French Toast with Pear-Cranberry Compote
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.
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare compote (Step 1), cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days; reheat before serving.
To stale bread naturally, store at room temperature in a paper (not plastic) bag for 2 to 5 days. If you don't want to wait, bake sliced bread on a large baking sheet at 250°F until crisped and dry, 15 to 20 minutes.
2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 medium-fat meat, 1 fat