I’m showing you this recipe right now so you have ample time to plan ahead.  Make it this weekend as breakfast in bed for your Valentine.  Or, if you aren’t into Valentine’s Day, just make it anyway for someone special.  Or, hint around this week so your special someone makes it for you :)  This recipe was a breakthrough in our household.  You see, I’ve never been a fan of French toast.  Though it does taste yummy, the texture has always been a deal breaker for me.  Who wants a plate of eggy, soggy toast made soggier with syrup?  Not I.  But, Ben has always loved French toast so I try to keep an eye out for recipes.

While browsing around the recipes on Williams Sonoma’s website, I saw a few variations on stuffed French toast, and I was intrigued.  That sounded like something I could get on board with.  Yummy tasting toast plus delicious filling?  The only issue remaining was how to remedy the super soggy texture.  I referenced the basic French toast recipe in The New Best Recipe.  Of course, ATK has a great strategy for preventing too much of the egg mixture.  Adding flour to the mix helps the right amount of egg mixture to soak in – just enough that the bread is tender with good flavor, and a nice crisp exterior.  This was a huge hit with our family.  Me, the former French toast hater, Andrew, who had never tried French toast before, and Ben who loved it so much he talked about it for days (weeks?) afterward.  I’m really excited now because this has opened up a new breakfast realm for me.  I have so many ideas for filling and flavor variations that the only problem now is deciding which to try next.


For the filling:
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
2 tbsp. sugar
4 oz. cream cheese, softened

For the toast:
4 thick slices bread, such as challah or soft Italian bread
1 large egg
¾ cup milk
2 tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt
Unsalted butter

Maple syrup, powdered sugar and additional fresh strawberries for serving


  • 01

    To make the filling, combine the sliced strawberries and sugar in a medium bowl.  Mix well and set aside to macerate for about 15 minutes.  Stir in the cream cheese until well blended.

  • 02

    To prepare the toast, carefully slice a pocket into the center of each slice of bread, taking care not to cut all the way through to the other side.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  In a shallow baking dish or pie plate, whisk together the egg and milk.  Whisk in the melted butter and vanilla.  Stir in the flour, cinnamon and salt and whisk until smooth.  Fill the pocket of each slice of bread with some of the filling mixture.  One or two at a time, place the filled slices of bread in the egg mixture, soaking about 30-40 seconds per side.  Remove the bread and allow the excess batter to drip off.  Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining bread slices.

  • 03

    Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the heated skillet and swirl to coat.  Add the filled slices of toast to the skillet in a single layer.  Cook until light golden brown and crisp, about 1-2 minutes per side.  Repeat with the remaining slices of bread, adding more butter to the skillet as needed.  Serve immediately with maple syrup, powdered sugar and fresh strawberries as desired.


  • I thought I’d died and went to heaven when I saw this recipe! I absolutely love anything sweet with strawberries in it. I think this french toast would be amazing with strawberry syrup on top!

  • I’m glad you’re a french toast lover now! These look just amazing!

  • Wow wow wow. I love French toast and this looks *divine*. Thanks for such heavenly inspiration!

  • What a wonderful variation of French toast!

  • Drool! I want!

  • Delicious Annie!

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    I like so much your site, it’s very nice!


  • Not only is this genius, but so pretty, too!

  • I love just about any version of French toast… my husband would really love this filling. What a pretty dish, too!

  • YUM! This would be a perfect V-day breakfast! It looks delicious and gorgeous!!

  • I’m drooling over here, practically licking the screen. That looks fantastic. I recently learned to make brioche and I think that strawberry filling will make a perfect accompaniment to a brioche french toast casserole. Yum!

  • Oh. My. God.

    Looks so good!

    I’ve been experimenting with French toast a lot lately. I’m going to have to try this one! Too bad I didn’t buy strawberries when I went food shopping yesterday, even though I meant to!

  • Ok well we always have loved French toast…sogginess and all…but this looks like it will just solidify our love that much more…delicious!

  • Liliana

    How amazing does this french toast look? I’m definitely making these this weekend. Thank you Annie!

  • Oh man! I’m totally starring this for a breakfast in bed type of morning! This looks fabulous!

  • Kristin

    I am totally with you – french toast is only good with filling. My favorite is challah bread, stuffed with bananas sauted with brown sugar and butter (like Bananas Foster).

  • Mmmmm… French toast and strawberries. This looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

  • THANK YOU!!! Wowza!

  • Wow, these look really cool. I could totally eat this for breakfast right now. They also look very spongy. Very, very cool :-)

  • I love French toast and this just looks incredible!

  • Rebekah

    I am not a fan of the texture of french toast, either. I will have to try this! I think my husband and little girl would love it.

  • I actually love French toast but I know what you mean about the soggy factor. Loving the idea of stuffed French toast!!

  • WOW, that looks amazing, the red strawberries really make it stand out. This would be the most perfect way to wake up on Valentines!

  • omg I really really want this, and i want it now.

  • This looks absolutely fantastic and too pretty to be THAT easy! Wow!

  • I think I’d even be happy with just the filling and a spoon :)

  • Mmm… the filling alone makes me want to eat these right now. Another great version is adding peanut butter to your egg mix and stuffing them with bananas. Amazing! I think I’ll be making both this weekend for a fruit-filled breakfast. Thanks for another great recipe!

  • GULP. This french toast looks so good! I’d eat it for lunch and dinner too. Reminds me that spring may be on it’s way!

  • This looks so yummy! What a perfect breakfast for upcoming Valentine’s Day!

  • It’s funny you posted this because I have a very similar recipe posted on my refrigerator as motivation to make it ASAP. It does look like a winner!

  • Wow- that looks delicious. Beautiful pictures. My husband and I would love this!

  • Yummy french toast version…it looks so goood.

  • I’ve always been in love with french toast but never my homemade versions. I could never seem to get the crunchy exterior without a super soggy interior! I’m going to have to try this recipe out.

  • Wow this looks amazing!!! Definitely perfect for Valentine’s Day. Beautiful photos too!

  • I love french toast, but I think this would make it even better. I wonder if we could substitute fruits – maybe blueberries with a little lemon zest thrown in? Sounds like this weekend just got better. :)

  • duuuuude… I’m trying to lose weight over here, dangit! LOL Keep up the awesome eats, and I can’t wait to try this recipe on the hubby and kiddos!

  • I WILL be making this either Sunday or Monday morning for my boyfriend… making Sunday morning so we can actually enjoy it in bed. YUM I can’t wait!

  • Staci

    i’m definitely making this sunday morning! thank you so much for the idea! i’ve been making “pb&j” french toast for the hubby for the last few weeks and i’m starting to get sick of it. this should be a nice change.

  • Thanks, Annie! This was a fantastic Saturday Valentine’s breakfast for my husband and me while living abroad in Germany. Decadent, delicious, and so beautiful, too!

  • Liz

    I made this for breakfast this morning, and it is delicious!! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • Planning this for tomorrow morning, I seriously can’t wait. Can I have it for dinner tonight instead?!

  • Sarah

    Just made this for my hubby for breakfast! He had four huge slices! :) Success!

  • Kera

    I made these for breakfast yesterday morning and they were a huge hit with my husband! He gave it a 10 out of 10 and so do I. We topped ours with whipped cream – so so good! Thank you so much!

  • Tried this recipe out for breakfast and couldn’t be more pleased! The whole apartment smelled good while I was cooking them. We both love them and plan to make them again soon.

  • My husband got up early this morning and made these divine pieces of strawberry – french toast goodness. Thanks for the recipe. Yum!

  • I made these for breakfast this past Saturday and they were a huge hit! Thank you for such a delightful recipe!

  • Kristin

    What a fabulous breakfast! I felt compelled to post here since we loved this dish so much!

  • Linda

    I liked this recipe so much that I tried it again this morning with blackberries instead of the strawberries and it was fabulous! Thanks for all your ideas and hard work! Keep ’em coming!

  • Love your recipes Annie – I don’t comment frequently but read every day! I made the french toast this weekend but stuffed with a chocolate mascarpone mixture instead of strawberries. It was a big hit, so glad you shared this one :)

  • annabell

    I used this one today and it was great my kids loved it and wanted it for dinner too!

  • Jessica

    made this recipe this morning for my two fav. valentines – it was sooooo yummy!

  • Cykobear

    This looks amazing! Thank you for posting!

  • Susan

    I like to make this and use a mixture of half Marscapone and half Cream Cheese….just a little twist! :)