Colorado Christmas: Stuffed French Toast!

Hello, and welcome to another Colorado Christmas post!


Years ago, my family decided to do away with the big Christmas dinner. Nobody wanted to cook after we’d spent all morning opening presents. And besides, the meal itself was too much like Thanksgiving. Instead, we started a new tradition: Christmas Brunch. My daughter (the only child in the entire family) gets her Santa gifts first thing in the morning. She plays with those while the adults finish off the cooking (much of it having been completed the night before). Then we stuff ourselves with french toast, eggs, ham, coffee and mimosas. And then, when my kiddo can’t stand waiting another minute, we open the rest of our gifts.

Today, I thought I’d share my recipe for Stuffed French Toast. I know I’ve shared it before, but it’s worth sharing again. I’ve adapted this from a recipe in my favorite cookbook, Colorado Collage.

  • Giant loaf of French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1-2 8-ounce packages of cream cheese (original recipe calls for two, but I rarely use that much)
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 can pie filling (whichever type you prefer), or 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice

Grease 13×9 inch baking pan. Place half of the bread cubes evenly over the bottom of the pan. Spread softened cream cheese over bread (or, cut chilled cream cheese into cubes and scatter over the layer of bread). Top with the can of pie filling (my family prefers blueberry, but we’ve also used cherry and raspberry, and I’m sure it would be fabulous with peach) or fresh fruit. Arrange remaining bread cubes over the top.

In large bowl, combine eggs, milk and maple syrup. Whisk to blend. Pour evenly over bread in the baking dish. Cover with foil and chill overnight.

Preheat oven to 350°. Bake, covered with foil, for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking 30 minutes, or until puffed and golden brown. Serve with your favorite syrup.


Do you have any favorite holiday recipes? Share one (or just leave a comment) below, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for any ebook from my backlist. Also, be sure to check out the other stops on our tour for a chance to win more prizes. Yesterday’s post was at Carter Quinn’s blog, and tomorrow we’ll be at ML Rhodes’. You can see the entire schedule here. Also, be sure to stop by the Out in Colorado blog on the last day for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to your choice of ARe or Amazon.

Whatever you celebrate this season, I hope its full of joy and laughter.

Happy Holidays!

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12 Responses to Colorado Christmas: Stuffed French Toast!

  1. Marie Sexton says:

    I fully intended to comment on everybody’s comments, but somehow, these last few days just got away from me. I guess it’s the holidays getting in the way. At any rate, thanks so much to everybody who stopped by!

    I used, and the winner of the drawing is Aynde.

    Happy Holidays, everybody! :-)

  2. Michelle (MiMi) says:

    I love French Toast, though I usually go for a more savory than sweet version.
    This one sounds pretty awesome though.

  3. Aynde says:

    Every year I make the mother lode of Tamales. This year is the first year I haven’t done it. I’m trying to make it up to the family by making a pile of enchiladas for new years eve. :)

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  5. Aniko says:

    *sigh* I miss gluten and French Toast in particular. My Xmas day meal usually consists of good Camembert cheese, gluten free crackers, cherries and gluten free Xmas pudding with custard.

  6. Jbst says:

    What a decadent and delicious French toast recipe. No special breakfasts in my family, just whatever is easy and available in the kitchen.

  7. Antonia says:

    That sounds delicious! I’m definitely going to have to try that recipe soon. There are so many recipes I love at Christmas. Some of my favorites to make are for Italian Christmas cookies that have been made by my family for generations.

  8. Lara Brukz says:

    We do steak, eggs, and biscuits for Christmas brunch. I love not doing the traditional. Since I live in the south it’s still warm enough to grill those steaks to perfection :)

  9. Susan says:

    I make pizzelles, Italian holiday cookies, after having them with my Italian relatives back east when I was there for my MBA. They have now become a tradition among my family and friends here in white bread Utah.

  10. Andrea M says:

    I am drooling! It’s good that we can cut up the cream cheese. When I got to the spread over the bread part of the recipe, I almost gave up.

    This is definitely going to be a meal sometime very, very soon.

    Thank you!

  11. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    I’m live in England so no Thanksgiving so we have a roast Turkey with all the trimmings it’s meal we look forward to every year.

  12. Susan Press says:

    My favorite holiday meal, being I am Jewish, is potato pancakes. I don’t have the recipe with me but every family has their own. Happy holiday.