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French Toast with Pear-Cranberry Compote


From EatingWell:  September/October 2013

This healthy French toast recipe is fragrant with vanilla and spiced with cardamom. Paired with a sweet-tart pear-cranberry sauce, it’s a delicious way to use any bread that has gotten a little stale. Look for dried lemon peel (for the compote) in the spice section of well-stocked supermarkets or use lemon zest.

4 servings | Active Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 50 minutes



French Toast


  1. To prepare compote: Combine pears, cranberries, water, sugar, honey, lemon peel (if using) and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have broken down and the pears are very tender, 30 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.
  2. To prepare French toast: While the compote is simmering, whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon cardamom in a medium bowl. Place bread in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, in 2 layers if necessary. Pour the egg mixture over the bread. Let sit until the compote is done, occasionally turning and pressing gently to help the bread soak up all the egg mixture.
  3. Preheat oven to 200°F.
  4. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until melted and hot. Sprinkle the bread with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cardamom. Add 2 slices bread, cardamom-side down to the pan. Cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to the oven to keep warm. Repeat in three more batches with the remaining butter and bread.
  5. Serve the French toast with the warm compote.


470 Calories; 13 g Fat; 6 g Sat; 5 g Mono; 177 mg Cholesterol; 70 g Carbohydrates; 19 g Protein; 10 g Fiber; 559 mg Sodium; 464 mg Potassium

4 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 medium fat meat, 1 fat

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