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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Stuffed French Toast with Fresh Strawberry Syrup

Big Thanks to Janelle over at Not Just Leftovers for posting her stuffed french toast recipe this week you can find that here. I made this for the boys this morning. I didn't have flavored cream cheese, so I used regular mixed with strawberry preserves and some fresh diced strawberries.

To top the french toast, since I had extra strawberries, I scaled this down a bit and made this recipe from Emeril ( I used about 1T of orange marmalade instead of zest)

Fresh Strawberry Syrup:
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and diced, or thawed frozen unsweetened strawberries (about 3 cups)
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest

In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until the strawberries are soft and the syrup is thickened and reduced by one-third to one-half in volume, 15 to 18 minutes.

Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature before serving. (If thinner syrup is desired, strain the hot syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a clean container and let cool.)

I tried to take a picture for you but I couldn't get the right angle for it with my phone camera---the good camera is upstairs somewhere and hubby's sleeping. But YUMMO YUM YUM. My 6 year old rates things with thumbs up or thumbs down--this morning after eating, he shot out one thumb, then another thumb, then a foot, etc...apparently he gave this all body parts up! LOL. Thanks for the inspiration, Janelle!


Janelle said...

I love it!!!!! My flavored cream cheese was actually made, too - with chopped berries and powdered sugar. I'll have to try it with a fancy syrup next time. Thanks for the mention! Glad everyone enjoyed it!

Michelle said...

I used a little regular sugar in my cream cheese, but was thinking next time I might try the powdered. Great idea--and thanks again for the recipe! I think this one's going to be a keeper! (an occasional keeper--mommy can't afford the calories LOL)