French toast with sautéed vanilla pears

I love French toast, and it’s a good way to use up dried up, day-old bread. Actually, the more dried out the bread, the better! This recipe can have so many variations to it. If you prefer apples or berries, try those instead. Drizzle with melted semi-sweet chocolate for a more indulgent treat.

French toast with sautéed vanilla pears

Allergy Egg, Milk
Meal type Breakfast
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Hot
This delicious variation of traditional French toast is so comforting on a cold morning.

Ingredients

  • butter (or other healthy alternative for frying)

French toast

  • 1 egg (preferably from grain-fed, free run chicken)
  • 1 cup milk (such as soy, almond, rice, cow, or goat)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamom
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 or more medium slices day-old bread (we used kamut bread from the local bakery)

French toast (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon sweetener (such as sugar, agave syrup, honey, etc.)

Sautéed pears

  • 2 medium pears (preferably organic)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Toppings (Optional)

  • yogurt (such as cow or goat, or your prefered alternative)
  • maple syrup

Note

If you like you can make a larger quantity of French toast and freeze it. Simply warm it in a pan or toaster oven, or microwave it for a short while, and serve.

Directions

French toast
Step 1
Warm a frying pan on the stove on medium heat. Add a gob of butter or splash of oil to the pan once it is warm.

Meanwhile, in a wide, shallow bowl (wide enough to soak your bread in), use a fork to mix together the egg, milk, vanilla, salt, sweetener and cinnamon until it is all equally blended.

Soak a slice or two of the bread in the milk mixture, flipping once to make sure all edges are coated. The bread will need to soak longer if it is not very dried out. Don't oversoak it or the slice will fall apart on its way to the frying pan!

Fry each slice of soaked bread until they are golden on both sides. While the slices are frying, start soaking the next slices of bread.

Keep the cooked slices of French toast warm on a plate in the oven, turned to its lowest setting. This helps if you are making a number of batches and want to serve it all together.

Add more oil or butter to the pan between slices if needed.

Repeat until all your milk mixture has been soaked up and you have a pile of delicious French toast to eat!
Sautéed pears
Step 2
Peel your pears and slice them into 6-8 wedges, removing the core.

In another frying pan or thick-bottomed pot, melt the butter or warm the oil over medium heat.

Once warmed, add the pear slices and additional vanilla and stir. Cover and cook until the pear is tender, stirring occasionally.
Preparing to serve
Step 3
Serve the warm French toast topped with the sautéed pears, yogurt and maple syrup, or other toppings of your choice.