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Stuffed French Toast with Berry SyrupFriday, January 16, 2015
[Recipe makes 6 stuffed slices].
8 ounces cream cheese
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon sour cream
6 ounces raspberries
6 ounces blackberries
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon corn starch
1/2 cup water
2 large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 loaf challah bread, Italian bread, or similar (not pre-sliced)
For the filling, add the cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until smooth. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and sour cream, and mix on low until combined. Clean off the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, and then mix on high for a minute. Reserve.
For the syrup, add the berries, sugar, and lemon juice to a sauce pan. In a small bowl or cup, whisk together the corn starch and water, and then add to the sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until a boil is achieved, and then reduce to a simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Use an immersion blender to create the sauce, and then run the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the seeds. Reserve.
Place a cooling rack inside of a rimmed sheet pan, and transfer to the oven. Preheat your oven to 200° F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, sugar, flour, salt, and cinnamon, and whisk by hand for 30 seconds, or until combined. Slice the bread into six 1-1/2" slices. Carefully use a paring knife to cut an incision through the bottom of each slice, making sure not to cut within 1/2" from the remaining three edges. Divide the filling into six equal portions, and use a spoor or knife to fill and spread the filling. Lastly, submerge each slice into the batter, making sure each side is coated.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat, and melt a dab of butter. Once the butter is melted, add two slices of bread. Once nicely browned, flip. Lastly, sear off the tops, bottoms, and sides of the slices. Transfer the french toast to the oven, and repeat this process for the remaining slices.