Fruity French Toast

I love cereal as much as the next college kid, but every now and then I like to change up my breakfast routine. Usually, I wake up with my stomach growling so whatever I make needs to be quick and easy. My recipe for Fruity French Toast is perfect because you can make part of it the night before. All you need to do is pop it in the oven when you wake up and throw the other pre-cut ingredients into a saucepan on the stove. You should be in and out of the kitchen in less than half an hour (including clean up time!) so you can get on with your day.

What You’ll Need

  • 4 mini baking pans
  • 1 non-stick saucepan
  • Plastic wrap
  • 2 large pink grapefruit
  • 2-3 peaches
  • 6 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • Agave Nectar

Directions

The night before:

  1. Cut off the crust of six slices of bread. Cube your bread into approximately 1-inch portions. Evenly dispense the bread into the base of the 4 mini pans.
  2. In a bowl, beat 6 eggs. Add in vanilla, ¼ cup of cinnamon, ¼ cup of sugar and the juice of one grapefruit.
  3. Pour the egg mixture on top of the bread. Cover in plastic wrap, place in the refrigerator and let it soak overnight.
  4. Take your peaches and remove the skin. Dice the peach into small pieces and place into a separate bowl.
  5. Use a citrus zester to remove grapefruit zest from your remaining grapefruit, approximately ½ a cup. You can add more or less according to your own preference. Add the zest to the diced peaches. Cover this in plastic wrap and leave refrigerated overnight.

The morning of:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Place your mini pans and place them in the oven. Leave in for 10 minutes. Make sure the egg mixture is cooked through in the center before removing from the oven.
  3. While your Fruity French Toast is baking, get out a saucepan. Fill with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Stir with a wooden spoon until blended.
  4. Place your bowl of peaches and grapefruit zest into the saucepan and stir. Cover the mixture and switch the burner on low. Stir continuously for 7 minutes.
  5. Immediately after removing your French Toast, evenly pour your peach mixture over top.
  6. Coat with extra cinnamon and sugar and drizzle agave nectar on top to serve.

Substitutions:

  • Dairy-free like me? Use Lactaid milk instead of regular.
  • Change up the bread with your favorite fresh bake loaf from the bakery down the road. If you’re gluten-free, try using gluten-rolls. For this, do not soak overnight or else the bread will disintegrate.
  • If you don’t like peaches, try strawberries or blueberries. The principle is the same, just change up the fruit. If grapefruit is too tart, orange also pairs nicely with many different combinations.

Original Recipe and Photos by Kelsey Price

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