I have never heard of using challah for french toast until this year. I have been on the hunt ever since, and think I have found it. At the city market, at Bloom Bakery in Kansas City. They have the best challah I have tried so far. So this story is not about just french toast, no my friends, this is french toast stuffed with a cream cheese filling.
I got this recipe from Tasty Kitchen, and of course you can use whatever fruit you want and I even made this with the loaf of italian bread and it came out very good as well.
Let me just show you what I did:
Ok, just had to post this picture, I mean come on people! I know you want to lick the screen, go ahead, it'll our little secret.
Now, cut the bread into pretty big chunks and then cut a slit in the middle so you can put the yummy filling:
Now take your cream cheese, please make sure it is softened and room temperature, you can mix it better with your strawberry preserve. I also, cut about a half pint of strawberries and let them sit in sugar before I started cooking. Some may say it's overkill with the sweetness, but I couldn't care less.
Then stuff your bread (hhmm, maybe a "That's what she said" moment right there). I overstuffed mine (and another one), go big or go home people.
Mix all the "dunking" ingredients together, I added 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Because we needed even more sweetness added right?
After whisking these ingredients together, dunk your stuffed french toast and let them sit on a plate until you have dunked all pieces.
Now cook! Cook (with butter of course, no low-cal version here folks) on medium heat until everything is heated through and the outside of the bread is a nice golden brown. Then, top it off with syrup, any remaining sweetened strawberries and powdered sugar. (I think I just got a cavity from writing this post.)
Go make this now! I hope you have enjoyed this post, I am now officially hungry, again. This is definitely going to become a staple in my weekend breakfast rotation!
Ok, so just had to add one more picture. :)