Air Fryer French Toast with blueberry filling is a perfect dish for a special brunch, breakfast, or even dessert. It starts with a classic French toast recipe, but the blueberry filling adds a burst of flavor and creaminess, and cooking it in an air fryer gives it a crisp exterior and a fluffy interior.
What Is Blueberry-Stuffed Air Fryer French Toast?
This might just be my favorite brunch or breakfast recipe. Rich brioche bread is slit open and filled with a sweetened mixture of blueberries and cream cheese. The stuffed bread slices are then dunked in a cream-and-egg custard mixture. Finally, they’re fried to a beautiful golden brown color in the air fryer.
Cooking French toast in the air fryer makes it so easy — it cooks quickly and cleanup is a breeze. With this method, you can make French toast any time.
Ingredients You Need
The ingredients for this Stuffed French Toast are easy to find and probably most are in your kitchen already. Here’s what you need:
- Blueberries: Fresh or frozen blueberries will work well in this recipe.
- Granulated sugar: A bit of sugar enhances the sweetness
- Vanilla extract: A splash of vanilla extract adds depth and rounds out the sweet edges.
- Cream cheese: Cream cheese gives the filling a creamy base. Use cream cheese that is at room temperature for easy mixing.
- Cream or half-and-half: This gives the custard a rich creamy texture. If you like, you can substitute vanilla flavored coffee creamer for extra flavor. You could also substitute a non-dairy milk substitute like almond milk if you like.
- Brioche: This rich, egg and butter enriched bread is the perfect bread for French toast, giving it a melt-in-your-mouth quality.
- Eggs: Eggs form the base of the custard mixture, soaking into the bread and holding the dish together.
- Powdered sugar: A dusting of powdered sugar or confectioners’ sugar is pretty and adds a little extra sweetness.
- Maple syrup: Maple syrup is a classic topping for French toast. It’s optional, but so good with the blueberries.
- Whipped cream: Whipped cream is also optional, but makes it extra delicious and festive.
How to Make French Toast in the Air Fryer
You’ll love how easy it is to make Air Fryer French Toast. The filling comes together quickly and the whole thing cooks quickly in the air fryer, too. Here’s how to do it:
- Make the blueberry filling: In a small saucepan, combine blueberries, and granulated sugar. Cook over medium heat until the blueberries burst and the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla, and let the mixture cool slightly. In a separate bowl, beat softened cream cheese until smooth. Stir in the blueberry mixture until well combined.
- Prepare the custard mixture: In a shallow dish, whisk together eggs, creamer, and a pinch of salt.
- Assemble the French toast: Cut a pocket in each slice of bread. Stuff each pocket with the blueberry filling. Dip each piece of bread into the egg mixture, making sure to coat both sides.
- Cook in the air fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 375°F. Place the stuffed and coated bread in the air fryer basket. Air fry for 6 to 8 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until the French toast is golden brown and cooked through. You may have to cook it in multiple batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
- Serve: Dust the French toast with powdered sugar and drizzle with maple syrup. Top with whipped cream if desired.
Tips for Success
This easy air fryer French toast recipe is hard to mess up. Here are some tips to ensure it turns out perfectly.
- If you’re using frozen blueberries, thaw them before making the blueberry filling.
- Use a serrated knife to cut a pocket in each slice of bread. This will make it easier to make a clean cut without smushing or tearing the bread.
- Make sure the blueberry filling is cooled before mixing it with the cream cheese.
- Don’t overstuff the bread pockets, or the filling may spill out during cooking.
- If you don’t have vanilla coffee creamer, you can use whole milk or half-and-half instead.
- You can stir a little bit of ground cinnamon into the filling mixture or sprinkle it over the top of the french toast for extra flavor, if you like.
- If you have leftovers, wrap them up and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can reheat the French toast in the air fryer. You can even cut the toast into French toast sticks before reheating.
What to Serve With It
Air Fryer Blueberry Stuffed French Toast is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that will impress your family and friends. The combination of sweet blueberries, creamy filling, and crispy French toast is simply irresistible. Whether you serve it for breakfast, brunch, or dessert.
Serve this air fryer French toast for breakfast, brunch, or even as a simple dessert. If you’re serving it for brunch, go all out and add a fruit salad, Maple Candied Bacon, and possibly even a champagne-based cocktail like a mimosa.
Blueberry-Stuffed Air Fryer Stuffed French Toast
- 2 cups fresh or frozen and thawed blueberries
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 8- ounce brick cream cheese
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
- Pinch salt
- 8 slices slicesof thick-cut brioche bread dried out or slightly toasted
- ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 cup maple syrup
- Whipped cream optional topping
- In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add blueberries, granulated sugar, and vanilla. Bring to a boil or until blueberries have burst open. Drop heat to medium-low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, add cream cheese, 1/2 cup vanilla creamer, and 1/3 cup of blueberry syrup. Whisk until fully incorporated and creamy.
- Cut the bread slices in half but not all the way through. Make sure the slices of bread are dried. This helps prevent soggy toast. You can leave them to air dry for a few hours or toast them in the toaster for 30-45 seconds.
- Scooping a spoonful of cream cheese filling, add to the center of the sliced open pocket of the bread. Gently press the sides of the bread to fill the whole pocket without squirting the filling out.
- In a flat dish, beat the eggs with 1/2 cup of vanilla creamer.
- Dredge each piece of brioche in the egg wash for 10 seconds on each side. Only dredge the slices you will cook in a batch.
- Place the stuffed brioche on parchment paper in the air fryer basket and cook at 350°f for 10 minutes, flipping halfway.
- Remove toast and let cool. Cream cheese filling will be hot.
- Plate the toast and top with remaining blueberry syrup, confectioners sugar, whipped Cream, and or pancake syrup.