Baked French Toast with Berry Compote

Author: Canadian Living

Soaking the bread before baking gives the French toast a light, souffle-like texture.

  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup 10% cream
  • 6 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange rind
  • 3/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 16 Italian bread
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
Berry Compote:
  • 2 cups thawed or fresh blueberry
  • 2 cups thawed or fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange-flavoured liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

Method

In large bowl, whisk together milk, cream, eggs, orange rind and vanilla. Dip bread into mixture, turning to coat. Place in two 13- x 9 -inch (3 L) glass baking dishes; pour any remaining mixture over top. Let stand until absorbed, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 12 hours.)

In large skillet, melt 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the butter over medium heat; fry 4 bread slices, turning once, until golden. Transfer to parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining bread. Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until puffed, 5 to 7 minutes.

Berry Compote: Meanwhile, in saucepan, combine blueberries, raspberries, sugar and liqueur. In small bowl, mix orange juice with cornstarch; add to saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 5 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 24 hours. Rewarm to serve.) Serve with baked toast.

Nutritional facts Per serving: about

  • Sodium 422 mg
  • Protein 12 g
  • Calories 421.0
  • Total fat 16 g
  • Cholesterol 167 mg
  • Saturated fat 8 g
  • Total carbohydrate 57 g

%RDI

  • Iron 18.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 49.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 13.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 15.0
  • Vitamin C 17.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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