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Apricot Stuffed French Toast with Apricot Glaze

Scott Phillips

Servings: six.

Monterey Jack may seem like an odd addition to this sweet breakfast treat, but it’s not discernible in the creamy filling; instead, it adds dimension to the mild-flavored cream cheese and ricotta.


For the filling:

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta

For the French toast:

  • 6 slices (1-1/2 inches thick) cinnamon bread, challah, or other medium-textured loaf
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. corn oil

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4 cup brandy


Make the filling:

  • In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand mixer on high speed until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary, about 1 minutes. Beat in the apricot preserves. Gently stir in the Monterey Jack and ricotta until just combined.

Make the French toast:

  • Create a pocket in each slice of bread by inserting a sharp knife into the center of the top crust and then working the knife in both directions, cutting to within 3/4 inch of the sides and bottom (be careful not to puncture the sides).

    Squeeze the bread gently to part the opening. Spoon in 2 or 3 Tbs. of the prepared filling until the pocket is full but not bursting; the amount will depend on the size of the bread. Tap the bread on the counter to settle the filling. Wipe any extra filling from the opening with a clean paper towel.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs and cream. Dip each slice of stuffed bread into the egg mixture, soaking each side for about 1 minute to coat well and evenly. Stand the pieces upright in a baking dish and drizzle with any remaining egg mixture. Cover and refrigerate.

    When ready to serve, heat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet. In a large skillet, heat the butter and oil over medium-high heat until the butter is melted and foamy. Sauté as many pieces of French toast as will fit comfortably in the pan at one time, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 2 min. per side; the bread will puff up a bit. Continue with all pieces. Put the sautéed French toast on a greased baking sheet and bake until the filling is heated through, 6 to 8 minutes.

Make the glaze:

  • In a small saucepan, combine the preserves and brandy. Bring the mixture just to a boil. Remove from the heat. Serve warm over the French toast.


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  • bellaginger | 12/25/2014

    Delicious! The only bread I could find was a pecan raisin loaf which ended up being delicious. Filling was yummy, recipe was easy. Will make again next Christmas!

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