Stuffed French Toast with Gingerbread Praline Sauce: A Christmas Breakfast

A warm and spiced breakfast just waiting to awaken your senses Christmas morning, with you surrounded by family and a plate piled high with cardamom cream stuffed French toast swimming in gingerbread praline sauce.

The gifts already sit under the tree, wrapped and calling to the kids. Only the stockings have yet to be filled. For the first three days they squealed and sorted the piles into the ones with their names. They added bows to the tops from the stash in the wrapping box. Then they wrapped the gifts for their cousins and their grandparents and added them to the pile, sweetly writing the “to” and “love” portions of the homemade labels on each gift and imagining the delight the recipient would show as they opened the packaging.

Our Christmas morning at home traditionally takes place on Christmas Eve before heading out to run from one family event to another, sweeping in, staying a while and then taking off for the next one. The kids will be covered in kisses and gifted presents and offered sweet treats at each house, and yet, at the heart of it all is something more.

For Christmas, whether you head to church, to family or the theater, I hope you have the chance to share it with those you love. To give of yourself, and to receive fully. And if Christmas isn’t what you are celebrating this season, the same holds true. A good, warm breakfast shared with those closest to you can be one of the best gifts of the year.

If gingerbread flavor isn’t your thing, you can just omit the spices from the praline sauce.

For the Gingerbread Praline Sauce:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons molasses
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lime juice
1/3 cup chopped pecans

For the French Toast:
1 loaf crusty, day-old bread (like challah, a crusty french loaf or brioche)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
butter for grilling

Make the gingerbread praline sauce: In a saucepan melt the butter over medium heat. Add in brown sugar and molasses and heat until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in the cream slowly. Stir in fresh ginger, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Continue cooking over medium heat, stirring frequently, 8-10 minutes until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and lime juice. Mix in pecans. Serve warm over french toast.

Slice the loaf of crusty bread lengthwise, making a 1-1/2″ slit along the side. In a small bowl, blend together cream cheese, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and cardamom until well mixed. Spread the cream cheese evenly in the slit in the bread. Cut the bread into 1″-thick slices.

Preheat a griddle to 375º F and oven to 275º F. In a shallow bowl or plate, beat together eggs, milk, brown sugar, remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla and salt. Soak bread on both sides in the egg mixture. Lightly butter griddle or pan. Place soaked bread slices on the preheated griddle and cook for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Flip and repeat on the next side. Move toast to a baking sheet and store in a warm oven for 5-10 minutes while you finish the remaining pieces of bread. Serve warm with the gingerbread praline sauce.


Makes 12-15 pieces of French toast.

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Comments

  1. wow, this sounds phenomenal!

  2. I love this post, Shaina. So Christmasey, and comforting and TRUE. I hope you enjoy the time with your family.

    The french toast looks so fab!!! Amazing.

  3. Oh good gracious, I love this!

  4. I have only ever done stuffed french toast with fruit… your recipe sorta kicks fruit in the butt. In a good butt kickin way of course. :)

  5. Shaina, this looks so beautiful. I love that plate too! I hope that your Christmas is filled with love and laughter and health in the new year. Most importantly health!

  6. Gosh, this looks totally divine! Drooling.

    Hope y’all have a wonderful holiday! Miss you!

    Merry Christmas!

  7. My oh my! That sauce on top looks fab-u-lous!

  8. What a delicious and indulgent recipe – just like Christmas morning breakfast should be!

  9. I want to have breakfast at your house:)

  10. This look so awesome!!

  11. look delicious!

  12. I love this Shaina! They look delicious and it’s perfect for a holiday breakfast. :)

  13. Have a fabulous time with your family and friends. Love the breakfast.

  14. Wow, the gingerbread praline sauce sounds to die for!

  15. I want to dive into that sauce and swim around in it.

  16. That Gingerbread Praline Sauce looks unbelievably decadent and delicious! Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  17. That is exquisite. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family. xo

  18. This looks like the perfect Christmas morning breakfast! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, Shaina!

  19. Ummm…wow.

  20. I have been drooling over this bad boy all week!Scrumptious is not a good enough word. xoxo

  21. Incredible. Gorgeous photos and food. Lucky family! Merry Christmas, Shaina! There is definitely magic in the air! Best wishes for a prosperous and dream filled 2012!
    :)
    XO
    valerie

  22. Such a great breakfast & special for Christmas morning. Happy holidays to you and yours…agreed, the best gift of all is being with our loved ones in great health.

  23. Its really fabulous to get amazing recipe, now I can add a new delight in a breakfast for my kids…I’m sure they will definitely like it…its awesome!!!
    Merry Christmas, Shaina!

  24. This kind of recipe are really fabulous..I want to try this..It looks so yummy while looking at the photo..

  25. This looks like it would be great to serve for a nice brunch…thanks.

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  27. Would you judge me if I made the sauce for ice cream?! THIS LOOKS LIKE HEAVEN!!! Hope you had a merry Christmas!!!

  28. Beautiful! And I’m totally digging sweetsugarbelle’s ice cream idea, too! Hope you had a very merry Christmas – and here’s to a Happy New Year!!

  29. Beautiful post, Shaina! (and beautiful french toast!!!)

    I hope you and your adorable family had a very merry Christmas! Happy 2012!!!

  30. Love this post! I guess I am a few weeks late, but I’m thinking this would make the perfect January 7th breakfast, right??

  31. This looks perfect! Must try!

  32. What an amazing recipe. I shared it on pinterest too – looks too perfect to eat…but I’m willing to give it a try!

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