Healthy Recipes: French Toast with Maple Pears

By Laura Brooks
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There’s nothing better on a cold wintry weekend than a delicious hot breakfast!  This french toast, made using brioche, features a scrumptous topping that will make you ask ‘true love’ to leave behind the partridge and just bring you more pear trees!  A healthy eating fruit, pears are packed with potassium and are also an excellent source of fiber and vitamin C.  (Nutritional information from USApears.com; free clip art picture from FunDraw.com)

Makes 4 servings

Maple Pears:
3 pears*, sliced lengthways
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3/4 cup maple syrup

French toast:
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
8 slices brioche loaf (substitute whole grain bread for a heartier version)
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons unsalted butter (or margerine)

In lemon juice, lightly marinate the pear slices. Pour the maple syrup into a large frying pan to heat. Then simmer the pears for 10 minutes in the syrup until they are a little soft. Flip the slices over a couple of times and keep them warm while you prepare the French toast.

Beat eggs, milk and vanilla in a large shallow bowl that will be used for dipping the bread. Combine cinnamon and superfine sugar and put aside. After dipping bread (turning once), heat half of the butter or margerine in another large frying pan (non-stick).  Be careful not to burn the butter.  When pan begins to sizzle, add bread slices.

Flip the bread to cook evenly on both sides until golden brown and repeat.  Finish with a dusting (or more) with the cinnamon/sugar and top with pears and the liquid from the maple syrup and pear juice.

*See USApears.com to learn how to select the best pears.

If you have overnight guests for the holidays, this healthy recipe is sure to please!

For more healthy eating recipes, check out the other delicious recipes listed on this blog or visit Green Mountain Healthy Living Recipe Favorites.

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