French Toast with Raspberry, Dulce de Leche and Cream Cheese

French Toast with Raspberry, Dulce de Leche and Cream Cheese

by Holly on May 16, 2011

I can’t believe it is already time again for another round of the Secret Recipe Club! That month went fast! This time around I was assigned Brandy, the Nutmeg Nanny‘s blog, and couldn’t have been happier. She makes the kinds of things I love to make and eat so the difficult choice was actually settling on one thing to feature.

On her blog she has a recipe called The Bianca. Intriguing, no?

Of course I had to find out what that was and it turns out it is a dessert grilled cheese sandwich that is layered with raspberry jam, dulce de leche and mascarpone cheese. It sounded different and absolutely heavenly and my first thought was that it must be french toast. I read more closely then and found that it is actually just the grilled bread, but that Brandy thought it would make fantastic french toast too. I decided that would have to be the way to go for me.

I didn’t have any mascarpone cheese on hand, orย dulce de leche for that matter, or bread actually, so when I wanted to plan and make this recipe I had to plan ahead a little bit. I’ve been playing around with different bread recipes trying to find one I love that would perfectly substitute the store bought sandwich loaf that my boys prefer. ย I just can’t justify the cost of store bought when I can make it at home. Seriously, they are charging almost $4 a loaf for the brand we usually buy (a local company even) and it is ridiculous – we’re not talking some crazy good artisan bread here so I’m working it out of our lives. The loaf I used to make this bread is *almost* perfect so once I’ve really tweaked and perfected it I will let you know.

Anyway, I decided to use regular cream cheese instead of the mascarpone, just because it was handy and I alway have it. I also lived dangerously and boiled a can of sweetened condensed milk in a large, water filled pot for about 4 hours to make my dulce de leche. I know there are stories out there about cans exploding, but I’ve never had any problem at all and was feeling somewhat lazy. It worked just fine as usual, but you can also easily buy a can of dulce de leche in your market’s Latin section. It is a wonderful thing to keep on hand.

As for my jam I used a seedless, black raspberry that I love.

I have to tell you, I didn’t know what to expect from this recipe… and now I don’t know how I’ll ever eat french toast with just syrup again. The only thing I can think of to say about this was that it definitely rivals the Nutella stuffed french toast I posted not long ago in being a really special treat and ridiculously delicious.

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Barbara Bakes May 16, 2011 at 8:39 am

I’m not sure if this would be better for breakfast or dessert. It looks fabulous!

Jennifer (Savor) May 16, 2011 at 9:20 am

Thrilled to have taken part in SRC with you and discovered new blogs!

Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies May 16, 2011 at 10:06 am

Oh boy, now THAT is french toast at its finest. It looks utterly decadent so it must be as good as it gets.

Dana May 16, 2011 at 11:19 am

This looks SO amazing. The idea of adding cream cheese to french toast and berries is mouthwatering!

sara May 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Um, WOW. This looks amazing! I adore decadent stuffed French toast, and this version sounds so so yummy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Shumaila May 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

ok..I love dulce de leche, love cream cheese, love raspberries, love french toast…bottom line- I love this dessert/breakfast- what do I call it??

Kristen May 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Wow! That is fantastic looking French toast. I am just imagining how rich and delicious it was.

Nutmeg Nanny May 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Wow! this looks amazing! Thank you so much for trying out a recipe from my site ๐Ÿ™‚

Shelby May 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Wow, this looks absolutely YUMMY!!! French toast has always been a favorite of mine…and the caramel and raspberries put it over the top for me!

cooking rookie May 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I’m glad to see that you are also a Secret Recipe Club member :-).
What a beautiful photo – instantly cought my attention! It must have been delicious!

Jeanette May 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Wow, your french toast came out amazing! Great idea substituting cream cheese for mascarpone cheese, and making your own dulce de leche!

Amanda May 16, 2011 at 8:48 pm

This looks so amazing I can’t even tell you! I couldn’t imagine eating regular French toast again either ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for playing along again this month!

Tessa May 17, 2011 at 12:55 am

This looks totally decadent but absolutely worth it. Wow. Love the idea and your photography of it is gorgeous!

Katrina May 17, 2011 at 5:16 am

Wow, that looks like some amazing French toast! Awesome photos and I’m sure it taste de-lish! Glad your in the SRC!

Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) May 17, 2011 at 7:16 am

Uhh WOW! I’ve never eaten a stuffed french toast, this looks gorgeous. Will try it tomorrow!

Heather Davis May 17, 2011 at 11:36 am

I can see why you would never go back to just syrup after that combo! Sounds divine. I love boiling condensed milk to make dulce de leche. So much more exciting then just buying it. So glad I discovered your blog too!

Tami May 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Sinfully delicious. I will be giving this recipe a try soon!

Barbara | Creative Culinary May 17, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I already love stuffed French toast; especially when I’m having company but this takes it over the top even more with that dulce de leche. As I may often say but with meaning each and every time…Oh My YUM!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather May 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm

What a masterpiece! I’d want that for breakfast any day.

Delishhh May 17, 2011 at 10:54 pm

OH sooo good. Love hopping around to see what everyone made. Nice work!

Deeba May 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

This is screaming eat me Phemom! Ah-mazing and ever so delicious. What a great pick for the SRC!

carrie June 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Wow that french toast looks extra decadent. I’ve gotta make this for my husband this weekend. I think he’ll like it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Florida Life September 4, 2011 at 7:56 pm

This sounds amazing! Everytime I get a chance to go to Miami, I have to get something with dulce de leche. To pair that with French Toast and cream cheese makes me hungry.

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