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!