Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast

Three things about myself that make me feel old:

1. I go to bed at 10:30 every night. Granted, I get up at 4:40, but I still feel pretty ancient when I turn in a few hours before my husband.

2. I actually like nylons. I'm not-so-secretly hoping that Mad Men and Princess Kate will bring them back in style. And I just barely found out that they were "out" only because I read an article criticizing Kate for wearing them. Until then I was blissfully enjoying how smooth they make my legs look. I still wear them. High fashion be darned.

3. I like to eat breakfast for dinner. It's pretty much the only time I'm in the mood for foods like pancakes, waffles, scrambled eggs or french toast. I still haven't succumbed to 4:00 breakfast dinners at Denny's but there are days when that doesn't sound too bad.

That's why I like to think that combining a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with french toast makes it a bit more youthful, even if I am eating it for dinner. It's probably the least elegant stuffed french toast that I know of, but don't let the simplicity make you think less of it. It combines the awesomeness of french toast with the winning sweet/salty combination of peanut butter and jelly. It tastes great with maple syrup or on its own with some fruit. It's easy and quick to make but it appeals to little kids and big kids alike.

Now, if you'l excuse me, I have some coupons I need to redeem.

Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 slices brioche (or other soft bread)
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup fruit preserves
  • 1 T Butter, for coating pan


1. In a wide shallow dish combine milk, cream, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and scraped vanilla bean. Spread the bread slices evenly with the peanut butter and jelly and form sandwiches.

2. Dip assembled sandwiches in batter, coating each side evenly. Heat a large cast iron or non-stick griddle over medium heat.

3. Grease pan with butter. When butter starts to sizzle, turn heat up a notch. Place sandwiches on the griddle and cook, 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown.

4. Cut into strips and serve with maple syrup.

Recipe Source: Marc Meyer, Co-Owner of Five Points, Cookshop and Hundred Acres, and ABC News

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don't worry--I go to bed even earlier than you!! :)

I saw a similar recipe in a magazine this week--Cooking Light maybe?--and it had me drooling! This sounds wonderful!

My husband, who's 5 years younger than me, goes to bed 2-3 hours before me just about every night.  LOL.  Age is only a number!

PB&J done in any way is sure to make you feel young again, though.

I think you're one of the funniest bloggers out there. Who'da thunk that you could be so young... and so old at the same time! :) I love this idea for the french toast. Still serve it with maple syrup, eh? :) Remind me to tell you some time about my French toast experience in Europe... :) 

I love breakfast for dinner too! This french toast sounds awesome!

Every now and then I crave breakfast for dinner...pb and j french toast sounds wonderful! 
Pantyhose?  ugh.  I never liked them....lol.  But being 40 something...NOT wearing them when  you get all dressed up feels like you are naked!  lol

I'm glad I'm not the only one that feels naked without pantyhose!

I grew up in Vermont and therefore can envision maple syrup on just about anything. :) I can't imagine french toast without it, though. Do they not use it in Europe? I think I'd cry if they just gave me some naked french toast.

That's so funny. I'm about that much older than my husband so I've just been assuming it's because I'm ancient. I'm happy to hear its the other way around with you guys. :)

Oooh, I'd like to see a light version of this, too. I'll have to look it up.

I'm so glad I'm not the only one going to bed before 11!

I go to bed at 10! I like being a younger old little lady ;) Looks great!

I go to bed at 10:30 too!!! I love being an old woman!!

Nicole this sounds fabulous!!! Oh yum!! Btw... LOVE the new look of your blog! Looks great!

You're hilarious, Nicole!  If you're old, then I'm ANCIENT ... I go to bed at 9:30 and get up at 5:00!!  Love this pb&j french toast idea.  Pinning it.  And as a fellow Vermont girl, I'm with ya on the maple syrup on EVERYthing.

I love PB&J! This looks like something to roll out of bed for in the morning! :)

Nicole!  I'm loving this pbj theme. :)  And I love french toast.  Awesome pictures and recipe!

Wow I thought I got up early at 5:20. You have me beat. This recipe looks fantastic. I am trying this for brunch. Delicious.

I'm realizing more and more that we are actually the same person.  I only eat fancy schmancy breakfast foods for dinner also!  And all I ever really crave is PB+J's.  And I go to bed too early for my own good. 

This french toast has made my morning!

Oh man, I'd be going to bed early too if I had to get up at 4:40 am.  Eeek!  My husband always goes to bed hours before me so I can sort of relate to that part anyway :)  Breakfast for dinner is one of my favorites too, this looks like a lot of fun!

These are so cute! I love French Toast, and PB&J! I recently came across a recipe for Croque Monsieur that had you french-toast the bread. GENIUS. I don't know why I'd never done it before. Big fan of the fancy French toast :)

Me too. It's just so fun and special for a brunch.

I'm definitely a breakfast-for-dinner person, too. These look too good! PB&J is my favorite food combo.

You've been featured! http://limefishstudio.blogspot.com/2012/04/happy-peanut-butter-jelly-day.html

Thank you! What a fun collection of peanut butter and jelly recipes.

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