French Toast {Brioche} with Warm Berry Compote

31 May

BLD Restaurant’s pastry chef, Mariah Swan, bakes buttery brioche for this crisp French toast, which she tops with a warm berry compote. Since I don’t have access to Mariah Swan, I am using Brioche from Whole Food Market.
The compote comes together in less than 10 minutes but tastes surprisingly complex for something so quick.
  • 1 pound mixed fresh berries, such as strawberries and raspberries, sliced (4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Unsalted butter, for the griddle
  • Twelve 3/4-inch-thick slices of brioche (from 2 small loaves)
  • Crème fraîche, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 225°. In a medium saucepan, combine the berries with 1/4 cup of the sugar and the water and bring to a simmer. Cook over moderate heat until the berries are softened and the sugar is dissolved, about 8 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the heavy cream, the remaining 3 tablespoons of sugar and the ground spices. Transfer to a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  3. Heat a large cast-iron griddle and lightly butter it. Working in batches, dip half of the brioche in the egg mixture, turning once, until moistened but not soggy. Transfer the bread to the griddle and cook over moderate heat, turning once, until golden and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the French toast to a baking sheet, cover loosely with foil and keep warm in the oven while you cook the rest. Serve the French toast with the berry compote and crème fraîche.

MAKE AHEAD The berry compote can be refrigerated overnight. Serve warm.


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4 responses to “French Toast {Brioche} with Warm Berry Compote

  1. Kat

    June 2, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Sooo will you come cook this for me. It looks amazing but I would rather someone else make it for me. I will make the pancakes that you made on Mother’s Day for Mom and I soon. I loved that recipe… best pancakes I have ever had!

  2. Elizzard-breath

    June 5, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    OK I will be there on the 24th so, right around the 25th ,26th would be be a great time for this breakfast……. Can’t wait

  3. Elizzard-breath

    June 5, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Oh yeah, I forgot to say.. ” Great dishes. Where in the world did you get those ? “

  4. chumpman

    August 28, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    this looks so good. simple but delicious. my gf is jotting down the recipe as i type now LOL


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