Dec 24, 2012

Ham and Cheese Stuffed French Toast

If I ever were to celebrate Christmas with a breakfast or brunch, which I don't, something like this ham and cheese stuffed french toast would surely be on the menu.
French toast is for me a very rare occasion kind of thing. It seems like an overload, but in the end it's all a matter of making a small sandwich and eating a normal portion. Moderation people.

I had this wonderful pulla that was going a bit stale. I knew this was a great bread, but it exceeded my expectations. It is easy to make, absolutely delicious with a wonderful crumb and can be used for so many things, from cinnamon or orange rolls, to little sandwich breads, to french toast or bread pudding.

I especially like the combination of a slightly sweet dough filled with ham and cheese. It just works. This Pizza Rustica, which is not a pizza but a pie, is a good example too.
So this french toast was born, drizzled with a lot of maply syrup, just because I like it that way.

To everyone celebrating today, have a wonderful and merry Christmas in company of your loved ones. 
My thoughts are with those who won´t have a happy day, not today or tomorrow. May peace find you and ease the pain.


4 slices sweet egg bread, such as pulla or challah
4 slices smoked ham
2 thick slices mozzarella
1 egg
1 Tbs whole milk
1 Tbs butter
Maple syrup, to serve

Put bread on a cutting board. Top one slice with 2 slices of ham and 1 slice of cheese. Top with another slice and press down a bit. Repeat with the rest of the bread, ham and cheese.
In a shallow bowl, lightly beat egg with milk. Season with some salt. Add sandwiches to the egg mixture, 1 minute on each side, so they soak up the egg and milk.
Preheat skillet and add 1 Tbs butter. Add both sandwiches and cook over low heat until golden and cheese is beginning to melt.
Serve with maple syrup.
Makes 2 servings.


  1. This is seriously making my mouth water and I would definitely have this for a Christmas breakfast if I thought I could fit it in with all the other Christmas day goodies...perhaps on New Years after a good NYE!!! :-)

  2. I can imagine this for my New Year brunch ;-)) It looks delicious and soul-satisfying!
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Querida paula: estoy encanta de conocerte. Tu bocado saldo es perfecto para el brunch del 25.
    Qué disfrutes de una santa Navidad junto al afecto de tus seres más queridos.
    ¡Felices Fiestas!

  4. They look utterly gorgeous and a good way to use up Christmas ham and cheese:-)

  5. Look at all that amazing food and photos!

  6. Now THAT is my kind of French toast! Merry Christmas!

  7. Yum this looks amazing! I love the combination of flavors! Merry Christmas!

  8. Merry Xmas Paula!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

  9. Feliz y santa Navidad! Your French toast sounds amazing - a bit like a Croque Madame or Monsieur but much better because of your sweet bread! I am about to make French toast with panettone, a fairly recent Christmas tradition for us! Christmas hugs, David

  10. Mmm I don't know if could post my message, so here it goes again: Merrryyy Christmass!!!

  11. Very cool recipe. I like what you said about small portions and moderation lol. Definitely not easy to do during the holidays :)

  12. All of that melty cheese has my mouth watering. Looks like a worthwhile indulgence for sure!

  13. This looks fantastic...I LOVE sweet-and-savory combinations...this one looks so delicious!

  14. A most lovely recipe for an indulgent brunch! (Could this pass for a quick weeknight dinner? LOL ) Good bread should not be wasted and your recipe for ham and cheese stuffed French Toast is a most splendid idea! Wishing you a delicious holiday season!

  15. This would be perfect breakfast for cold winter morning :) my mom used to make something similar when I was little.

  16. OH EM GEE!!! Paula, can I move in with you? I think I might die in the scorching heat but it would be worth it if I could eat your insanely delicious food. This sandwich is so decadent and gorgeous, all crispy on the outside but gooey on the inside with that melted cheese, and that perfect salty sweet combo. I'm drooling - it's 9am and I'm salivating all over my keyboard ;)


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