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Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

One 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup fruit jam, such as sour cherry

1/4 cup slivered almonds, plus for garnish

1 loaf challah bread 

4 eggs 

1 teaspoon almond extract 

1 tablespoon light brown sugar 

1 cup milk 

2 tablespoons butter 

Maple syrup, for serving 

Directions

  1. Preheat a cast-iron griddle over low heat; preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Combine the cream cheese, jam and slivered almonds in a small bowl and beat with an electric mixer.
  3. Slice the challah into 2-inch-thick slices. With a pairing knife, make a 1/2-inch horizontal slit in the bottom crust of each slice to form a pocket.
  4. Using a butter knife, fill each slice with some of the cream cheese mixture. Set aside.
  5. Whisk together the eggs, almond extract, brown sugar and milk in a large baking dish. Dip the stuffed challah slices into the egg mixture, turning to fully coat each slice.
  6. Increase the temperature on the preheated griddle to medium heat; add the butter, let it melt, and then place the stuffed and dipped challah onto the griddle. Cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a baking sheet fitted with a baking rack, and hold in the oven to keep warm. Serve with slivered almonds and maple syrup.