Breakfast Stout French Toast with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1/2 cup breakfast stout (can substitute with double stout, milk stout or chocolate stout)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 Tbsp melted butter
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract (for a pumpkin variation, add 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree and 1/2 tsp cinnamon; skip the vanilla extract).
Bourbon Cream Cheese Filling
- 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 ounces bourbon (can substitute with vanilla extract, pumpkin puree, or stout)
- 1/4 tsp salt
Toast and Toppings
- 1 loaf braided challah bread cut into 1 1/2" slices
- butter for cooking
- maple syrup
- chocolate chips, blueberries, or blackberries to garnish
Cream Cheese Filling
- Beat cream cheese, butter and salt in a stand mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add bourbon and mix until well combined.
- Reduce speed to low; add 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and mix until fully incorporated.
- If mixture feels a bit loose or if a sweeter filling is desired, add an additional tablespoon of powdered sugar at a time until a spreadable frosting consistency is reached.
If preparing in advance, or if there happens to be leftovers, cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Breakfast Stout French Toast
- Create a pocket in each slice of bread by using a paring knife to cut horizontally into the bottom or side crust.
- Carefully fill each bread pocket with 2 tablespoons or so of cream cheese filling. I like to use a pastry bag or ziploc with the corner cut off, but a butter knife also works well.
- In a baking dish or pie pan, thoroughly whisk together all batter ingredients. Place each slice in egg batter, allowing to soak for 10 seconds per side.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large, heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, place prepared slices into skillet to brown.
- Cook 4 to 5 minutes per side, adjusting heat as needed, until golden brown. Transfer to a baking sheet in a 200ºF oven to keep warm while cooking remaining slices.
Serve warm, topped with maple syrup and berries, alongside a breakfast stout.
*Recipe courtesy of Heather Lewis via craftbeer.com