoons of the strawberry syrup. Dust with powdered sugar and sprinkle with sliced almonds if desired. Serve immediately. Serves 4

Source: California Strawberry Commission

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Course: 
Breakfast
Taste: 
Sweet
Method: 
Browned
Ingredient: 
Strawberry
Interest: 
Everyday, Quick
Restriction: 
Pregnancy, High Protein
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
10 Minutes
Ready In: 
0 Minutes
Servings: 
4
French Toast for breakfast is filling and energizing as well and here is one such recipe. Chef David Hu shows how to make French Toast with strawberry cheesecake stuffing and strawberry syrup. Toast surely at its best!

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