It's winter strawberry season in Florida. Here is a tasty way to enjoy these sweet beauties this morning!
2 cups diced strawberries 8 ounces softened goat cheese 3 tablespoons brown sugar 2 tablespoons vanilla extract 1 loaf brioche bread, sliced 1 ½-inch thick 1 cup whole milk 3 eggs 4-6 tablespoons unsalted butter Toppings (such as honey, strawberries, powdered sugar, syrup) Pinch of sea salt
In a small bowl combine goat cheese, brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon vanilla. Mix thoroughly and set aside. Prepare bread by making a pocket in each slice (do not cut all the way through). Using a small spoon fill each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon goat cheese mixture, spreading evenly. Add 1-2 tablespoons diced strawberries and seal by pressing edges together. Continue until all slices have been stuffed. Reserve ½ cup strawberries for toppings. Place into a baking dish.
In a small bowl whisk together milk, eggs, 1 tablespoon vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Pour mixture over stuffed bread slices and allow to soak for a minimum of 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat with 2 tablespoons butter. Cook each slice of bread on both sides until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Serve immediately with toppings of your choice.
Fresh tip: Any variety of bread will work using this recipe to include: sourdough, whole wheat, or French bread. You can also substitute cream cheese for goat cheese.
See our Fresh Catch Recipes page for all Treasure Coast seasonal recipes.
Recipe Courtesy of Fresh from Florida