French toast with berry compote is a fun way to enjoy fresh berries. The berry compote comes together quickly and adds a wonderful summer taste to this classic breakfast dish. A few days ago, Emma made an amazing loaf of bread. After tasting it, I knew her sweet orange zest bread would also taste fantastic as french toast. Boy, was I right! Who wouldn’t be tempted to eat thick, soft bread that is soaked in an egg mixture, sprinkled with cinnamon and mixed spice and then cooked in butter? Make sure you spoon some of the sweet berry juice from the compote over the edges of your crisp french toast. Feel free to add a garnish of fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
To experience the full effect, drizzle on some Canadian maple syrup, and give a generous dusting of powdered sugar all over the top and sides.
Now, your french toast is picture perfect and ready for you to taste. Hungry?
For the French Toast
- 7 eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 Tbsp sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter the griddle
- 8 slices of day-old sweet bread, cut into 3/4 to 1 inch slices
- 1/2 cup maple syrup for serving
For the Berry Compote
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1 cup blackberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp water
Making the Berry Compote
- Put the berries along with the water and 1/4 cup of sugar into saucepan and bring it to a simmer.
- Occasionally, stir the berries until the sugar has dissolved and the berries have softened, about 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
Making the French Toast
- Whisk the eggs, heavy cream, milk, 3 Tbsp of sugar, mixed spice, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
- Pour the egg mixture into a 9 X 13 pan. Dip the sweet bread slices in the mixture until they are moistened. Turn the bread over coat the other side.
- Over medium heat, melt 3 pats of unsalted butter in a large cast iron skillet.
- Cook the soaked bread slices, a few at a time, in an iron skillet until they are golden brown in color, flip the bread once.
- Keep the cooked French Toast warm by placing them on a baking sheet in a 220 F oven. Cover loosely with foil.
- Serve the warm French Toast with butter, berry compote, maple syrup and a light dusting of powdered sugar.
Try making French toast with our sweet orange zest bread. It is divine.
You can also use brioche or challah bread.