I can’t say enough good things about these Guava Cream Cheese French Toast Roll-Ups! The sweet gooey guava with the tangy cream cheese packaged up into little cinnamon sugar rolls is just perfection.
French toast roll-ups aren’t really anything new but as soon as I saw them, I knew I wanted to add a little something new to mine. If you’ve ever looked through my Cuban recipe section, you know we LOVE guava! So this was just a match made in heaven.
How to make Guava Cream Cheese French Toast Roll-Ups:
The first step is to gather your ingredients. (See the recipe card below for exact measurements.) You’ll need the following:
- white sandwich bread
- softened cream cheese
- guava paste
- vanilla extract
- white sugar
- ground cinnamon
Once you have your ingredients you can start assembling. White bread really works best for this recipe since it’s a little more on the chewy soft side. You’ll want to cut the crust off too. It’s not very absorbent or soft so it doesn’t work well for these roll-ups. You can save the crust for another use or toss them.
After cutting off the crust, the bread needs to be flattened. I use a rolling pin for this. You want it to be about 1/8 of an inch thick.
What to use if you don’t have a rolling pin:
- wine bottle
- stainless water bottle
- a soda can (just don’t shake it!)
- basically anything sturdy that you can roll across the bread and flatten it
When you have your bread nice and flat, you can start filling it with the goodies! I like to use the softer cream cheese in the tub (not whipped). It’s so much easier spread and you don’t have to worry about softening a brick of cream cheese.
The cream cheese gets spread over the whole piece of bread. It helps to “glue” everything in place. Then a little sliver of guava paste gets laid on one end of the bread.
Where to find guava paste:
If your grocery store has an international section, you probably have guava paste. It’s in the latin area and it comes in a few different shapes. If you can’t find it, you can order it here on amazon. Sometimes it’s in a box and sometimes in just clear plastic. The shape doesn’t matter as long as you find guava paste (not jelly or marmalade).
Right from the egg mixture, you can add them to a bit melted butter in a hot pan. I like to cook these just slightly lower than medium. If you cook them on a higher heat, the guava won’t have a chance to get melty and gooey and the outside will brown too quickly.
As soon as your roll-ups have browned on each side, remove them from the pan and place each one into the cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll it around to coat the roll-up.
You’ll definitely want to serve these Guava Cream Cheese French Toast Roll-Ups warm. You can serve them with syrup if you’d like but honestly, I think they’re sweet enough just how they are.
These roll ups make a great breakfast treat…especially with some salty bacon on the side. They’re also perfect for dessert or brunch! There’s really no wrong time to eat these in my opinion! Enjoy!
Guava Cream Cheese French Toast Roll-Ups
- 12 slices white sandwich bread
- 12 tablespoons softened cream cheese (about 6 ounces)
- 12 thin slices of guava paste (about 6 ounces)
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2-3 tablespoons butter
- Start by cutting the crust off of the bread slices.
- Press the bread to about ⅛ of an inch thick wide with the rolling pin.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over one side of the bread slices.
- Cut the guava paste into slices that are about ¼ thick. Lay the guava on the bottom of the bread slices on top of the cream cheese.
- Roll everything up together until you have 12 roll-ups.
- Heat a skillet over medium low heat. (You don't want these to brown too quickly or the inside won't get gooey enough.)
- While the skillet is heating, mix together the eggs, milk and vanilla extract in a small dish.
- Dip each roll-up into the egg mixture then add to the hot skillet and cook each side until browned. (about 2 minutes per side).
- Mix together the cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
- Once the roll-ups are done cooking, roll each one in the cinnamon sugar mixture then serve warm.