This was by far and away the BEST french toast I've ever had. I can't think of anything that would have made it better. Except maybe a mimosa and a slice of bacon on the plate, but ... one can't have everything. I had a big cuppa home roasted coffee and that was enough.
The original recipe can be found HERE. My version is below.
Fat and Fruity French Toast
* 1 loaf Chompie's Kosher Challah
* Strawberry jam
* 4 oz. Cream cheese
* 1 cup whipped topping
* 1 tbsp sugar
* 1 tsp orange extract
* 1 tbsp butter
* 6 large eggs
* 1/4 cup milk
* 1 cup sliced strawberries
NOTE: If you can't find the Chompie's Challah, you could substitute King's Hawaiian Bread. An unsliced loaf of french bread will do in a pinch, but Chompie's and King's breads are both slightly sweet, and IMO, the best choice.
Slice the bread into 2 to 3-inch thick pieces. Then slice horizontally down the center of each piece, almost to the bottom. Don't slice clean through, but leave bread attached at the base. This is pretty easy to do with the Challah.
Mix together the cream cheese, whipped topping, sugar and orange extract in a bowl until creamy. Separate out about 1/4 of the mixture for topping later.
Open the bread section and spread a thick layer of strawberry jam on one side, cream cheese mixture on the other. Press sides together, making a cream cheese / jam sandwich.
In a frying pan, melt butter. In a large bowl, beat eggs together with the milk. If you're using french bread, you might want to add a little amaretto extract to flavor the egg mixtures. Dip the sections of bread into the egg, thoroughly coating each side. Place into the frying pan and brown on each side.
I also tipped the sections up on end to brown the sides a bit.
Serve with a dollop of cream cheese topping and strawberries. Trust me, syrup is not necessary. :)