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Homemade Strawberry-Stuffed French Toast

In the Mobile Soul kitchen, we’re always trying to figure out ways to use ingredients in different ways. So after making a batch of our strawberry cheesecake cookies for one of our favorite customers this past weekend, ideas of how the leftover strawberry topping swirled around in my mind. But not for long. I walked into the kitchen and saw the remainder of a challah loaf sitting in the breadbasket, and the strawberry topping’s fate was decided.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Granulated (white) sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Challah bread loaf
  • Coconut milk or almond or dairy (whole) milk
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon

Equipment you’ll need

  • Knife and cutting board
  • Small pot (for making the filling)
  • Masher or fork (optional, but mashing the fruit speeds up the process of making the filling)
  • Whisk
  • Shallow bowl or dish (to mix together eggs, milk, etc.)
  • Skillet or cast iron pan (for grilling french toast)
  • Metal spatula

How to make the strawberry sauce/filling

We like simplicity around here, and this is the easiest way we’ve found to make strawberry (and other fruit) sauces. A lot of recipes call for pectin, which is what makes the substance really thicken and stay together like jellies and jams from the store. This recipe simply combines the natural flavor of the fruit with a little sugar and water and boils everything together to thicken it. It will thicken even more as it cools.


  • 1 cup of chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • About 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice (optional, but recommended)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of water (if using fresh berries)


  • If using fresh berries, combine them with lemon juice and sugar in a small pot and bring to a boil. A teaspoon or so of water may be needed to keep the fruit from sticking and burning. Stir occasionally to keep the sauce from burning. When the sauce starts to thicken, lower the heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes or until all liquid has evaporated and the sauce is reduced by at least half. 
  • If using frozen berries, combine berries, lemon juice, and sugar in a small pot and bring them to a boil. No additional water will be needed. Cook until berries thaw and then mash them together with the sugar to a more even consistency. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for 15-20 minutes or until all liquid has evaporated and the sauce is reduced by at least half.
challah bread pieces with homemade strawberry jam filling

How to make strawberry-stuffed french toast

After making the strawberry filling, the process is very straightforward. Cut your bread slices between 1/2″ and 3/4″ thick. If you are using very large slices, you might want to cut them in half and stuff each slice instead of using two whole slices to make one stuffed french toast piece. You can either cut them in half then stuff and cook the slices or stuff and cook the whole pieces and then cut them in half. It’s completely up to you.

Once all of the pieces are cut and paired off, add a thick layer of jam to the center of one slice then top it with another piece of bread. Be sure to keep the filling away from the edges or it will make coating and cooking very messy. The jam will spread more when the french toast is being cooked so don’t worry if it doesn’t seem to fill out the slice evenly just yet.

Spread filling on each piece of bread and pair it with another piece that matches it (as closely as you can manage) so they make neat little sandwiches. Press gently to secure the sandwich and then the coating process begins.

This is where the familiar part of making french toast comes in. Combine milk, eggs, vanilla extract, sugars, and cinnamon in a shallow dish and carefully place each stuffed challah bread sandwich down into the mixture. Make sure to saturate both sides without soaking them to the point where they fall apart completely, about 8-10 seconds on each side.

Heat a skillet over medium heat and melt a tablespoon of butter in the pan. Add the french toast and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown. Don’t forget to either flip the french toast onto the cut side of the bread or push it up against the side of the pan to finish cooking.

Top with fresh berries, whipped cream, powdered sugar, honey, and/or syrup, then enjoy!

Other ways to stuff your french toast

Say you’re not a huge fan of strawberries. No biggie. Substitute the strawberry filling for any of the following and it will still make your day!

  • Raspberry, blackberry, or blueberry jam (store-bought or prepared in the same way as the strawberries above) + lavender extract/paste for a pleasant floral note
  • Fresh berries
  • Roasted sweet potato puree
  • Cookie butter
  • Marshmallow fluff and chocolate with graham cracker crumbles
  • Mascarpone cheese
  • Nuts or granola
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Peanut butter and bananas
  • Scrambled eggs, bacon & cheese
Strawberry stuffed french toast with fresh blueberries, powdered sugar & syrup

stack of strawberry jam-stuffed french toast with powdered sugar and syrup

Homemade Strawberry Jam-Stuffed French Toast

Fresh strawberry flavor popping out of every single bite of this moist, buttery french toast exterior.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: French Toast, Strawberries
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Lena B.
Cost: $20


  • Knife and cutting board
  • Small pot (for making jam)
  • Masher or fork
  • Whisk
  • Shallow bowl or dish
  • Skillet or cast iron pan (for grilling french toast)
  • Metal spatula


  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon white sugar
  • juice of ½ a lemon, about 1 Tablespoon
  • 1 loaf of challah, brioche, or milk bread, you will only need half, but you can make more of course
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 to 1½ cups milk, coconut milk, vanilla almond milk, or whole milk
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, or more white sugar, if you don't have brown
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 Tablespoon flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional
  • 2-3 Tablespoons unsalted butter


Making the jam

  • Combine strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar together in a small pot. If using fresh berries, add 1-2 teaspoons of water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl whisk together eggs, milk, sugars, cinnamon, flour, and vanilla.

Assembling french toast

  • Cut loaf into ½ to ¾" thick pieces then cut each slice in half. Add cooled strawberry jam to the center of half of the bread pieces then top with the other half to make small strawberry stuffed sandwiches.
  • In a large skillet or griddle over medium-low heat add butter to melt. Dip sandwiches in egg mixture, soaking each side for 8-10 seconds. Let excess egg mixture drip off “sandwiches”. Place in skillet or on a griddle and cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip over and cook an additional 4-5 minutes or until golden brown and crispy on each side. Cook the cut side of the sandwiches as well. Keep heat low to avoid burning.
  • Top with your desired garnishes (fresh berries, mint, powdered sugar, honey, syrup) and enjoy!


  • To keep this recipe warm until it’s ready to be served, just pop them onto a baking sheet, cover with foil and place into a 200º F oven.
  • The homemade strawberry jam can be substituted by or combined with any of your favorite jams, jellies, fresh fruit, cream cheese, granola, etc.


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