French toast is good, but this Honey Ricotta Stuffed French Toast is even better! It only looks and sounds fancy—you can whip this up in less than a half hour.
- 2/3 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup honey
- Zest from 1 medium lemon
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, for cooking
- 1 loaf French bread
- 1 pint fresh berries, such as blueberries or raspberries, for serving
- Syrup or honey, for serving
- Powdered sugar, for serving
1 Prepare the filling: In a small bowl stir together the ricotta cheese, honey, and lemon zest. Set aside.
2 Prepare the custard: In a wide dish, stir together eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt. Set aside.
3 Slice the bread: Use a serrated knife to slice 4 large pieces (at least 1 1/2-inches thick) from the middle of the loaf of French bread, where the slices will be larger. Cut the loaf at an angle to make larger pieces. Don’t use the ends of the loaf, as they are too small.
When you have your four thick pieces of bread, use a small serrated knife (such as a steak knife) to make a deep slit right in the middle of each slice to form a pocket going almost the full length of the slice. Try to avoid tearing holes in the bread, but it's ok if you do.
4 Stuff the slices: Divide the ricotta filling among the four pieces of bread. You should be able to get about 1/4 cup of filling in each piece. It’s okay if some overflows. Use a small spoon to help fill the slices without making too much of a mess.
5 Make the French toast: In a large griddle or flat-bottomed skillet, melt butter over medium heat. When pan is ready, dip each piece of stuffed French toast into the custard mixture and coat well on all sides.
Move the bread straight to the hot griddle or skillet. Cook the French toast for 3 to 4 minutes per side until both are nicely browned and have a firm crust. Sear the edges of the French toast as well to make sure they are cooked.
6 Serving the French toast: Cut each piece of stuffed French toast in half and serve each person two halves drizzled with syrup or honey and dusted with powdered sugar. I like a big handful of berries on each piece as well. Serve while warm.
Leftovers don’t keep well. The pieces get soggy. So only make as many as you plan to serve!