Orange Raspberry French Toast Roll-Ups with cream cheese are not only perfect for breakfast and brunch but also for dessert! If you love French toast, try these easy fruity breakfast roll-ups. You may never go back to a flat piece of French toast again.
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This is a fun way to serve French toast. What makes this best-ever French toast recipe so tasty is the pairing of fresh raspberries with an orange marmalade cream cheese filling plus the orange sugar coating makes these over the top so good. Trust me, do not avoid this last step of rolling the fried bread rolls in this tasty sugar concoction.
For the holidays we love to have a big breakfast, and we serve this french toast recipe or these yeasted waffles. Both are a real treat that we look forward to.
The perfect party food
Are you looking for something to serve for Sunday brunch, a slumber party, or a holiday breakfast? These tasty stuffed French toast rolls are a real crowd-pleaser and look so fancy stacked on a big platter.
What is French Toast?
This pan-fried bread is soaked in a milk and egg batter and then fried in butter; this is usually served with maple syrup. You may also have heard this called "egg bread."
Did you know the Romans ate French toast in the 4th century? They called this Pan Dulcis, made with eggs and milk.
This dish is called "lost bread," or pain perdu in France. The lost bread means using stale bread, so this is an excellent way to use older bread.
But today, we are making berry French toast roll-ups for breakfast, and if I am lucky, there will be a few left for an afternoon dessert.
- Bread - I like the larger slices such as Orowheat white sandwich bread
- Milk- use whole milk, almond milk, or oat milk for the best flavor
- Vanilla extract
- Cream Cheese
- Fresh raspberries
- Orange marmalade
- A fresh orange
There is nothing better than having an easy recipe that uses fresh and simple ingredients that creates a dish that is crazy delicious.
Let's roll some French toast
Step 1. Mix the room-temperature cream cheese and orange marmalade together in a small bowl.
Step 2. Add the sugar and orange zest in a shallow dish and mix until combined. You will be using this to roll the just-cooked French toast rolls in.
Step 3. In a blender mix the eggs, milk, vanilla, and flour until combined. You can also mix this in a bowl with a wire whisk.
Step 4. Cut the crust from all sides of the bread, then roll each slice of bread with a rolling pin to flatten. If you have kids, their favorite part is rolling the bread flat.
Step 5. Spread some cream cheese and orange marmalade mixture down one end of the bread. It is best to use the short side of the bread. Place three raspberries on top of the cream cheese. Now, starting at the end with the berries, roll the bread over the berries to create a nice tight roll.
Place the rolls seam-side down in a shallow dish.
Put a small dollop of the cream cheese near the end of the bread slice to act as glue to hold the end of the roll so it doesn't come unrolled.
Step 6. Heat the skillet over medium heat, and then add the butter and let it melt.
Step 7. While the skillet is heating up, pour the milk and egg mixture over the rolls. You want this mixture to soak into the bread. If it takes you some time to get the rolls fried, you may want to drain the egg batter so the rolls do not get oversaturated.
Step 8. When the skillet is hot, add the rolls with the seam side down and fry for about three minutes, turning to cook all the sides. Depending on the size of your frying pan, you can fry three or four rolls at a time. Don't crowd the pan too much because you must constantly turn the rolls over.
Step 9. Once the rolls are cooked and browned, remove them from the pan and immediately roll them in the sugar and orange zest mixture, pressing to coat with all this luscious sugary goodness.
Step 10. Serve these rolls while they are hot
Yes! Make these rolls but don't soak them in the egg batter. Put the rolls in a covered container and store them in the refrigerator. Then make the milk and egg mixture and store that in a covered container. When ready to fry, bring the rolls to room temperature and pour the milk-egg mixture on the rolls, and fry.
Yes, adjust the number of bread slices and the filling. For instance, if you want 15 French toast rolls, divide the recipe in half and add that much more of the ingredients. If you are making for a crowd, double the recipe for 20.
Tips for making extra
If you are making many of these rolls and want to keep them hot while others are cooking, set the just fried rolls on a cooling rack on a baking sheet and place them in a 250 to 300-degree oven. When ready to serve, place the rolls in the orange sugar mixture. The reason for the cooling rack is to keep the bottom of the rolls from steaming and getting soggy.
Can you reheat the cooked French toast rolls?
Yes, they are just as delicious and perfect for a busy morning. If you have leftovers, place the cooled rolls in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. When ready to reheat, heat the oven to 300 degrees F. and place the rolls on a baking sheet and heat for about 10 minutes until they are hot. Remember you want to gently heat the rolls, not bake them, since the filling will get too hot and start oozing out.
Once you coat the rolls in the orange-sugar mixture, they will eventually get absorbed into the French toast. Once you store these in the refrigerator, the sugar coating will eventually melt into the bread. This is not a bad thing, but when you go to reheat the rolls, the sugar coating will not be noticeable, but that sweetness will be there.
These breakfast rolls filled with orange-flavored cream cheese and raspberries have become an all-time favorite, and I must admit, they are perfect with a cup of tea in the middle of the afternoon.
- You can always vary the fruits, filling, and sugar coating with these roll-ups. You can even make them savory.
- Replace the raspberries with blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries.
- Spread apple butter on the bread with apple pie filling and roll in cinnamon sugar.
- How do Nutella and peanut butter sound for a filling?
- In the fall, spread the bread with pumpkin puree and cranberries.
- Roll the bread around a sausage link and cheese and roll in maple sugar.
- Ham and cheese roll-ups are another savory favorite.
- For a more traditional recipe, try this Easy French Toast.
Do you skip breakfast?
I rarely do because lunch is sometimes hard to fit into my day, so eating something hearty gets me through the day. These are a few of One Hot Oven's favorite breakfast recipes.
- Creamy Spice Apple Cranberry Oatmeal is perfect for those cold days you want some comfort food.
- Baked Oatmeal with Applesauce is a great make-ahead breakfast that tastes great reheated.
- Bite-Size Swiss Cheese Quiches are perfect for a light breakfast or brunch and can be prepped the night before and baked the next morning.
- Try this Keto French Toast recipe for another breakfast option.
- Blueberry Toast is so simple to make for breakfast, with lots of blueberries atop creamy yogurt and toasty sourdough bread.
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Orange Raspberry French Toast Roll-Ups
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- Place the sugar in a small dish, like a pie plate. With a citrus zester, zester about 1 ½ teaspoons of orange zest into the sugar. Mix this together until combined. Set aside
Make the French Toast Rolls
- Cut the crust from each slice of bread. Then with a rolling pin flatten the slices.
- Mix the softened cream cheese with the orange marmalade. Alternately, you can use ½ teaspoon of orange zest.
- Spread a small strip of the orange cream cheese mixture down the short side of the bread, about 1 to 1 ½ teaspoons. Add a small dollop of cream cheese at the other end of the bread. This will help the rolls stick together.
- Place three raspberries on top of the cream cheese and then start rolling the bread over the raspberries to make a tight roll. Place the rolls seam side down in a large dish.
- In a blender mix the eggs, milk, flour, and vanilla until combined. You can also use a wire whisk to blend this mixture.
- Pour this mixture over the French toast rolls
Frying the French Toast Roll-Ups
- Heat the skillet over medium heat and then melt the butter. Working in batches, place 3-4 rolls in the hot pan and cook on all sides until golden brown for about three minutes. Don't crowd the pan since you need to flip the rolls over.
- Immediately after the rolls are cooked roll in the orange sugar mixture, pressing to coat.
- Serve these rolls immediately and enjoy
Can you make these rolls ahead of time?Make these rolls but don't soak in the egg batter. Put the rolls in a covered container and store in the refrigerator, make the milk and egg mixture and store that in a covered container. When ready to fry, bring the rolls to room temperature and pour the milk-egg mixture on the rolls and fry.
Can you make more than ten rolls?Yes, just adjust the bread amount with the filling. For instance, if you want 15 French toast rolls, divide the recipe in half and add that much more of the ingredients. If you are making for a crowd double the recipe for 20 rolls.
Tips for making extra rollsIf you are making a lot of these rolls and want to keep them hot while others are cooking, set the just fried rolls on a cooling rack that is set on a baking sheet and place in a 250 to 300-degree oven. When ready to serve, place the rolls in the orange sugar mixture. The reason for the cooling rack is to keep the bottom of the rolls from steaming and getting soggy.
Can you reheat the cooked rolls?Yes, and they are just as delicious. If you have leftovers place the cooled rolls in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator. When ready to reheat, heat the oven to 300 degrees F. and place the rolls on a baking sheet and heat for about 10 minutes, until they are hot. Remember you just want to gently heat the rolls, not bake them since the filling will get too hot and start oozing out. Once you coat the rolls in the orange-sugar mixture that will eventually get absorbed into the french toast so when you reheat the leftover rolls the sugar will not be noticeable.
First Published: Dec 25, 2020. Last Updated: Aug 19, 2022
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