The French call it “pain perdue” (lost bread). In Germany it is “arme ritter” (poor knights). Here in North America it is commonly known as French toast.
Looking back to when I was a kid growing up, one of my favourite breakfast memories is waking up on a Sunday morning to the smell of my mom’s French toast. She would often make this for us as a special weekend treat.
The wonderful spices that I loved in it were cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.
The smell of these spices made me happy. It made me feel good. The smell of mom’s French toast filled the air, and I just couldn’t wait to dive into it.
Even now, the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla take me back to my childhood.
French toast… there’s nothing better than thick pieces of bread dipped in a nice egg batter and fried to a golden touch in butter. Then having sweet syrup smothered all over it. This never failed to satisfy me as a child.
I love French toast; it’s so quick and easy to make but still completely satisfies and makes you feel special. I always think of French toast as a special treat for a weekend breakfast or brunch made for those you love.
Instead of my childhood favourite of store bought sweet syrup, I’m going to show you a different way to add sweetness to your French toast. Something that you can make to fancy up your French toast to make it extra special!
Sure the orange compote is an extra step but it doesn’t take that long to make. I added some fresh whipped cream to top it all off just because I like it. It looks nice and it tastes nice. Sometimes you just need some whipped cream in your life!
Why did I choose orange? In the morning, the first thing I usually like to eat is an orange. An orange, like the sun, to me, represents the start of a new day. The sweetness of an orange energizes me and helps to kick start my day the right way.
That’s what I want to do with you. Show you how to kick off your day with my French toast with Orange Compote.
So to make this delicious breakfast treat I’ll start with the Orange Compote.
First I zested my orange with my current favourite gadget, my Cuisipro Fine Rasp Grater, making sure to just get the top layer of the peel, the part with all of the orange flavour.
Then I made sure to cut off and get rid of all of the white pithy rind of the orange. Orange rind is bitter, and I want my compote to be sweet.
I thinly sliced the rest of the orange then simmered it with water and sugar until the sugar completely dissolved.
Real “pain perdue” as the French call it, was originally made from old dried out white bread so if that’s what you’ve already got, then good for you.
For my French toast I used homestyle white bread from the bakery at my local grocery store. They have a bread cutting machine there, where you can slice it the way that you like, so I set it to 7/8 inch slices. I love thick sliced bread. And when making French toast it holds up well, doesn’t fall apart when soaked in the egg mixture.
Adding ground cinnamon (my favourite being Saigon cinnamon), freshly grated nutmeg, and pure vanilla extract makes this French toast taste and smell so good!
Freshly made whipped cream really tops it off , creating new memories in my quest for the best.