An easy recipe for tender French Toast enhanced with spices, orange zest, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Top with Fresh Berry Compote for a perfect weekend breakfast treat.
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This recipe is based on classic French Toast but with a twist. Eggs, half and half are whisked up smooth and silky. We add in a touch of maple syrup along with orange zest together these compliment the spices giving the French toast a special irresistible aroma and flavor. We use a light sourdough country loaf because we love the tang it gives.
The Berry Compote is just the right pairing, bright, tangy and just a touch of sweet. This whips up together in no time!
What you’ll need for French Toast with Fresh Berry Compote
- country sourdough bread or use challah, or brioche (softer airy bread will get the fluffiest)
- half and half
- maple syrup
- orange zest
- spices: cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg
- berries: blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, whatever your pleasure!
Can this be made Vegan?
We have not tried it. But try this yummy recipe for Vegan French Toast!
How to make French Toast
Slicing bread about 3/4 inch thick allows it to soak up more of the custard and creates a more tender fluffy crumb.
Use an immersion blender if needed.
Pour into a shallow container. (A rectangular pyrex works great to do several pieces at the same time.)
Dip the slices of bread into the custard, letting it soak for 2-5 minutes on each side. ( This will depend on the type of bread you use and how quickly it soaks up the custard.) Transfer to a rack placed over a pan and let excess drip off.
Tip: the spices tend to sink in the custard so give a whisk as you flip the bread.
Heat a skillet to medium low. When the pan is fully heated, add 1/2 tablespoon of butter, as it melts place a soaked slice into the pan. Cooking for about 3 minutes per side, letting it get golden and slightly puffy in the center. Add more butter as needed.
Make the Berry Compote: Bring maple syrup and 1 cup of the berries to a low bowl in a saucepan. Let simmer for 2 minutes, mashing the berries a little with the back of a spoon to break them down a bit.
Mix orange juice with cornstarch and a pinch of salt until perfectly smooth. Whisk into the maple berry mixture stirring all the while. Continue stirring until thick and bubbly, 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir in the remaining 2 cups of berries.
Serve: Top the French Toast with berry compote and yogurt cream (see notes).
More butter and maple syrup is optional of course!
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