Sunday, January 4, 2015

Orange-Vanilla French Toast with Blueberry Compote

Nothing beats a warm, hearty breakfast on a super cold morning. French toast was one of the first recipes I learned how to make growing up. Although a pretty simple recipe, what's fun about making French toast is that the flavors are so versatile. The standard recipe is awesome, but today I decided to add some orange zest and pure vanilla extract for a little extra pop of freshness. The blueberry compote has fresh lemon juice which helps to tie all those wonderful flavors together. If you like your toast a little sweeter, add a drizzle of pure maple syrup. 



1. Combine compote ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool.




2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, orange zest, sugar and salt.



3. Coat a non-stick pan or griddle with cooking spray and turn heat to medium. Working in batches, dip each bread slice in the egg mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crisp. Transfer to a serving platter.




4. Serve each slice of toast with a scoop of blueberry compote.


Orange-Vanilla French Toast with Blueberry Compote
Serves 6

All you need:
Compote
2 cups frozen blueberries
3 tablespoons water
1/4 cup sugar
Juice of 1 lemon

3 eggs
1/4 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of 1 orange
2 teaspoons sugar
Pinch salt
6 slices whole grain bakery bread

All you do:
1. Combine compote ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook for 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, orange zest, sugar and salt.
3. Coat a non-stick pan or griddle with cooking spray and turn heat to medium. Working in batches, dip each bread slice in the egg mixture and cook for 1-2 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crisp. Transfer to a serving platter.
4. Serve each slice of toast with a scoop of blueberry compote.

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