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Stuffed Cinnamon French Toast and Berries with Orange Cream Sauce

toast sandwich orange sauce fruit French toast  food photoWhat could be a better gift for Mom than Stuffed Cinnamon French Toast and Berries with Orange Cream Sauce served in bed?  Add a flower in a vase and coffee or tea, whichever is her favorite, and you have a memorable Mother’s Day. The Berries with Orange Cream Sauce was a post from 3 years ago that I updated for this special holiday.  It is easy enough that older children can make the day before if desired.  Just warm is slightly to bring it to room temperature before combining it with the fruit.    The Orange Cream Sauce is based upon the sauce I make for Crepes Suzette.

I actually thought of making the French toast with croissants but when I went shopping but then, I found this charming cinnamon bread and instantly changed my mind.  Lightly sweetened cream cheese  highlighted with a bit of orange zest to accentuate the sauce is an easy embellishment to plain French Toast.

To make the day perfect, don’t forget to clean the kitchen.  I can’t think of anything worse than having to clean up after such a wonderful treat.  Great job for the kids!

Berries with Orange Cream Sauce - please go to Berries with Orange Cream Sauce and combine 3/4 cup of each of the berries with the sauce.  Serve over the Stuffed Cinnamon French Toast.

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6 ounces cream cheese (1/3 less fat is fine), room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
16 slices cinnamon bread
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk, whole or 2%
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar or to taste
1 teaspoon vanilla
Butter as needed

Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and orange zest. toast sandwich orange sauce fruit French toast  food photo Mix completely. toast sandwich orange sauce fruit French toast  food photo Spread evenly on 8 slices of cinnamon bread.  toast sandwich orange sauce fruit French toast  food photoTop with remaining 8 slices of bread.  Set aside.

Whisk the eggs until completely blended.  toast sandwich orange sauce fruit French toast  food photoAdd the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine.  toast sandwich orange sauce fruit French toast  food photoDip each cinnamon bread sandwich into the mixture toast sandwich orange sauce fruit French toast  food photoon both sides toast sandwich orange sauce fruit French toast  food photoletting it sit in the egg mixture a couple of minutes on each side to soak in the liquid.  The time it sits in the mixture will depend upon how fast the bread soaks it up.  You don’t want the bread to disintegrate in the liquid.

Place a pat of butter into a non stick pan.  toast sandwich orange sauce fruit French toast  food photoHeat to melt but do not brown. toast sandwich orange sauce fruit French toast  food photoPlace sandwiches in the hot pan.  toast sandwich orange sauce fruit French toast  food photoSaute until golden; flip over toast sandwich orange sauce fruit French toast  food photoand sauté the other side.

Serve with the Berries with Orange Cream Sauce.

Serves 4 with 2 sandwiches per order.

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6 comments to Stuffed Cinnamon French Toast and Berries with Orange Cream Sauce

  • Hilda

    Helen: That nonstick pan is exquisite. It looks like it’s never been used! What’s your secret for keeping your pans so pristine, or do you buy new for every photo shoot? Oh yeah, the French toast looks great too. Moms, good luck getting someone to make you something this delicious to eat in bed on Sunday. Would it be crossing a line for me to forward this recipe to my kids?

    • Helen S. Fletcher

      Hi Hilda: you can forward this anywhere you want. I love to have my recipes shared. It is so easy, it’s ridiculous. As to the pans, Linda Behrends asked me the same question about a sauté pan once. They are both the original All Clad and has to be 30 years or more old. I saved and saved and bought one piece at a time. I love it. As to keeping it clean, Mike is a nut about my pots and pans. He spends all kind of time making sure they look perfect. Does the same with my half sheet pans! Thanks for commenting.

  • jaci

    Helen, Good morning! I just saw your segment on Great Day St Louis and this wonderful recipes. By Kent’s reaction this HAS to be great! Thank you for sharing and Happy Mother;s Day

    • Helen S. Fletcher

      Thanks so much Jaci. Kent was a hoot today. He usually likes whatever I do but I have never seen him like it THIS much. It was a lot of fun.

      And Happy Mother’s Day to you.

  • Sara

    This is such a great recipe. The cinnamon bread is genius! This sheds a whole new light on stuffed French toast. I’m having a bridal shower brunch and this will be perfect.

    Thank you so much for coming up with this and sharing it.

    I bought your book, The New Pastry Cook and was wondering if you will have any signings for your new book?

    • Helen S. Fletcher

      Hi Sara: Thank you so very much. Wait till you taste the Orange Cream Sauce. Remember you can do this ahead of time and just gently reheat the French toast and sauce. At this point, I have no signings scheduled but I will be teaching a class at Kitchen Conservatory on June 20th. I usually get there around 5:30. Also, try to get the cinnamon bread at Dierberg’s bakery. That is where I found it and it is perfect for this recipe. You might be interested in my new blog, Pastries Like a Pro which should be up in a matter of weeks. It is based on what I learned at the bakery – recipes, techniques, so much more. I will post a notice on this blog when it goes up.