Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

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Recipe for Strawberry Stuffed French Toast. This decadent breakfast or brunch recipe, by Margaret Pache of Mesa, Arizona, was a finalist in the 1997 California Strawberry Festival's Berry Off cooking contest.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 - 1\" thick slices of French bread
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons butter
  • fresh strawberries
  • strawberry syrup

Directions

  1. Mix together the 1 cup of strawberries, the lemon juice and zest and 2 T sugar. Set aside.
  2. Cut bread slices in half and cut a slit in each slice to form a pocket. Stuff with strawberries, secure with toothpicks. Place slices in a 13\" X 9\" Greased or buttered baking dish.
  3. In a saucepan, combine milk, sugar, vanilla, baking powder and eggs. Mix well. Pour over stuffed bread, turning to coat. Chill for 30-60 minutes, turning bread pieces occasionally.
  4. Grease another 13\" X 9\" inch baking pan. Move bread pieces to this second pan and bake for 3-6 minutes on each side. Serve warm with syrup and additional strawberries.