Merry Christmas Everyone!
The Holidays are filled with family, love, and food. The night before Christmas everyone is scrambling to wrap last minute gifts, and the moms are usually in the kitchen preparing for their Christmas Holiday feast. While Christmas dinner is my favorite second to Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas brunch has to be my favorite all the way around.
I love the idea of having brunch on Christmas Day. As a kid I can remember waking up on Christmas morning to my mom in the kitchen making the most delicious breakfast ever for us to enjoy after we finished unwrapping our gifts. When I got older, one of my favorite dishes to contribute to our Christmas brunch was french toast! But you can’t just serve plain old french toast on Christmas Day; so to elevate it I use challah bread and stuff it with strawberry jam and marscapone cheese! Here is my recipe for my Christmas Brunch Holiday French Toast!
Christmas Brunch Holiday French Toast
1 Loaf of Challah Bread
4 tablespoons of strawberry jam
4 oz marscapone cheese, room temperature
1 package of strawberries
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup of whole milk
2 tablespoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 tablespoons of butter
Heat a skillet over medium high heat.
Slice your challah bread into slices that are about 3 inches wide. Then go back with your knife and cut into the slices halfway in the center to make a pocket. This is where the filling is going to go. Make sure not to slice all the way through the bread.
Wash and slice your strawberries into slices. Place in a bowl and sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar over the strawberries and mix together. Let the strawberries sit in the bowl, covered with plastic wrap for about 15 minutes.
In another bowl, combine the marscapone cheese and the 3 tablespoons of strawberry jam and mix until the consistency is smooth. (BTW you can use any kind of fruit preserve and fruit you want for this recipe, totally interchangeable strawberries just happen to be my favorite).
In another bowl, break your eggs and add your milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg and whisk together.
Take the marscapone and jam mixture and put it into the pocket of the bread. Then take some of the strawberry slices and also place in the pocket of the bread. Once stuffed, press the slice together to make a seal. (Don’t press to hard)
Now, you are ready to dip the slices in the egg mixture. Make sure that both sides of the bread are completely covered in the egg mixture. Sometimes I like to let the bread sit in the mixture for 10 minutes on each side, so the slices are fully saturated.
Add your 2 tablespoons of butter to your skillet, and once melted add the bread to the skillet and cook on each side about 4 minutes, until both sides are golden brown.
Garnish with your remaining strawberry slices, powdered sugar, and whipped cream to make it extra decadent For some texture you can also add some almonds, or any type of nut you like. Enjoy (: and Happy Holidays!