Chocolate French Toast with Strawberry Syrup

Who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast, especially on Valentine’s Day? This recipe adds extra-special chocolate yumminess to a familiar favorite. Treat your loved ones to an indulgent morning meal, which can be prepped the night before and ready to go in the oven the next morning!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 20 min
  • Servings 6

French Toast

12
slices (1 inch thick) French bread
1
cup milk
1/2
cup whipping cream
1/4
cup butter
2
tablespoons granulated sugar
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/8
teaspoon salt
3/4
cup semisweet chocolate chips
4
eggs, slightly beaten
1
tablespoon powdered sugar
Additional semisweet chocolate chips

Strawberry Syrup

1
lb strawberries, halved
1/2
cup real maple syrup

  • 1 To make French Toast: Grease bottom and sides of 13x9-inch pan; line with bread slices.
  • 2 In 2-quart saucepan, heat milk, cream, butter, granulated sugar, vanilla and salt to simmering over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips until melted and smooth. Gradually beat in eggs with whisk until well combined and mixture thickens.
  • 3 Pour chocolate mixture evenly over bread. Make sure to coat bread completely, turning slices over if necessary. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 8 hours. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  • 4 Heat oven to 375°F. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until chocolate mixture sets. Meanwhile, make Strawberry Syrup.
  • 5 To make Strawberry Syrup: Heat strawberries and maple syrup in 1-quart saucepan to simmering over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, until strawberries have softened. Slightly mash strawberries with fork or potato masher. Keep syrup warm until ready to serve. Serve with warm French toast sprinkled with powdered sugar and additional chocolate chips.

Expert Tips

Garnish French toast with extra chocolate chips and a dollop of whipped cream, if desired.

Try swapping strawberry-flavored syrup for the maple syrup for extra strawberry flavor.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
530
(
Calories from Fat
230),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
25g
25%
(Saturated Fat
14g,
14%
Trans Fat
1/2g
1/2%
),
Cholesterol
170mg
170%;
Sodium
350mg
350%;
Total Carbohydrate
63g
63%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
40g
40%
),
Protein
11g
11%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%;
Vitamin C
35%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.