Some days are extra boring and dull, for such days you need a little extra boost. I found the idea for that extra boost in the crisper drawer of my refrigerator where I saw a few lonely, forgotten pears sitting, waiting to be used. Thankfully there were a few bread slices too that were about to go stale. The whole scheme of things came together in an instance – French toast drenched in a caramel cinnamon syrup, topped with sweet and sour cooked pear chunks.
Now that sounds like a lot of work but, believe me, I fit that exactly into 15 minutes that I got between ironing my husband’s shirt and blow drying my daughter’s hair. And even managed to take a picture for you before these insanely delicious Caramel French Toast were attacked and devoured.
Deciding whether I should put them in breakfast or dessert category has taken a lot longer than it took to imagine and cook them! I know these rich and indulgent caramel French toast are a big sugar overload for breakfast but that’s the only time of day I allow myself to indulge in such a perfect treat because I know I have a long day ahead full of chores to burn away the calories.
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
a pinch salt
6 white bread slices
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
Olive oil or butter for frying
Crushed almonds for garnishing(optional)
Whipped cream for topping(optional)
This Is What You Do:
Cook over medium heat till the butter is melted and sugar dissolved. Add cinnamon and a pinch of salt, reduce heat to a simmer. Continue to cook till the pears are slightly tender and sauce thickens to pancake syrup like consistency.
Remove from heat and set aside while you prepare the caramel French toast.
Whisk eggs and the remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a deep plate till sugar dissolves and the mixture becomes creamy. Add milk and vanilla, whisk some more to blend everything.
Heat oil or butter in a large frying pan on medium heat.
Dip a slice of bread in the mixture to coat both sides completely. Place the toast in the pan, cook till crispy and caramelised on one side, almost two minutes. Flip and cook the other side. Perfect French toast should be soft and gooey inside and crisp golden brown on the outside.
Repeat with remaining bread slices.
To serve, generously top toasts with pear caramel mixture. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, crushed nuts and whipped cream if desired.