If you love French toast you must try this recipe! Is it the challah bread that makes this recipe stand out or the blueberry Meyer lemon compote? I’m not sure if it matters! The combination of the two along with the slightly sweet and tangy mascarpone makes this breakfast a treat. Give it a shot this Easter. While your family happily scarfs it down you can quietly sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee. A bit of silence and a cup of coffee in my hand is my idea of a perfect morning.
Challah bread is so pretty and so damn delicious. I bought this bread at our local Whole Foods. This bread is perfect for French toast, because it is sturdy and won’t fall apart when you cook it. Also, it is spongy so it will absorb the custard really well. If you want to make your own bread head to King Arthur Flour for the recipe. Are you worried you might screw up the French toast on Easter morning? Head to Bon Appetit for the 7 most common French toast cooking mistakes. Read and learn…I did.
I made a blueberry Meyer lemon compote, because I feel like I need more compote in my life. No, just kidding. I saw a chef make a compote on Chopped and I thought: I should try that. So I did. I used frozen blueberries, but I can’t wait until blueberries are in season. Fresh blueberries will really make this standout. The Meyer lemon juice and zest adds a nice brightness and acidity to the sweet berries.
I love mascarpone because of its subtle flavor. I added a little lemon juice, lemon zest, confectioners sugar and salt to the cream cheese. I then stuffed the French toast with it. I wouldn’t eat this everyday, but a decadent breakfast once in a while is necessary. Treat yourself…and your family!
The kids and Bubba loved it. Happy spring and happy Easter!
Challah French Toast with Mascarpone and Blueberry Meyer Lemon Compote
Serves 4 or 8 large pieces
recipe barely adapted from Ina Garten
Ingredients for French Toast:
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp. Meyer Lemon zest
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbsp. agave nectar or honey
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 large loaf challah bread
canola or vegetable oil
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, lemon zest, vanilla, agave nectar, and salt.
Slice the challah in 3/4-inch thick slices. Soak as many slices in the egg mixture as possible for about 5 minutes, turning once. I did 3 at a time.
Over medium heat, heat 1 tbsp. butter and 1 tbsp. of oil in a large sauté pan or skillet. Cook the soaked bread for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until nicely browned.
Place the cooked French toast on a sheet pan and keep it warm in the oven until ready to serve.
Fry the remaining soaked bread slices until it’s all cooked. Add more butter and oil to pan if necessary.
Serve hot with mascarpone cheese and blueberry lemon compote. Enjoy!
Ingredients for Blueberry Meyer Lemon Compote:
recipe barely adapted from Ellie Krieger
2 cups frozen blueberries
3 tbsp. water
1/4 cup sugar
zest and juice of one Meyer lemon
Mix 1 cup of the blueberries, water, sugar, lemon juice and zest in a small saucepan. Cook the berries over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add the remaining cup of blueberries and cook for 8 minutes longer, stirring frequently. Serve warm. If you have any leftovers; save and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Use the compote as a topping for vanilla ice cream or Greek yogurt!
Ingredients for Mascarpone Sauce:
1 8 ounce container Mascarpone, slightly softened
Confectioners’ Sugar, to taste ( I used about 2 tbsp.)
pinch kosher salt
zest and juice of one Meyer lemon
In a small bowl mix together the Mascarpone, 2 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar, pinch of kosher salt and the zest and juice of one Meyer lemon. Mix until smooth. Spread a heaping spoonful on a piece of cooked bread, top with another piece of cooked bread. Pour as much compote as you like all over it and enjoy!
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One of my favorite food blogs is Dash and Bella. I love the recipes, writing and photography. Check it out if you haven’t already! Phyllis’ recipe for Baked Baguette French Toast is on my must try list. The photo alone will make you want to save your baguette scraps for next weekend’s brunch!
Need or want a vegan French toast recipe? What’s Cooking Good Looking a recipe for vegan eggnog French toast. I think I will make this next Christmas. Yum!
Need to prep breakfast the night before? Head to How Sweet It Is for Cinnamon Sugar Sourdough Bake with Whipped Greek Yogurt Cream. Yes. You read that right. Whipped. Greek. Yogurt. Cream.
French toast can be healthy! Cookie and Kate has a whole grain banana baked French toast recipe with a peanut butter drizzle. Sounds amazing! If you want to avoid peanut butter, because of an allergy sub in Sunbutter. It tastes just as good!
I love chocolate and bananas together. I love oatmeal. This recipe by FoodieCrush is making me drool.