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2 slices of cheesecake french toast on a plate with a berry compote, whipped cream and fresh raspberries

THE BEST CHEESECAKE FRENCH TOAST RECIPE


  • Author: Zoha
  • Total Time: 40 min
  • Yield: 6

Description

The BEST menu item for all your brunch needs: delicious moist French toast filled with a cream cheese filling and served with a homemade berry compote


Ingredients

Berry Compote

  •  1 cup berries of choice (I mixed strawberries and raspberries)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Cheesecake Filling:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice

French Toast:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar (add 1/2 cup if you don't want to serve with any syrup)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 1" thick slices of brioche or challah bread
  • 2 tbsp sugar to fry
  • 2 tbsp butter to fry
  • Maple syrup to serve
  • Whipped cream to serve

Instructions

Berry Compote:

  • Chop the berries into large chunks
  • Mix everything together in a nonstick saucepan
  • Cook and stir on low heat until a thick compote forms. Set aside

Cheesecake filling: 

  • Using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese for 1 minute until it is creamy
  • Scrape the edges of the bowl and add the powdered sugar and cream
  • Whisk again until everything is combined and the mixture thickens up
  • Transfer the batter to a piping bag

French toast

  • Whisk the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla in a bowl until the eggs are fully broken down
  • Transfer to a deep large plate
  • Use a knife to cut pockets into each bread slice such that there is a slit on one edge but it doesn't extend to any other edge
  • Fill each bread slice generously with the cheesecake filling. Press the opening to seal it
  • Carefully dip each slice into the batter, coating properly on both sides. You should use up the entire batter
  • Heat 2 tbsp butter in a nonstick pan. On medium heat, fry the French toast until golden and crispy, about 3-4 min per side. Sprinkle the extra sugar on both sides as you are frying to make it caramelized
  • Serve the French toast hot with maple syrup, the berry compote, and cold whipped cream

Notes

I recommend buying a loaf of brioche or challah bread and slicing it yourself for best results. If you don't have thick sliced bread or a loaf, sandwich 2 bread slices together with the cheesecake filling

  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Cheesecake French Toast