Michael Johnson, our marketing guy, is a fun guy. When we told him that we knew how to make French Fried Peanut Butter and Jam Stuffed French Toast, he lit up like a kid at Christmas. “That’s a bull’s-eye.” He said the combination of “French fried,” “Peanut Butter and Jam,” and “French toast” was like hitting the slot machines in Vegas. We taught a class once about making stuffed French toast. At the end of the class, we deep fried some instead of cooking it on the griddle. It was the hit of the class. When you cook French toast on the griddle, you use an egg wash. When you deep try it, you use a tempura batter. But it’s still easy.
How to Make Stuffed French Toast
The concept for stuffed French toast is simple: Make a sandwich with a yummy filling and dip the sandwich in an egg mixture or egg rich batter and cook as you would for other French toasts. The filling needs to be sticky enough that the two slices of bread stick together. Other than that, let your imagination soar.
While you can use anything, cream cheese is the most popular filling. So are pastry fillings. We often mix the two, mixing cream cheese with a little sugar to sweeten it and then spreading a layer of cream cheese and then pastry filling—like cherry or pineapple–between the two slices of bread. You can buy a cream cheese filling and skip the step of mixing cream cheese and sugar together.
The first way is to make it on the griddle. Spread a filling between two slices of bread, dredge it in an egg batter, and pop it on a griddle. The process is exactly the same as making a single slice of French toast. Because the heat has to drive through two slices instead of one, it takes longer to cook. If the bread is becoming too crusty before cooking all the way through, turn the heat down. At a lower heat, it will cook more thoroughly.
Pecan Crusted Cherry Stuffed French Toast is one of my favorites. Make a sandwich with cherry filling and cream cheese filling and dredge it in egg wash. Then dredge it in crushed pecans and put it on the griddle. The heat will toast the pecans. Drizzle it with cherry syrup or cream syrup. (Yes, we sell fancy syrups too.) There’s another way to make stuffed French toast: deep frying. Instead of dipping your sandwich in an egg batter, use a tempura batter. Deep frying with a tempura batter makes your stuffed French toast light and crispy. It’s not as quick, but in our classes, people always prefer this method. And yes, peanut butter and jam French toast made this way is remarkably good.
More ideas for stuffed French toast:
- Strawberries & Cream Stuffed French Toast: Bavarian cream filling with sliced fresh strawberries.
- Blueberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast: Blueberry pastry filling and cream cheese pastry filling.
- PB & J Stuffed French Toast: Peanut butter and your favorite jam or jelly.
- Banana Cream Pie Stuffed French Toast: Sliced bananas and Bavarian cream filling.
- Cinnamon Burst Stuffed French Toast: Bavarian cream filling with cinnamon chips stirred into the Bavarian cream.
You get the idea. Just be creative.