This thick vanilla and cinnamon french toast is stuffed with sweet cream cheese filling and sugar-coated strawberries for a quick and easy indulgent breakfast!

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Strawberry Stuffed French Toast! This thick vanilla and cinnamon french toast is stuffed with sweet cream cheese filling and sugar-coated strawberries for a quick and easy indulgent breakfast! | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

After making my very first French bread from scratch, I was itching to find a delicious way to use it! My mind immediately went to Mimi’s Cafe because, for a very long time, it was my absolute favorite place to eat for breakfast. That is, until our favorite location closed down.

So, what’s a girl supposed to do when she has a craving she cannot satisfy with a 5-minute drive to her favorite cafe?

She figures out how to make her favorite dish herself, of course!

My go-to order at Mimi’s Cafe was always strawberry stuffed french toast. It took a few minutes of negotiating with my waiter to get the order just right, but it always came out perfect. And now I had the chance to make-it-to-order at home.

How to make french toast stuffed with cream cheese and strawberries.

How much cream cheese is too much?

My first attempt at recreating this stuffed french toast recipe resulted in an absolute mess of cream cheese ooze sizzling all over my skillet. I took a “less is more” approach during my next attempt and found a balance. I spread a thin, even layer over the bread, making sure to completely cover it, taking extra caution to not just glob it on.

What if the cream cheese consistency or flavor isn’t right?

If you’ve whipped up the cream cheese filling and it’s not what you expected, check out the tips below:

My cream cheese isn’t creamy enough to get an even spread. What do I do?

One trick to an even cream cheese spread is to freeze your cream cheese overnight and grate the cheese onto your bread the next day.

I found my cream cheese to be too tangy for this sweet dish.

Adding extra sugar to your cream cheese filling (to taste) is an easy way to get the sweeter taste that you want to add to your decadent stuffed french toast.

My cream cheese filling came out way too runny. How do I fix this?

Make sure you are using a block of regular cream cheese that has just been softened. Whipped cream cheese is not suitable for this particular recipe.

I’d like more cream cheese filling in my dish. Is there a way to add more without turning my meal into a mess?

Yes! You can create what is called a “bread pocket” in your bread slices if they are sliced thick enough. This is created by taking a knife and carefully cutting a small dip into the middle of your slices. This dip allows for more cream cheese to be put into your dish without allowing it to ooze out onto the sides.

Easy stuffed french toast recipe.

Can this dish be prepped ahead of time?

Busy lives leave little time to make great tasting meals. This meal can be prepped in only 15 minutes! In addition to that, the strawberry and cream cheese filling can actually be prepped the night before.

Is there a way to lessen the time it takes to prep the strawberries?

It is not suggested to slice fresh fruit before it is actually needed. So, I would not prep fresh fruit the night before. However, if you do not have access to sweet, fresh strawberries and are using frozen ones, you can slice them the night before and put them back into the freezer until you intend to use them.

What is the best kind of bread to use for stuffed french toast?

When it comes to choosing the best bread to use for strawberry cream cheese stuffed french toast, you definitely want to choose a sturdy bread that will not turn directly into mush when put into the egg mixture before frying. You also want to make sure your bread is able to be cooked to a perfect golden brown.

Forget about pre-sliced bread!

Perhaps most importantly, you must choose a bread that is available by the loaf. French toast requires thicker slices than every day pre-sliced bread. In addition, the bread must be sturdy and, obviously, tasty – which largely depends on the preferences of the cook.

So, which breads can you use?

What you choose is ultimately up to your own taste (there’s no wrong answer here) but if you’re looking for ideas, here’s a quick rundown of the most popular options:

  • Brioche bread is, simply put, a richer version of regular sandwich bread that easily holds its shape when drenched with wet mixtures.
  • Challah bread is known for being able to toast beautifully on the outside and maintain softness on the inside.
  • Pullman Loaf – also known as “sandwich bread” – can still be a suitable choice for stuffed french toast. However, it should be sliced thicker than normal. Think “Texas Toast” thickness.
  • Lastly, but used most often for this particular type of recipe, is French bread. One benefit of using French bread is that its texture does not allow it to turn too soft too fast when put into the egg mixture. In fact, it normally requires a few more moments of soaking than other bread.

Should you use stale bread?

If you’ve heard that french toast is better with stale bread, you certainly have not heard wrong. The softer the bread, the more likely your french toast will be a mushy disaster.

To avoid this, grab your preferred bread loaf a couple of days before you plan to make this dish. Or if you’ve decided to make this recipe at the last minute, slice your bread and leave it on your counter for a few hours so it can dry it out a bit.

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How to make stuffed french toast

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a large bowl, whip together the cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla until nice and smooth.

Step 2 – Prepare the strawberries by slicing them, patting them dry, and then tossing them in sugar.

Step 3Whisk together the milk, egg, vanilla, and cinnamon until the eggs are broken and the mixture is mostly smooth.

Step 4 – Assemble the french toast by spread the cream cheese mixture on one side of sliced french bread, add some strawberries, then top it with another slice of french bread. Dip the finished sandwich into the milk & egg mixture, coating both sides.

Step 5 – Melt some butter in a large, wide skillet, then add the prepared stuffed french toast. Fry each side until the bread turns a nice golden brown color.

Step 6 – Serve immediately with more slices of strawberries, powdered sugar, and maple syrup.

This post was originally published on May 13th, 2015. It was updated with new content on May 27th, 2019.

Recipe Details

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast! This thick vanilla and cinnamon french toast is stuffed with sweet cream cheese filling and sugar-coated strawberries for a quick and easy indulgent breakfast! | HomemadeHooplah.com
4.13 from 32 votes

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

15 mins prep + 25 mins cook
391 kcal
Yields: 8 servings (1 per person)
This thick vanilla and cinnamon french toast is stuffed with sweet cream cheese filling and sugar-coated strawberries for a quick and easy indulgent breakfast!

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • Using a stand mixer (or a [eafl id=”15452″ name=”hand mixer” text=”hand mixer”] + large mixing bowl), add softened cream cheese, sour cream, powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat on low until cream cheese has broken down, then mix on medium high until incorporated, about 2 minutes. Use a spatula to scrape around the sides and bottom, then beat again on medium for 30 seconds. Set filling aside.
  • For the strawberries, slice them as thin as you are able. If using frozen strawberries, use a paper towel to absorb any extra juice; wet strawberries will cause the french toast pieces slip and be hard to flip while cooking. When strawberries are sliced and ready, place them in a small bowl with 1/4 cup sugar. Gently toss strawberries until they are all coated in sugar. Set bowl nearby.
  • In a small bowl with a flat bottom (or pro tip: use an aluminum pie tin), whisk together milk, eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and cinnamon until thoroughly mixed. Set bowl nearby.
  • Spread a layer of cream cheese filling on one side of sliced french bread. Filling should be spread thin (not globbed on) but still thick enough to thoroughly cover bread.
  • Arrange strawberries in an even layer on top of the cream cheese spread, keeping a 1/4 inch gap around the sides of the bread.
  • Spread another thin layer of cream cheese on a new slice of french bread, then gently press it to the other slice with the strawberries (like a sandwich).
  • Spray a skillet with cooking spray and warm over medium heat.
  • Dip the french toast into the egg and milk mixture, gently flipping to coat both the top and the bottom.
  • Drop the french toast in the skillet and cook each side until golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side. To make flipping easier, use a thin spatula to scoop under the french toast and gently press your finger on top to secure it while the french toast is turned over. Save time by cooking 2-3 sandwiches at once.
  • Serve immediately with powdered sugar and syrup.

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 2.4mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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27 comments

    • Sara
    • 5 stars

    I finally took the time to make this as I normally am not the cook in the home. It was FANTASTIC! I will definitely make this again.

    • Paige
    • 5 stars

    Amazing!! My new Christmas morning tradition with my family is making this French toast for everyone. It was a huge hit!

    • Danielle
    • 5 stars

    It’s always so disappointing when I love a restaurant and the boyfriend doesn’t care for it. There is an amazing pancake place down the street from me, but the boyfriend doesn’t like pancakes…so we rarely go. Anyways, I love this stuffed french toast. Strawberries, vanilla and cinnamon, what a delicious combo.

    • Courtney

    Oh my goodness! This French toast will be perfect for my next weekend breakfast. I am seriously drooling over here. : )

    • Trish

    I made this tonight for supper. Total win!!!!! Seriously I can’t wait to make this again. My kid and hubby are picky so to say this was a win is an understatement. Thank you!

      • Chrisy

      Thanks for writing in, Trish! I’m so glad they liked it 😀

      • Sarah

      We like to do breakfast for dinner…and I am so trying this tonight! Can’t wait to see my girls’ faces when I serve this. Thank you for sharing!

    • Frances Langston

    Chrissy,

    I wanted to use up my strawberries so I fixed this for dinner as the dessert but made a few tweaks. I used Mascarpone and spread the mixture on lady fingers. Topped with fresh strawberries and creme fraiche and drizzled it with chocolate.

    • Aly

    Can you prep this ahead of time? Night before??

    • Hey Aly! I think you could prep the ain components the night before, like the filling, but I don’t think I could recommend cutting the fruit or totally assembling the french toast the night before. The filling might make the bread a little too soft overnight and the strawberries might be too juicy in the morning. That being said, I don’t have a ton of experience with prepping meals, so it’s entirely possible there’s a prep secret I’m missing 🙂

        • Jessica E.

        I chose this for my an old friend of mine to make me for Mother’s Day breakfast this morning and OMG, IT’S AMAZING!!!!! SO GOOD!! Just curious, cause we have a lot of the cream cheese filling left over, is there another recipe we could use it in? 🙂

        • Hey Jessica! I’m so glad the french toast turned out great 🙂 Sorry I’m so shamefully late in writing back to you (RL hasn’t been too kind to me the past week) BUT as for the leftover cream, you CAN freeze it for a few weeks. And as for what else to use it on, I think it’d be great on a bagel or even in a stuffed donut recipe. Depending on the consistency (may need to add more sugar?) you might even be able to use it as a frosting on a cake or cupcakes.

        • Valerie

        Looks really amazing, will definitely have to make this!

        • Yum Girl

        Oh my goodness! Your photos are incredible – did you know that your gnocchi sausage skillet dish has the most “likes’ on Instagram? I know we’ve only been on there about a month so it’s not all that much traffic but still. You have great talent! Thanks for continuing to submit to YG!

        • Thank you! And that’s awesome! I’m still learning the ropes of Instagram, too, but it’s great to know the community is enjoying it 😀 I’ve been submitting my work to YumGoggle since I started this blog and will continue to do so. I know you guys have been working extra hard on ramping things up and I’m receiving more traffic as a result. Keep up the GREAT work!

        • Lindsey @ Lou Lou Biscuit

        Oh my I love Mimi’s Cafe. After I read this I had a little panic attack, and googled to see if the Mimi’s in my home town is still open. Good news. Still there! I don’t have any near me, but when I go home to visit in California, I often meet friends there. A similar thing happened with my favorite dish, the spinach artichoke dip. They took it off the menu and I had to coerce the waiter into bringing it to me.

        Anyway, this french toast looks insanely delicious! I’m drooling.

        • Thank you Lindsey! I know how you feel – we’ve still got a few Mimi’s here in Phoenix, but they’re outside our typical “travel bubble.” I hope they manage to stick around!

        • Josie – Eat Thrive Glow

        Wow! On my breakfast wish list! Looks amazing 🙂

        • Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire

        Mimi’s sounds like such a great place! I wish I could go. This stuffed French toast looks absolutely amazing. I must try it!

        • Thank you Amanda! Mimi’s is a great breakfast stop if you like french inspired breakfast. They serve lunch and dinner, too, but I think that’s where they suffer – it’s not as popular as their breakfast. If they can manage to stay in business, maybe you’ll stumble across one one day 😀

        • Kate @ Diethood

        I drooled when I saw that first photo. Loves it!! I’ve never been to Mimi’s, but who cares, I’ll take this beauty any day!!!

        • Thank you Kate! Mimi’s is worth a visit if you ever see one – this french toast was really good, but I’ve still got some work to do to recapture the way they do it.

        • Rachael @ La Fuji Mama

        Oh why did I have to read this before eating breakfast?!? You know that you’ve ruined my morning right? Now instead of being perfectly content with my green smoothie, I’m going to be wishing I was eating this instead. Curse you! But in all seriousness, it looks phenomenal!

        • Haha, sorry Rachel! I should probably have one of those “Warning: Click to view” popups on this page before 10AM. And thank you 😀

        • Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

        Arg, my an old friend of mine has done the same for me with certain restaurants 🙁 It is sad because I know I will never get to eat there unless he is not with me and if that is the case, that means he has the truck so I cannot go anyway! I love your photography here and this french toast is killing me!

        • Sad to hear you have the same predicament, but good to know I’m not alone in the struggle 🙂 And thank you!