Spiced French toast with a plum compote, Mascarpone and toasted almonds

July 8, 2011

spiced french toast with a plum compote

French toast is a big weekend favourite in this house. As well as being super quick and easy, it’s a brilliant way to bridge the sweet and savoury thing on those mornings when you just don’t know what you want.  It was invented to use up old bread and  it works better this way as dry bread soaks up more egg than fresh. I throw bits that are too far gone for toast into the freezer so I have a stash. The classic approach is maple syrup and maybe a few pieces of streaky bacon but fruit is also a great partner.

Plum season is really hitting its stride at the moment and what you may not know, is they are great cooked. Last year I did a gorgeous crumble with almonds which we ate all summer so it wasn’t too much of a leap to stew and serve them alongside rounds of lightly spiced french toast, a dollop of mascarpone and some toasted almond nibs. Now is that a recipe for a perfect brunch or what?

Spiced French toast with a plum compote, Mascarpone and toasted almonds (for 2)

You’ll need:

4-6 decent rounds of old bread or about 12 baguette rounds

3 large eggs

A generous dash of milk

1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon

The plum compote

300gr plums

A generous knob butter

1 tablespoon brown sugar

50gr (2 tablepsoons) Mascarpone or Greek yogurt

1 heaped tablespoon flaked almonds or almond nibs lightly toasted on the pan (toasted hazelnuts would also be lovely)

Maple or apple syrup (optional)

Begin with the plums – wash them then cut in half, twist the halves off the stone then quarter each one. Heat the butter on a pan and add the plums. Toss for a minute then throw in the sugar and keep moving for another 2-3 minutes then take off the heat and set aside

Beat the eggs with the milk and cinnamon. Soak the bread in the egg mixture for a few minutes then fry in butter or a very light olive oil til golden on each side. Serve immediately with the plums, a dollop of Mascarpone topped with the almonds. Drizzle with a little syrup. Enjoy.

One Response to “Spiced French toast with a plum compote, Mascarpone and toasted almonds”

  1. banbamama Says:

    Mmmm, this is fabulous. We love french toast too but sadly I serve it with tinned fruit (hangs head in shame!). will give this a go and it is so fast too. I like the idea of freezing a stash of bread for french toast.

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