This dish took me about 20 minutes to put together the morning I made it. For something this fancy, that's not too bad, is it?
French or Italian bread
After that, finely chop up the strawberries, so that they can eventually easily pass through a zip top bag, with a hole cut in the corner.
To the softened cream cheese, add the strawberry jam, and mix those in a separate bowl, so that they are well combined. Again, it doesn't have to be perfect, just well mixed. Once your strawberries are finely cut up, add them in, along with the sugar. I only needed to add in 1 Tbs of sugar, since these berries were pretty sweet.
The sugar will draw out a lot of the liquid of the strawberries, but that's fine. Put this mixture into the fridge to set up overnight. Sweet dreams!
Pull the strawberry mixture out of the fridge, to come to room temp for a few minutes, while you turn your attention to the bread. Slice off about 2" pieces, and very carefully, cut a pocket into each slice, without cutting all of the way through the middle. I usually take a paring knife, and carefully sweep it through, starting in the middle of the piece of bread. It sounds a little complicated, but it actually is very simple.
Transfer your strawberry mixture to a zip top bag, and cut off one corner. Insert the bag into the sliced bread, and squeeze out 1-2 Tbs; it doesn't have to be pretty, you won't even really notice it after the French toast has cooked. Carefully set the stuffed pieces aside, until everything has been stuffed.
Once everything has been stuffed, dip both sides into the egg mixture; I like to let my bread soak for about 2-3 minutes, per side.
I like to cook my French toast on my electric griddle set to 350*, but if you're using a traditional skillet, just cook over medium heat. I put about 1 Tbs of butter down for each piece of bread, let it get mostly melted, then carefully lay a piece of bread down on top of the butter.
I let these cook for about 3-5 minutes per side, flipping once they are a lovely golden brown.
Oh my, how good does that look?? Very. I know. Once you have all of your toast cooked up, serve them with a light dusting of powdered sugar, and some freshly sliced strawberries, and enjoy! Yum!