If you love it when sweet meets spicy, then this baked jalapeno blackberry stuffed french toast is for you! A fun, fast, and easy weekend breakfast recipe.
On the weekends, I am ALL about breakfast. But also . . . the easier the breakfast, the better, because I am also about sleeping in a smidge. 😉
I had started having mad cravings for stuffed french toast, and happened to have a jar of jalapeno blackberry preserves that my sweet Mom had sent me in a care package. (Yes, I’m 32 and married and have a house and still get care packages from Mom. I LOVE them.)
Our family has always been 100% in support of mixing your sweet and your spicy. (Check out snickerdiablos – our spicy chocolate take on a snickerdoodle.)
Thus . . . French toast + fresh blackberries + jalapeno blackberry jam + roasted fresh jalapenos = breakfast of the year. You can definitely fry this up in some butter, but because of the aforementioned penchant for easy breakfast recipes, I went for a french toast bake. (I can’t help it. Casseroles are in my mountain western blood.)
You may be tempted to skip the whipped cream cheese cream, but please don’t. It is the completer piece for your breakfast and offers a sweet, slightly tangy, creamy cooler in case you get any extra spicy jalapenos. 😉
I drizzled the pictured French toast with maple syrup, but keep in mind that the jam will already keep make your French toast bake pretty sweet! So I’d either go light on the maple syrup or try it without, first!
Stuffed French Toast Tips
If you’re using a bread that will hold up to soaking like challah or brioche (i.e., more dense than fluffy), then I would soak the bread at least an hour. The goal is to let the egg/milk mixture saturate the bread in order to achieve that custard-like texture.
Be patient baking it! The bread should be dry to the touch and the edges should be starting to brown. If the tops start browning before the eggy bread has finished cooking, then tent some aluminum foil over the top of the baking dish.
You can easily just make a couple slices of this same French toast or fry it up in the traditional manner! I think it’s better to cook French toast in butter (as opposed to oil), so after soaking the toast in the egg mixture, fry it up in a melted 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat until the toast starts to brown. Fry the thinly sliced jalapeno off to the side in the butter and throw it on top of your French toast when it’s done!
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