French Toast Extraordinaire

"This recipe is from Executive Chef Joshua Schwartz of The French Laundry in Yountville, California; one of the best restaurants in the United States (voted #3 in the world). I could not find tomato jam the first time I made the recipe and used seedless raspberry jam, it was outstanding. When I happened upon a jar of tomato jam at a specialty store, I remembered this recipe and purchased it….again outstanding! I guess there is a reason he is one of the top chefs in the world. Note: Adjust milk as needed as different types of bread absorb more or less. I start out with half the mixture and add as needed."
 
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Ready In:
30mins
Ingredients:
13
Serves:
6
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directions

  • Make cream cheese and jam sandwiches.
  • For batter, beat together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt and nutmeg; Fold in lemon juice, sugar and ginger.
  • On griddle or non-stick pan melt butter.
  • Dip the top and bottom of the sandwiches in batter and pan fry until golden brown on each side, just like you would when making french toast.
  • Remove from heat and cut sandwiches in half.
  • Arrange on plate with favorite fruit accompanied with sausage or bacon or perhaps ham.

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  1. lifeoutsidezebox
    The french toast came out very very soggy, and everything kept falling apart. If you make it, try to only use a little jam and a little cream cheese, and be prepared for it to fall apart. Try not to soak it too long - just the outside, so the "sandwich" doesn't become a soggy nasty mess.
     
  2. amylou2
    My DH is in love with stuffed French toast from IHOP -- I have been looking for a recipe that is similar and this one came pretty close! Both he and I enjoyed it! I used regular white bread instead of the french bread suggested and it did not hold up well. Next time I will use a thicker slice of bread as the recipe indicates! Great recipe, thanks for posting!!
     
  3. QueenQT26
    Mmmmmm...yummy!! I halved this recipe and it turned out so great! I made it for Christmas brunch this morning, and everyone loved it! I used Texas Toast for the bread, and used grape jelly instead of tomato jam. Also used 1/2 soy milk, 1/2 skim milk. I switched it up and made two of the sandwiches with lite strawberry cream chees, and the other one with lite regular cream cheese. Thanks!! :-)
     
  4. ceruleanseven
    Great recipe! I made it this today on a snowy December morning and it really hit the spot. I used raspberry jam as well and I halved the recipe (since there is only two of us!). Thank you!
     
  5. Gerry
    Excellent! This makes for a perfect addition to a brunch menu. Looks decadent and tastes great! I didn't manage to find tomato jam, used raspberry ... seeds and all ... loved every bite! We all loved this French Toast Extraordinaire, and have added it to my Brunch recipes. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.
     
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  1. amylou2
    My DH is in love with stuffed French toast from IHOP -- I have been looking for a recipe that is similar and this one came pretty close! Both he and I enjoyed it! I used regular white bread instead of the french bread suggested and it did not hold up well. Next time I will use a thicker slice of bread as the recipe indicates! Great recipe, thanks for posting!!
     
  2. QueenQT26
    Mmmmmm...yummy!! I halved this recipe and it turned out so great! I made it for Christmas brunch this morning, and everyone loved it! I used Texas Toast for the bread, and used grape jelly instead of tomato jam. Also used 1/2 soy milk, 1/2 skim milk. I switched it up and made two of the sandwiches with lite strawberry cream chees, and the other one with lite regular cream cheese. Thanks!! :-)
     
  3. aksingingbreeze
    Wonderrful! I use the french toast recipe part all the time even when I don't take the time to make the actual cream cheese filling. It has become a staple in our house! Sometimes we substitute orange juice for the lemon juice and that works well too.
     
  4. love4culinary
    This is such a remarkable recipe. I was looking for some major "comfort" food and this was just what I was in need of... food fit for a queen! I used challah for this, and used lingonberry instead of the tomato jam. I couldnt believe something so delicious was completed in so little time :) Thanks girl!
     

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