French Toast with Warm Apple Pecan Compote



Recipe Information

Total Time: 

60 minutes



This fruity French toast is a decidedly festive breakfast. And if you have leftover compote (hint: you can double the recipe), it's delicious as an ice cream topping, too!



  • 3/4 cup water or apple juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 cups apple, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons butter

French Toast

  • 1-pound loaf of soft-crusted bread (such as brioche or challah) cut into 1-inch thick slices
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. To make the compote, bring the water, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and raisins to a boil in a saucepan. Add the pecans, apples and salt. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cornstarch and butter and simmer another 3-5 minutes until slightly thickened. Keep warm while preparing the French toast, or prepare the compote the night before and reheat.
  2. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Place a metal rack in the oven to keep pieces of finished French toast warm while the rest is cooking. Melt a little of the butter in a large skillet (or two skillets to make the process go faster) over medium-low heat. Whisk the eggs, milk, maple syrup and salt in a large bowl. Soak each slice of bread in the egg mixture for about 30 seconds on each side. Place in hot skillet and cook each side for 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Add more butter for each new piece of toast added to the pan. Slice French toast into triangles and serve topped with warm apple compote.

Serving Suggestion

This fruity French toast is great for a festive family breakfast. You might want to double the compote recipe, since it’s a delicious topping for ice cream, too.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 369, Fat: 16 g, Cholesterol: 192 mg, Sodium: 450 mg, Carbohydrate: 60 g, Dietary Fiber: 3 g, Protein: 12 g