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Pecan French Toast with Caramelized Pears

French toast is taken up a notch with a caramelized pear and pecan topping. Make this Pear and Pecan French Toast for breakfast this weekend!

A plate of partially eaten pear and pecan french toast.

Creating This Unique French Toast Recipe

For some unknown reason, I had the desire to: 1.) make brunch Saturday morning and 2.) eat french toast.

Not so surprised by the first, but slightly surprised by the second because many past experiences with french toast had all been soggy, eggy bread. I don’t particularly love the taste of soggy, eggy bread.

If covered with enough butter and powdered sugar or syrup it is tasty enough. I didn’t want “tasty enough,” I wanted to properly enjoy a delicious plate of french toast.

Something like this pecan french toast with fruit (in this case, caramelized pears).

Reminded of the time Eric’s mom (who is an excellent cook!) made us a delicious french toast with pear and brie and having an excess of pears purchased at Costco, I decided I wanted some sort of pear topping to go along with it.

Positive that a thick, rustic bread was necessary for this experiment, and lucky enough to have just made some the day before (though there’s no need to bake your own just to make this recipe), I got busy experimenting on what in my mind was the perfect french toast.

It’s all about eating what you enjoy. As it happens, we particularly enjoyed french toast this way.

No more soggy, eggy french toast for me!

Experiments that go well, like this French Toast with Caramelized Pears and Pecans, pretty much make my day.

Two pears, halved on a cutting board.

Ingredients for Pear & Pecan French Toast

To make the french toast as well as the caramelized pears and pecans, you’ll need:

  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar and brown sugar
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Water
  • Pears
  • Pecan halves

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

Two pieces of bread being soaked in an egg-milk mixture.

How to Make Pear & Pecan French Toast

This is a super simple french toast recipe, despite having a fruit and nut topping. Here’s an overview of how it’s made:

  1. Make the french toast: Combine flour, salt, and sugar. In another bowl, whisk together milk, egg, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
  2. Pour milk mixture in a shallow dish. Soak the bread in the milk mixture for about 20-30 seconds per side.
  3. Cooking the soaked bread slices in a buttered skillet over medium heat until golden brown.
  4. Make the caramelized pears and pecans: Heat the butter, sugars, and water in a pan over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved and ingredients are combined.
  5. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low and allow the sauce to simmer and thicken.
  6. Place the peeled and quartered pears cut side down in the caramel sauce and allow to simmer for 3 minutes.
  7. Flip pears to the other cut side and simmer 3 minutes more.
  8. Add pecans, stir to combine, and simmer 1 minute more.
  9. Spoon over the french toast.

The above is simply a quick summary of this recipe. Check out the free printable card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

A skillet full of melted butter.

Recipe Substitutions

I think this recipe for Pecan French Toast with Caramelized Pears can be pretty flexible if you want it to be.

  • Don’t have pears? I bet green apples would be a wonderful substitution.
  • Don’t like pecans? Leave them off or substitute them with another nut that you love.
  • Just want the french toast? Just make the french toast. Top it with whatever you love.

How to Reheat French Toast

If you have leftovers of this pear and pecan french toast, I recommend reheating individual slices in a 300F oven or in the toaster. I avoid microwaving french toast because it usually becomes rubbery.

Reheat the pecan pear topping separately in a saucepan over medium heat.

What Goes With French Toast?

Not sure what to serve with french toast? Here are some suggestions:

Two pieces of french toast being cooked in a skillet. Another skillet contains pears and pecans.

More Fall Breakfast Recipes:

These Pumpkin Spice French Toast Cups are made with a pool of caramel sauce on the bottom and are topped with streusel. Perfect for fall breakfasts and brunches!

These Fresh Cranberry Muffins are flavored with classic gingerbread spices and molasses, making them the perfect holiday or Christmas muffin recipe!

These Apple Oatmeal Pancakes are on the healthier side but taste decadent enough to serve around the holidays!

This Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is a great make-ahead oatmeal recipe to make all fall and winter. It has all the delicious flavors of your favorite pumpkin pie while still providing great nutritional value to start your morning off right.

This easy Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake recipe uses Bisquick as a shortcut and is ready in just 30 minutes! It’s the perfect fall breakfast or brunch.

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French Toast with Caramelized Pears and Pecans

French Toast with Caramelized Pears and Pecans

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

French toast is taken up a notch with a caramelized pear and pecan topping. Make this Pear and Pecan French Toast for breakfast this weekend!

Ingredients

French Toast

  • 3/4 c milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 tsp flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 6-8 pieces bread, preferably a thick rustic bread sliced 1 inch thick
  • butter for the pan

Caramelized Pears and Pecans

  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1/3 c white sugar
  • 2 Tbs water
  • 2 pears, ripe but firm
  • 1/2 c pecan halves

Instructions

French Toast

  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Combine flour, salt, and sugar.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together milk, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Add dry ingredients and whisk to combine.
  5. Pour milk mixture in a shallow dish, such as a cake pan or pie plate.
  6. Soak the bread in the milk mixture for about 20-30 seconds per side.
  7. Melt 1 Tbs butter in the skillet.
  8. Transfer the soaked bread to the skillet.
  9. Cooking about 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
  10. Add more butter to the skillet for each batch.


Pears

  1. Heat the butter, sugars, and water in a pan over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved and ingredients are combined.
  2. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low and allow the sauce to simmer and thicken while you prepare the pears, stirring as necessary.
  3. Peel the pears.
  4. Cut into halves and core.
  5. Cut each half into quarters.
  6. Place pears cut side down in the caramel sauce and allow to simmer for 3 minutes.
  7. Flip pears to the other cut side and simmer 3 minutes more.
  8. Add pecans, stir to combine, and simmer 1 minute more.
  9. Serve on french toast.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 269Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 33mgSodium 269mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 3gSugar 23gProtein 5g

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Ann

Sunday 20th of January 2013

I was looking for a way to use up some leftover pears and stumbled upon this recipe. This was delicious! My husband and I are definitely adding this to our list of favorite weekend brunch recipes.

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