Two Ways to Make Stuffed French Toast
There are two ways to make stuffed French toast. Both are easy. If you can make a sandwich, you can make stuffed French toast. In fact, it’s a lot like making a sandwich.
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 mixed with fruit spread is a popular filling. We almost always use pastry fillings or combinations of pastry fillings.
We’ve taught classes and served stuffed French toast to participants. The following combinations have been popular:
- Raspberry and Bavarian Cream
- Cherry and Cream Cheese
- Blueberry and Lemon
- Pineapple and Cream Cheese.
For this article, we chose apple filling and a caramel syrup to drizzle over it. But maple syrup works too. You could use apple pie filling instead of pastry filling.
Fruit pastry filling or chopped nuts can be added to the cream cheese or the cream cheese can be topped with fruit.
The First Way to Make Stuffed French Toast
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.
- Spread the filling or fillings on a slice of bread and add another slice to make it a sandwich.
- Dip the sandwich in an egg mixture or tempura batter.
- Place the sandwich on a hot griddle and cook as you would French toast, turning once.
The Second Way to Make Stuffed French Toast
The second way to make stuffed French toast is to deep fry it. 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 crisp. It’s not as quick and simple, but in our classes, people always prefer this method.
Deep fry just as you would for donuts or French fries. Be sure to use a candy thermometer and keep the temperature in the 350 to 375 degree range. Remove the “sandwiches” with a slotted spatula.
For the Caramel Syrup
When we made the caramel apple French toast in the pictures, we simply used a buttermilk syrup as an approximation of caramel syrup. When the acid is removed from the buttermilk in buttermilk syrup, you are left with a caramelly, almost butterscotch flavor that is fantastic. It’s a great choice for French toast.
Caramel Syrup Recipe
You can make your own caramel syrup. This recipe works well.
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon caramel flavor
- Combine the cornstarch, salt, and sugar in a medium saucepan.
- Add the milk and corn syrup. Cook and stir until the mixture boils and is thick and bubbly. Remove from the heat.
- Add butter and caramel flavor. Stir until smooth. Thin if necessary with more milk.
Serve warm over pancakes or warm or cold over ice cream.
This can also be made with cream for a richer sauce. If you don’t have caramel flavor, you may use vanilla.