Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast Sandwich with Strawberry Topping

Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast recipe. Bananas and silky cream cheese melds with a fresh strawberry compote topping. Perfect Mother’s Day Brunch Recipe.

Food can be a piece of art. One that you usually enjoy just for seconds before partaking in the comforting nourishment. I’m obsessed with food photography, and after doing the photography for this recipe, I think I know why.

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I could literally just scroll through Pinterest or read through my favorite food blogs for hours, just enjoying beautiful pictures of food. Maybe that’s part of what drew me to food blogging; a way to take my design and photography background, and apply it to cooking and the food I love. I’m trying to write this post and I literally can’t stop staring at these Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast pictures.

Thank’s for bearing with me on this epiphany. Food truly is a beautiful thing, both the process of making it, and eating it as well. I hope you take the time enjoy the simple things like this we often take for granted.

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Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast recipe you ask? Oh yes, this is a beautiful thing as well. Take your favorite French Toast recipe (I provide one below) and stuff it with with a rich, creamy, sweet and savory filling. Aren’t they dreamy? This is life at it’s finest my friend. Food brings people to together, and believe me, this stuffed French Toast recipe will have people knocking at your door for brunch.

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Banana may be one of my favorite flavors in baking. Its subtle flavor always adds a cheerful undertone to any recipe. Mash bananas into silky cream cheese that melds with crispy French Toast. Top with a fresh strawberry compote, just because you can; and we want life to be beautiful, right?

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Cooking Tips: Caramelizing fruits

  • Heating bananas or other fruits brings out their sugars and increases flavors. You can pan cook, bake, roast or grill fruits and vegetables.
  • Some fruits with high sugar amounts, like apples and bananas, will caramelize and brown when they cook.

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Food Photography Tips

Each and every recipe on Plating Pixels has food photography and food styling tips. I hope home-cooks and food bloggers can learn valuable information from these.

I shot this in natural light at 1/80 sec, f/ 2.5, ISO 800 with a 50 mm macro lens. You’d be amazed how quickly powdered sugar dissolves over a moist strawberry compote topping. Like literally seconds, on a good day. Some food photography sessions require you to be quick. Weather it’s ice cream that melts or trying to catch hot steam (there’s tricks around that one), sometimes you have to be a master at setup. For this shot I used a tripod so the angle is the same, setup the plate, and got the camera settings perfectly dialed in. Then it was a matter of sprinkling powdered sugar on top and shooting multiple shots just as it lands.

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Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Topping

Products used in this recipe:

Victorinox Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set
3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set, Blue/Green/Yellow
Cuisinart 5-Speed Hand Mixer
Nonstick Jumbo Cookware with Glass Lid, 5-Quart

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Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Topping
Recipe type: French Toast
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Serves: 4 sandwiches
Banana Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast recipe. Bananas silky cream cheese that melds with crispy French Toast. Top with a fresh strawberry compote.
  • 2 medium ripe bananas, sliced (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 (8-ounce) package low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 8 slices French or whole-wheat bread (about ½-inch thick)
  • ⅔ cups evaporated milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  1. In large skillet or non-stick pan melt butter on medium heat. Add bananas and brown sugar, sauté until softened. Stir in 1-teaspoon vanilla and remove from heat.
  2. In medium bowl beat cream cheese until smooth. Add banana mixture and beat until combined. Evenly spread mixture on 4 slices of bread, and top with remaining bread.
  3. In a flat bowl whisk together milk, eggs, cinnamon and 1-teaspoon vanilla. Dip both sides of sandwiches to evenly coat. Melt remaining butter in large skillet or pan over medium heat. Toast sandwiches, 2-3 minutes per side, until cooked and golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile: Combine strawberries and sugar in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until soft and heated through. Spoon over French toast.

Do you like stuffed french toast recipes? Let me know your favorite brunch recipe ideas in the comments below. If you want more inspiration, check out my 20 Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes Roundup.

23 Responses

  1. Ok, so I am reading this at 10 o’clock at night and I am dying to try it — is it breakfast time yet??? Seriously, this french toast looks heavenly!!

    • Matthew says:

      You’re so kind April, thanks! Well you can technically have this for dessert, otherwise it’s something to look forward to. Hope you enjoy.

  2. Kelsey M says:

    I second April’s statement- I totally want this now! Why does it have to be time for bed??

    As a food blogger and avid eater (lol) I love food but I’m still working on the photography aspect. I was a fine arts major in college but didn’t take any photography classes and there certainly is a learning curve! Thanks for all your information about how you shot your images!

    • Matthew says:

      Hi Kelsey. I agree and could totally eat this anytime. I’m a self-taught food photographer and learned from books, other bloggers and lots of practice. It’s nice to get feedback on my food photography tips. I get them sometimes, and other times I wonder if it’s helping people. So I’ll keep at it. Thanks!

  3. can i use texas toast bread,instead of french or wheat.{ its thicker } ? I havent made it yet so i’ll wait to rate it ,but thank you so much for the recipe.

    • Matthew says:

      Hi Theresa. Thanks for the question. You could totally use a thicker bread. It’ll be a larger sandwich but there’s nothing wrong with that. I’d suggest cooking at a slightly lower temp for longer (even covered). This will be sure to heat it through without burning the outside.

  4. Ginny McMeans says:

    This is beautiful. What a great way to put together french toast.

  5. YES! Definitely my kind of breakfast…and lunch and dinner 😉

  6. cristina says:

    Your stuffed French toast is a work of art and beautifully captured – great lighting highlights off the strawberries and how well it goes with the dish you’ve plated on. 😉 I luv banana-whatevers and this would be a heavenly breakfast (or dessert) for me. Beautiful and delicious!

    • Matthew says:

      Thank you so much Cristina. I was super happy with the photography on this recipe and glad you like it too! It is heavenly and would be perfectly acceptable as both!

  7. My mouth is watering with this toast!! I just got done with dinner and I am craving breakfast!

  8. Wow this looks good! French toast done right.

  9. I love your thoughts on food photography. I know that on the rare occasion that I manage a stellar photo, I can’t help but keep going back to look at it. 🙂 That being said, the French toast is divine. I agree that banana is a wonderful ingredient to work with.

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