Atwood Cafe Stuffed French Toast

















Still holding firm to your New Year’s resolution?

Good for you!

You might want to look away. Today’s recipe is a real indulgence.  This is my oldest son’s favorite breakfast.  When he was about three I had a concern that he may have some sort of medical issue with swallowing. He could chew a carrot or piece of chicken for hours before swallowing. I thought for sure he had some growth blocking his throat.  Who chews a carrot for hours?  I suggested we take him to the doctor.

My super smart husband came home one day with a box of Dunkin Doughnuts.  He plopped the box on the table in front of Paul and said, “help yourself”.  Within forty seconds he was reaching for his third doughnut.  My husband said “I think he’s fine!”  And so he was… Today he still loves all things sweet.  Good thing he has a super fast metabolism and burns it off before his body knows it’s there.


This one’s for you Paul…

A few years ago Paul and I went into Chicago to see a matinee performance of Les Miserables at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. We met a very good friend for brunch at the Atwood Cafe.  The Atwood is one of Chicago’s oldest and most beautiful places to dine. As a Mom, it was a treat just to be out on the town with my teen age son. I better enjoy it while he thinks I’m still cool.

We found it!  The Holy Grail of breakfast.  French toast stuffed with peanut butter and raspberry jam. One bite and we knew!

It took a few attempts to recreate it but eating our mistakes was NO problem.


Our favorite French Toast

12 thick slices of fresh brioche bread

Creamy peanut butter (we use Skippy Natural )

Raspberry preserves


3 3ggs

3/4 c. heavy cream

1/2 tsp pure vanilla

pint of fresh raspberries

confectioners sugar

warm real maple syrup


Make 6 generous peanut butter and jam sandwiches.  In a deep pie plate whisk the cream,eggs and vanilla.  When your grill pan is buttered and hot, carefully dip one sandwich in the egg mixture until coated.  Grill the sandwich on medium heat.  Repeat for as many sandwiches as will fit on your pan.  When one side is nicely browned flip the sandwich and brown the other side.

When all batter is cooked and the sandwich is toasty brown put it on your prettiest plate.  Cut in half.  Top with fresh raspberries a sprinkling of confectioners sugar and drizzle with warm real maple syrup.  Don’t cheat and use the fake stuff.

If you try it leave me a comment letting me know how it changed your life.

It will!!



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