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This delicious Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast is the perfect breakfast or brunch recipe. Sweet challah bread is sliced, stuffed with cheesecake, and topped with glazed strawberries.
After a brunch date with my favorite Aunt, I decided that I needed to add this into my regular breakfast menu.
This star recipe is regularly requested from my family. Sweet, filling, and the perfect way to celebrate every day.
Stuffed French Toast
The BEST bread to use for French Toast:
- Challah – This beautiful braided bread is rich with flavor making it the perfect base for your french toast creations.
- White Chocolate Pecan – A quick trip to a local bakery made me realize that this is the king of breads. It is filled with sweet flavor that pairs amazingly with the cheesecake and strawberry topping.
- Brioche – This French bread is light and sweet. Slice it the night before and let it slightly dry for one amazing breakfast recipe!
- French Bread – When all else fails, grab a loaf of french bread. Thick slices will give you the perfect base for your breakfast.
One great thing about this recipe is that it is easily adaptable. If strawberries aren’t in season, or you prefer another flavor, you can swap it for another fruit. We have made it with blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries with great success!
Ingredients for copycat IHop Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast:
- Chopped strawberries
- Cream cheese
- Vanilla extract
- Heavy cream
- Orange zest
- Whipped cream
How to make Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed French Toast:
Combine strawberries and sugar in a medium saucepan. Stir and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Heat over medium heat until warm.
In a small bowl whisk cornstarch and water. Stir into your strawberry mixture and bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cook until just thickened. Remove from heat and set aside for later. This will be your strawberry topping.
Add cream cheese, vanilla extract, and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Whisk until fluffy making sure to scrape the sides once for even mixing. Spread a heaping spoonful between two slices of bread.
Whisk together eggs, cream, honey, and orange zest. Dip both sides of your sandwiched bread in the egg mixture and transfer to a heated skillet. Cook until golden on both sides.
Serve with the strawberry sauce and fresh whipped cream.