Tested till perfect Baked French Toast With Caramelized Pear Sauce
Baked French Toast With Caramelized Pear Sauce
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Baked French Toast With Caramelized Pear Sauce

This all-in-one saucy French toast bake is a sweet breakfast treat for a crowd of hungry guests. For the best texture, use pears that are ripe yet still firm.

By Amanda Barnier and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: January 2013

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
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  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Total time 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Portion size 10 to 12


  • 4 4pearpears, (such as Bartlett or Anjou)
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupbutter, softened
  • 1 cup 1cuppacked brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspcorn syrup
  • 1 cup 1cupthawed frozen cranberries
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspall-purpose flour
  • 6 thick (1-inch/2.5 cm) slices 6 thick (1-inch/2.5 cm) slicesegg bread
  • 1-1/4 cups 1-1/4cupsmilk
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupwhipping cream, (35%)
  • 5 5eggeggs
  • 1 tsp 1tspvanilla
  • 1 pinch 1pinchnutmeg
  • 1 pinch 1pinchsalt


  • 2 tbsp 2tbspgranulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspcinnamon
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Peel, core and cut pears into 1/4-inch (5 mm) thick slices; set aside.

In skillet, melt butter over medium heat; cook brown sugar and corn syrup, stirring, until sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute.

Add pears and cranberries; cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Whisk flour with 2 tbsp water; whisk into pan and cook until pears are tender and sauce is thickened and syrupy, about 12 minutes. Spread in greased 13- x 9-inch (3 L) baking dish; let cool for 20 minutes.

Layer bread over pear mixture. Whisk together milk, cream, eggs, vanilla, nutmeg and salt; pour over bread. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 24 hours.)

Topping: Stir sugar with cinnamon; sprinkle over bread. Bake, uncovered, in 350?F (180?C) oven until puffed and golden, about 50 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information Per each of 12 servings: about

cal 302 pro 6g total fat 12g sat. fat 7g
carb 43g dietary fibre 2g sugar 28g chol 116mg
sodium 187mg potassium 226mg

% RDI:

calcium 8 iron 10 vit A 12 vit C 3
folate 15
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