If you thought that gingerbread flavored foods were out of season, guess again! As far as I am concerned, gingerbread can go all winter long, not just during the holiday season. Heck, eat a gingersnap in July!
Gingerbread consists of some of my all time favorite spices – including nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Yes, yes, and YES!
Pair those with some cream cheese, and now you’ve got me all heart-eye-emoji.
Thank goodness I can use this powerful Cuisinart Toaster Convection Oven to help me make my big food dreams of a cream cheese gingerbread stuffed french toast a reality.
This Convection Oven works like magic! Also, did I mention how much I love the blue back-lit display screen?! I will admit that I am not always a huge fan of keeping appliances on our kitchen counter, but this bad boy is an absolute beaut. Plus, we find ourselves using it for toast, defrosting ingredients from the freezer, and heating up leftovers (it has it own setting)!
Mmmm…look at all that syrup dripping down that french toast stack! Just writing this is making me want to go back for seconds right about now. Plus, you get a nice gooey bite of spiced gingerbread cream cheese filling almost every time.
Warning: This is not a breakfast that makes you feel ready to “conquer the day ahead.” Rather, it brings about a nice “I’m gonna take a quick 20 minute nap” vibe. Perhaps it’s best you keep this one for a Saturday.
20 oz loaf challah bread, slightly stale
8 oz cream cheese
2 tbsp molasses
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground clove
1/2 tsp fresh ginger
1 1/2 cup milk
3 tbsp syrup
1. Cut your loaf of bread into 2″ thick slices and then make a half slice though the middle of that, being sure not to cut all the way through – you want enough space to stuff the middle later.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the cream cheese, molasses, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground clove, and fresh ginger. Stir this together until well combined.
3. Using a spatula, spread in proportionate amounts of the cream cheese filling into each slice of bread.
4. Place these stuffed pieces of bread into a greased baking dish.
5. Now, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, syrup, and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Pour this on top of the bread. It’s okay if you see a lot of excess egg mixture in the bottom, it will get soaked up.
6. Cover with saran wrap and place in the fridge overnight (or for a few hours).
7. Now, scroll and select bake on the Cuisinart Toaster Convection Oven, and pre-heat to 425 degrees and set the time for 30 minutes. Make sure you are only using the wire rack, and place your pan in the middle of the oven.
8. Take it out when the top is golden brown and place your desired amount on a plate, sprinkle with some fresh cinnamon and top off with syrup (of course)!