French Toast with Pear Compote
Posted on February 20, 2015 by Cooking for Students
French toast is by far one of the best breakfast foods ever. It is sweet, eggy, has that crispy exterior and is enhanced with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Aside from the French toast itself a lovely pear compote to top it off is the perfect finish. Sounds really gourmet right? Well you can make it yourself with a few ingredients and a short amount of time. Chances are you do not have the time to slowly cook the pears to make a compote so leave all the work to your microwave.
What’s in it?
- 2 slices bread, whole wheat or white
- 1 small pear, peeled and chopped
- 1 egg
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- Granulated sugar
- Confectioner’s sugar, optional
- Cream cheese, optional
How’s it made?
In a bowl beat the egg and add the milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Mix with a fork until well combined.
Place a skillet over medium heat and melt butter.
Dip bread into the egg and flip to coat the other side. Do not leave to soak.
Place bread into the skillet and cook for about 3 minutes or until golden brown.
Flip with a spatula and cook for another 3 minutes or until golden.
Remove from the skillet and plate.
Add pears to a microwave safe bowl.
Coat the pears with lemon juice and top with a generous amount of granulated sugar and cinnamon.
Mix to coat pears with sugar and cook in the microwave for 30-45 seconds or until the compote starts to bubble.
Pour compote over the French toast.
Finish with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and dollop of cream cheese if desired.
This is a really phenomenal plate of food. All the flavor notes just work. The subtle sweetness of the French toast itself is amazing and the compote is the ideal balance of sweet, tart and fresh. When paired together you get these perfect bites that also have great texture. The pears cook down a bit but still retain their crispness. Who knew that you can make a restaurant quality compote in the microwave? Also, if you do not have a pear on hand always remember that you can use an apple, raspberries, and blueberries, peaches or even segmented orange slices. No matter what you choose the result will be something high quality scrumptious.