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Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Buns

The weekends are perfect for brunch, and what’s more classic brunch that French toast? Today we’re bringing you a delightful spin on the original — a Hawaiian bun-based French Toast filled with strawberries and cream and cooked to perfection in an air fryer!

This recipe is family friendly and so simple, and it’ll brighten up your brunch or even a mid-afternoon tea dessert. Or a midnight snack. Really, there’s no perfect time to eat this because it’s so good, it’s delicious whenever!

 

What makes Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Buns special

These are utterly delicious and so sweet, the perfect recipe for a delightful breakfast or a dessert. They’re so fun because we use Hawaiian buns for the base. Hawaiian buns are similar in flavor to a French brioche (they’ve got that delicious sweetness that plays with your taste buds) but they incorporate potato flour and are actually based on Portuguese baking. We think they make for a wonderful base for these French Toast Buns!

Plus, the strawberry and whipped cream cheese makes for a sweet, creamy, and slightly tangy filling. Each bite that gets you a combination of the Hawaiian buns with the filling is perfect. We think this recipe is so wonderful and we’re convinced you’ll agree!

What equipment do you need to make Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Buns

In addition to bowls and whisks for mixing the ingredients, you’ll want an air fryer to get these French Toast Buns to utter perfection.

Air fryers are tabletop and portable convection ovens that function by circulating hot air around food in a basket. They don’t traditionally “fry” foods in the sense that they don’t use heated oil to cook them, which means it’s a much healthier alternative, but it still achieves that same crispy effect. If you don’t have an air fryer, you can wrap these Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Buns in aluminum foil and bake.

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How to make Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Buns

  1. Cut out the center of the Hawaiian rolls and press them into the roll.
  2. Mix together whipped cream cheese, and sugar in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  3. Fold in the chopped strawberries.
  4. Stuff about 1 heaping tablespoon of the filling into the Hawaiian buns.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  6. Dip stuffed Hawaiian rolls in egg and milk mixture until thoroughly coated.
  7. Air fry at 350 degrees F. for 6-8 minutes until buns are golden brown.
  8. Dust with powdered sugar.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

How to bake in the oven

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Place in a buttered baking dish and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
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How to store leftovers

On the off chance you have leftovers (which we don’t predict, as these are so delicious), store the buns in a single layer in an airtight container. Place in fridge and eat within three days. 

 

Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Buns

These little strawberry cheesecake stuffed Hawaiian rolls are so good and great for a weekend breakfast/brunch!
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Course: breakfast and brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: french toast, Hawaiian rolls, strawberry cheesecake, strawberry cheesecake french toast, stuffed french toast, sweet breakfast recipe
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories:

Ingredients

  • 12 Hawaiian bread rolls
  • 8 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  • Cut out the center of the Hawaiian rolls and press them into the roll.
  • Mix together whipped cream cheese, and sugar in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
  • Fold in the chopped strawberries.
  • Stuff about 1 heaping tablespoon of the filling into the Hawaiian buns.
  • In another bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
  • Dip stuffed Hawaiian rolls in egg and milk mixture until thoroughly coated.
  • Air fry at 350 degrees F. for 6-8 minutes until buns are golden brown.
  • Dust with powdered sugar, optional.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Notes

  • Baking instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Place in a buttered baking dish and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

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