Cinnamon French Toast with Berry Compote
Cinnamon French Toast with Berry Compote is a nice idea for a special breakfast or brunch. It looks pretty, it's healthier than a fry up and it's a very easy recipe. I make Cinnamon French Toast using brioche which I think is tastier than bread. Some of the preparation can be done the night before, and it's a quick and easy recipe that kids can help with.
I have made this recipe as healthy as possible, using skimmed milk and the minimum amount of eggs. I tried baking a couple of slices of Cinnamon French Toast, but they took ages to cook and stuck tight to the baking sheet. Instead of frying in butter, which is the traditional way, I used a little sunflower oil which is more healthy being unsaturated rather than saturated fat.
Instead of serving the Cinnamon French Toast with syrup, I made a really simple, slightly more healthy berry compote. I used frozen berries which are cheaper, and retain their shape better during cooking, than fresh. If you prefer, swap the compote for fresh berries and a drizzle of honey.
Cinnamon French Toast with Berry Compote: Serves 4:
Time: 10 mins prep + 10 mins cooking + 30 mins chilling time
Cost: 42p per serving
Calories: 300 per serving
For the Cinnamon French Toast:
- 8 slices of brioche (I used a pre-sliced 400g loaf)
- 2 eggs
- 100ml skimmed milk
- 2 level teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon sunflower oil for frying
For the fruit compote:
- 200g frozen mixed berries
- 75g brown sugar
- Start by preparing the Cinnamon French Toast, (which can be done the night before). Whisk the eggs, cinnamon and milk together until smooth. Take a large, shallow dish and lay the brioche slices in the bottom. Pour over the eggy mixture evenly and leave the brioche to soak for 30 minutes in the fridge (or overnight).
- To make the fruit compote, place the berries and sugar in a pan and warm gently until the berries release their juices. Simmer gently for a few minutes until the mixture has a jammy texture, but be careful not to cook the berries so much that they start to break down. Leave to cool while you make the French Toast
- Heat a little oil in a large frying pan and carefully give it a wipe with some kitchen roll to remove the excess oil. Fry the slices of French Toast, two at a time, for around 2 minutes on each side until golden brown and piping hot inside. Keep the cooked slices of French Toast warm until ready to serve. Serve with the warm berry compote.
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