Breakfast with Rick Bayless {Mango Stuffed French Toast}

When I first joined I Heart Cooking Clubs and signed on to cook with Rick Bayless once a week from April to September, I had a feeling that Rick and I would get along pretty well.  We both love Mexico, Mexican food, and all of the delicious ingredients Mexico has to offer.

As the weeks passed by, I found myself liking him more and more.   Then like turned into something else and I developed a bit of crush on Rick.  How could I not?  We've had drinks.  Flirted over a light lunch.  Shared a sweet moment.  And gotten a little more serious over dinner.  So I decided it was time to take our relationship to the next level, and invited Rick over for breakfast.

Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious!  Had me feeling a little like Meg Ryan in that deli scene in When Harry Met Sally.  And all because of a plate of French toast.  But not just any ordinary French toast.  Oh no!  This French toast was stuffed with cream cheese and mango.  (Sigh!) What an amazing combination of flavors! It was absolutely divine.

And now I'm pretty much head over heels in love with Rick.

Mango Stuffed French Toast
(recipe from


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 large mangoes, peeled and thinly sliced 
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 
  • 12 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 12 to 18 slices sandwich bread* (I used white bread) 
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 can evaporated milk 
  • 1 cup regular milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Powdered sugar 
  • Warm maple syrup

Melt the butter in a large 12-inch skillet over medium heat.  Add the mango, 1/4 cup of the sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of the ground cinnamon and cook for about 10 minutes until the mango has cooked through.  (My mangoes were a little on the ripe side, so I ended up with more of a mango puree.  The results were still absolutely delicious.)

With an electric mixer on medium speed, whip the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar with the cream cheese until the sugar dissolves.

Spread the cream cheese on 12 slices of sandwich bread. Arrange 6 of the slices, cream cheese side UP, in the bottom of a generously buttered 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

Spoon a couple of tablespoons of the mango puree onto each slice of bread, making sure to spread it all the way to the edges.

Top with the remaining 6 slices of sandwich bread, cream cheese side DOWN.  *This is where Rick's recipe ends.  BUT...I still had half of the cream cheese mixture leftover and lots of mango puree, so I  decided to add another layer.  Spread more of the cream cheese on top of the bread slices.

Spoon the remaining mango puree on top of the cream cheese.  Spread the last of the cream cheese mixture on an additional 6 slices of sandwich bread.  Arrange the bread slices, cream cheese side DOWN on top of the mango puree.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs with the evaporated and regular milk, the ground cinnamon, and the vanilla extract until well combined.

Slowly pour the egg mixture over the bread.  Press down on the bread gently so that the top slices of bread absorb some of the egg mixture.  (Don't worry if some of the filling spills out.)

Bake in a preheated oven at 350F for 40 to 45 minutes or until the bread has turned a light golden brown and the egg custard no longer jiggles.

 Sprinkle the top of the Mango Stuffed French Toast with powdered sugar or drizzle with warm maple syrup.  Serve with a couple slices of bacon.  Enjoy!!!  

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Also sharing this recipe with The Food of the Month Club.

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  1. I love the part of your story telling about falling in love with Rick and about this stuffed french toast;-) and because off that i know crave this but i don't have mangoes and all the shops are closed today because its a holiday:-(

  2. Omg! This sounds so delicious !

  3. This sounds like an utterly amazing breakfast. I can't wait to try this out. Hopefully next weekend. Thank you.

  4. I was lucky enough to be invited to eat in Rick's home with others representing Mexico at an IACP convention in Chicago. Charming man, charming family, charming home--and over-the-top wonderful food. And this recipe looks just divine--my son would flip over it.

  5. This looks way more yummy than my bowl of Kelloggs Special K that I have. DROOL!

  6. ...aaaaaannnnndddd now you know I how I feel ;). I'm head over heels for Ricks and have been for at least 12 or 13 years. Sigh... This seriously looks amazing. I think I'll have to invite him over for breakfast this week, as well ;P.

  7. Leslie, this is yummy! I just finished have plain french toast, but this is superb. I'll have to make this as soon as my mangoes are in season here. Thanks for the recipes.

  8. Such a cute post! There really is something about Rick that is very charming. This french toast looks insanely delicious. Such a wonderful combo of flavors. Would love to try this!

  9. for all you waiting for mangoes to be in season, since the mangoes are cooked you can indulge yourselves right now by using frozen mangos. not quite as good, but you get it all and you get it now!

  10. French Toast in a all new level of yumminess, with stuffed mangoes! Love this, my family loves mangoes, so these would certainly be a winner in my house! Looks really good!

  11. I'm trying to figure out what to make for breakfast right now and this looks awesome! I'm drooling!

  12. Oh wow, that is over the top! What a wonderful way to make French toast! No wonder you are in love. ♥

  13. Oh, dang, this looks just wonderful! Nice way to make yummy french toast for a crowd, too!

  14. What a love affair! I recently discovered stuffed French toast (thanks, Jamie Oliver). I like that this bakes--can feed a crowd in no time.

  15. You had me in the palm of your hand. Until you mentioned the dreaded cream cheese. Two words that begin with "C"s. Topping the "I Don't Eat" list right after "creamed corn" and before "cheese cake."

    I wonder if I could substitute something good? Like sour cream (or as I have renamed it for Felipe -- cultured cream -- despite the fact that it also starts with two "C"s, but just as there is good and bad cholesterol, those "C"s are good).

  16. I'm going to buy some mangos today. Gosh, I'm hungry! Love your blog and really enjoy making some of your delish dishes! Gracias!

  17. I'll be over here, drooling quietly to myself as I read the recipe again.

  18. I wonder if it would be possible to whittle this recipe down to one serving size as I live with a French toast hater. I know, he's nuts! Anyway, this looks so good. I haven't ever tried a Rick Bayless recipe, but your recent posts have definitely piqued my interest.

  19. This French toast looks like an excellent reason to fall in love with Rick. So decadent and good! ;-)

  20. Qué buena idea! Me encanta! Anotada para la semana.

  21. Is there anything better than mango season? We eat kilos and kilos every week for the duration. Lovely round-up, Leslie--and I particularly like your interesting recipe for the mango-stuffed French toast. Yum.