Strawberry & Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Guys were having Shake N Bake pork chops last night and I am not a fan, so took advantage of being able to make myself French Toast for dinner.   Found some frozen strawberries that were left from picking this summer and we have an overabundance of cream cheese at the moment.     

Totally hit the spot!

                     
* Exported from MasterCook *

              Strawberry & Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast


  6             slices  day old Italian bread
  2             ounces  cream cheese -- softened
     1/2           cup  frozen sliced strawberries -- drain, reserve liquid
  1              large  egg
  2        tablespoons  sugar
                        splash milk
  1           teaspoon  vanilla
                        butter -- for skillet
                        real NH maple syrup
                        powdered sugar -- if desired

Spread bread with softened cream cheese.  Top 3 slices with drained strawberries.    Put lids on top, press slightly.  

Combine egg, sugar, milk and vanilla in a shallow pan.    Preheat griddle pan over medium heat, add butter and spread to coat surface.   

Dip assembled french toast into egg, letting each side soak a little.    Place onto skillet and cook until golden brown.  Flip and cook the other side.   Remove to serving plate.

In a small bowl, combine maple syrup with some of the reserved strawberry liquid (to taste).  Drizzle over french toast.    Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

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