Caramelized French Toast with a Berry Compote

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Mother’s Day is around the corner and if Thomas doesn’t make us this Caramelized French Toast Recipe with a Berry Compote, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE AN ISSUE. Poppy is in 100% agreement! 

Looking for a fluffy french toast recipe? If you’ve never made French toast before, don’t worry – it’s easier than you might think. In this post, we’ll walk you through the basics of how to make perfect French Toast every time. We’ll also share our favorite topping that levels up this dish from a basic french toast recipe. So let’s get started!

Caramelized French Toast with a Berry Compote from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Imagine this… a classic french toast recipe flavored with vanilla and nutmeg, a Berry Compote laced with maple syrup and plenty of buttery goodness to give the bread a nice, caramelized finish and add an extra layer of flavor. Literally my version of heaven. This Caramelized French Toast Recipe is 100% going on the Mother’s Day Brunch Menu!

French Toast was always a mega-hit in our house growing up! It’s one of those meals that makes any holiday weekend extra special, and this Caramelized French Toast with a Berry Compote is truly perfection. Here’s the situation! First you need some amazing butter!!

You’re also going to need fresh berries. I used raspberries and blueberries but if you want to add strawberries, blackberries or pitted cherries… be my guest! All that’s left is to toast off some THICK slices of country bread and you are in business for a lovely, leisurely weekend brunch at home. Guaranteed this will be the the best french toast recipe you ever try.

Caramelized French Toast with a Berry Compote from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

How to make this Caramelized French Toast Recipe:

Combine eggs, egg yolks, milk, cream, salt, vanilla, nutmeg and sugar. Whisk well until evenly combined. Place the bread in a shallow dish that will fit the slices snugly. Pour the egg mixture into the dish to soak in the refrigerator. Four hours in, flip the slices carefully to ensure even soaking.

When ready to cook, place a large cast-iron skillet into a 425 degree oven. Remove the slices from the dish, letting any excess liquid drip off, and place on a plate. Sprinkle the bread evenly with the remaining sugar.

Carefully remove the heated skillet from the oven and add butter to the pan. Spread it around and add the sugar-coated bread, spacing evenly. Reduce heat and transfer the skillet back into the oven. Cook until the bottoms are evenly toasted and golden brown, 14 to 18 minutes.

Carefully remove the skillet from the oven with an oven mitt, flip the bread and add the remaining butter in slivers around the slices. Cook until the bottoms are nicely browned. Serve immediately with the syrup and berry compote.

To make the berry compote: heat blueberries in maple syrup until warm and nearly bursting. Remove from the heat and fold in raspberries.

French Toast FAQ’s:

What is the trick to French toast?

In my opinion it’s all about layering flavor! So the vanilla in this recipe is a very important step! Also, you need great thick bread that will stand up to the moisture you’re adding into the recipe

What is the most common mistake in making French toast?

French toast is a classic breakfast dish that can be enjoyed in countless different ways. However, despite its simplicity, there are still a few common mistakes that people make when preparing French Toast. One of the most common mistakes is using stale bread. While it may seem like French toast is the perfect way to use up old bread, the truth is that fresh bread absorbs the custard better, resulting in a richer flavor and more moist texture. Another common mistake is not using enough egg. The egg helps to bind the bread together and gives it a nice golden color when cooked. Finally, many people make the mistake of overcooking the French toast. This results in dry, rubbery slices that lack flavor. By following my classic french toast recipe and avoiding these common mistakes, anyone can make delicious French toast at home.

Why do people add milk to their French toast recipe?

You must add some moisture before you bake the toast or sear it!! That way it’s not too crispy!

What is French toast batter made of?

  • Eggs
  • Egg yolks
  • Whole milk
  • Heavy Cream
  • Kosher salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Grated nutmeg
  • White sugar
  • Butter

How do you make French toast that isn’t soggy?

The quick answer is to caramelize the bread. For this exact reason, Caramelized French Toast is the only type of French Toast that we make in our home. Not only does it elevate the texture of the dish, it also tastes better and holds the toppings better in my opinion.

Other French Toast Recipes and Sweet Breakfast Ideas:

This easy french toast recipe is everything you could want in a breakfast dish. The brioche bread is soft and fluffy, and it soaks up the egg mixture perfectly. The caramelized sugar on top gives it a crispy crust, while the berry compote provides sweetness and tartness to balance out the flavors. Plus, it’s pretty easy to make – just be sure to set aside enough time for the bread to soak in the egg mixture. If you’re looking for an amazing french toast recipe that will wow your guests, look no further than this one!

Caramelized French Toast with a Berry Compote

5 from 2 votes
A truly decadent french toast recipe: Caramelized French Toast with a Berry Compote makes the perfect fancy brunch at home recipe!!!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup white sugar, plus 2 extra tablespoons (divided)
  • 4 (2-inch-thick) slices country bread (Brioche or and Challah would also make incredible French Toast)
  • 8 tablespoons Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt
  • Maple syrup and berry compote for serving

For the Berry Compote

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions
 

  • Combine eggs, egg yolks, milk, cream, salt, vanilla, nutmeg and 2 tablespoons of the sugar. Whisk well until evenly combined.
  • Place the bread in a shallow dish that will fit the slices snugly. Pour the egg mixture into the dish to soak in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. Four hours in, flip the slices carefully to ensure even soaking.
  • When ready to cook, place a large cast-iron skillet into a 425 degree oven. 
  • Remove the slices from the dish, letting any excess liquid drip off, and place on a plate. Sprinkle the bread evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar.
  • Carefully remove the heated skillet from the oven and add 4 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt to the pan. Spread it around and add the sugar-coated bread, spacing evenly. Reduce heat to 400 degrees and transfer the skillet back into the oven. Cook until the bottoms are evenly toasted and golden brown, 14 to 18 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the skillet from the oven with an oven mitt, flip the bread and add the remaining 4 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt in slivers around the slices. Cook until the bottoms are nicely browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Serve immediately with the syrup and berry compote.
  • To make the berry compote: heat blueberries in maple syrup until warm and nearly bursting. Remove from the heat and fold in raspberries.

8 Comments

  1. If I don’t have the olive oil sea salt butter can I add those things to regular butter?

  2. 5 stars
    Yum! Making for Mother’s Day. 🙂

    Can I use frozen blueberries for the berry compote?

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