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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.

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

ingredients in French toast

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

Step one

Slicing bread about 3/4 inch thick allows it to soak up more of the custard and creates a more tender fluffy crumb.

 

whisking custard together

Step two

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 pieces at the same time.)

soaking bread in custard

Step three

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.

pan frying the French toast

Step four

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.

making berry compote

Step five

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.

 

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.Serve: Top the French Toast with berry compote and yogurt cream (see notes).

More butter and maple syrup is optional of course!

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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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.


  • 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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