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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.

French Toast

  • Author: Tonia | Feasting at Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 slices
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

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.


Ingredients

  • 1 loaf country sourdough bread, sliced into 3/4″ slices (or challah, brioche -softer airy bread will get the fluffiest-depends on the texture you prefer)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, about 1 medium orange worth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter

Berry Compote

  • 3 cups berries, fresh preferred but frozen works too
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • tiny pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the eggs, half and half, maple syrup, orange zest, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg and salt until completely smooth.  Use an immersion blender if needed.  Pour into a shallow container.  (A rectangular pyrex works great to do several at the same time.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Berry Compote

  1. Bring maple syrup and 1 cup of the berries to a low bowl in a sauce pan.  Let simmer for 2 minutes, mashing the berries a little with the back of a spoon to break down a bit.
  2. 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.
  3. Stir in the remaining 2 cups of berries.

To Serve: Top the French Toast with berry compote and yogurt cream (see notes).  (More butter and maple syrup is optional of course!)


Notes

To keep the French Toast warm, place in a 200F preheated oven until ready to serve.

To make yogurt cream simply use 1 part greek yogurt to 1 part freshly whipped cream.  Add sweetener and vanilla if desired.

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