Easy Eats: French Toast with Caramelized Pears

French toast is my absolute favorite morning dish. Ever. Almost every brunch out I order it and anytime I need some comfort food — even at dinner time — it’s what I make.  This particular combination of Brioche French Toast with Caramelized Pears I made one Sunday morning at a friend’s house in New York City.  We got to eat it off of these cute monster plates…

…which honestly made the whole morning even more fun. And caramelized pears are a bit like nutella: they make everything better.

French Toast with Caramelized Pears
French toast isn’t too difficult; technically you don’t even need a recipe — just milk and eggs, and one loaf of stale bread (brioche and challah are excellent choices, but any bread can be used). But if you’ve never made it before or are curious to how it’s really done, check out Alton Brown’s French toast recipe. That man knows his stuff. The only thing I do differently is add a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg to the mix.

As for the caramelized pears, peel and quarter (and remove seed area) on as many pears as you want; plan at least 1/2 to 1 pear per person. In a saute pan on medium to medium-high heat, melt better. Toss in pears and sprinkle with brown sugar. Cook pears until they soften and are sweet.
When your French toast is done, top it with the pears and a helping of maple syrup. Then “mmmmm” away.

Do you have a favorite breakfast food you’d love to see the recipe for? Let me know!


  1. Great Brandi, now I'm hungry for french toast. Perhaps what I'll have for lunch today. You can have french toast at any time. Yum!

  2. i love those plates! and alton brown's recipes are ALWAYS amazing – and stuff i would eat (being that i'm a picky eater)

  3. wonderful. alton brown was my first food guy crush. he still makes me swoon with his blend of science + eating love. i've made this french toast + loved it. have not done caramelized pears yet so i'll have to check that out.

    breakfast food is my favorite. i'm a two eggs + wheat toast kind of girl. but the thing that always tempts me in a restaurant are olloliberry scones with devonshire cream and/or the perfect scramble.

  4. Ana

    Ok, you got me when you said toasts and pears…. I love this recipe and I love seeing what you make and how you make it!

  5. YUM!! I have to admit that french toast is my fave breakfast food too – I try to be good though and not get it – except when we're in Columbus where I swear to god there's this place called Paul's that has the BEST french toast I've ever had!! I don't know what they put in it – but it's addictive!