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.
Serving Size: 2 slices & about 1/2 cup compote
473 calories; protein 18.3g; carbohydrates 71.2g; dietary fiber 9.1g; sugars 31.2g; fat 13.5g; saturated fat 5.9g; cholesterol 177.3mg; vitamin a iu 551IU; vitamin c 8.2mg; folate 65.8mcg; calcium 240.6mg; iron 3.2mg; magnesium 83.8mg; potassium 491.9mg; sodium 544.6mg; thiamin 0.4mg; added sugar 19g.