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French Toast with Caramelized Pears and Pecans

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 French Toast with Caramelized Pears and Pecans.

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’m pretty confident that some bread from here would make excellent french toast – our Costco sells it!).

I got busy experimenting on what in my mind was the perfect french toast.

I think this recipe for French Toast with Caramelized Pears and Pecans 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.

Substitute them with another nut that you love.

Just want the french toast.

Just make the french toast.

Top it with whatever you love.

It’s all about eating what you enjoy.

As it happens, we particularly enjoyed it 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.

 

 

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

I love using a thick, rustic bread to make French toast. I feel it gives the best texture, and then adding these amazing caramelized pears and pecans really takes it to the next level.

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

GoodLifeEats.com offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although GoodLifeEats.com makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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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.