The Kitchn: This lemony stuffed French toast is the stuff dreams are made of
Nothing screams springtime quite like a bright, celebratory brunch punctuated with lemon, and this stuffed French toast is just that. Fluffy, custard-like slices of brioche or challah get filled with creamy ricotta cheese flavored with fresh lemon juice and zest, and then get toasted in butter until golden-brown. It’s the classic French toast you know and love, only amped up with a decadent center that makes it fit for a celebration.
How do you stuff French toast?
Stuffing French toast is a lot easier than it sounds. You’ll start by slicing your bread a bit thicker than you normally would for typical French toast. (Slices that are about two inches thick are ideal.) You’ll then create a horizontal slit across the bottom of each slice of bread, making sure you don’t accidentally slice the bread all the way through to the other side. Then just press down in the centers of each toast to compress the bread slightly and create pockets, and fill them with whatever filling your heart desires (in this case, a lightly sweetened ricotta mixture punched up with fresh lemon zest and juice). It’s that easy!
Tips for making the best stuffed French toast
Before you head into the kitchen to make this recipe, keep these tips in mind:
Lemon Ricotta Stuffed French Toast
Serves 4 to 6
1 (about 1-pound) loaf unsliced brioche or challah bread
1 large lemon
1 (15- to 16-ounce) container ricotta cheese (about 2 cups)