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Crunchy Brioche French Toast with Maple Roasted Pears

May 6, 2015

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Confession time. The brioche loaf I used to make this delicious Crunchy Brioche French Toast had been in my freezer for almost four months. It’s still good, right?

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I’m going to say YES. I know this because I scoffed a piece of this once the camera was packed away and I am still here to tell the delicious tale.

I first had some Crunchy Brioche French Toast at Three Williams in Redfern a while back and it immediately got filed into my “must recreate at home” file. A cold and wet Sydney weekend was the perfect time to open that file and use up the, um, vintage brioche.

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The secret ingredient here is, wait for it, crushed cornflakes. The soggy brioche is encrusted with the golden flakes then fried in butter. Perfection really.

The maple roasted pears couldn’t be any easier if you tried. In a tray with maple syrup then in the oven. You could do it with any fruit you liked. Rhubarb? Figs? Yes to all of the above.

This is a perfect weekend brunch that is totally fancy without actually requiring any fancy ingredients. Win. Maybe you can make it for Mother’s Day?

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Tell me about the oldest thing you found in the freezer?

Crunchy Brioche French Toast with Maple Roasted Pears
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 4 buerre bosc pears
  2. 4 tablespoons of maple syrup, plus more to serve
  3. 4 thick slices of Brioche
  4. 3 eggs
  5. 3/4 cups of milk
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1 tablespoon of sugar
  8. 1 1/2 cups of cornflakes, crushed
  9. 20 grams butter
  1. Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and line a baking dish with baking paper.
  2. Halve the pears and place them in the dish.
  3. Pour over the syrup and place in the oven for 15 minutes.
  4. Turn the pears and roast for a further 15 minutes.
  5. After you turn them, begin the french toast mix by beating together the milk, eggs, vanilla and sugar.
  6. Dip each slice of brioche into the mix and then straight into the corn flake crumbs, coating both sides.
  7. Heat a pan over a medium heat and add half the butter.
  8. Once the butter is melted, add two pieces of the french toast and cook for 5 minutes on each side.
  9. Repeat with the remaining butter and brioche.
  10. Serve the french toast with the maple roasted pears and some more maple syrup.
  1. The brioche absorbs the mix quite quickly, unlike regular bread. Don't let it sit in the mix!
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13 thoughts on “Crunchy Brioche French Toast with Maple Roasted Pears

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    This looks all kind of amazing. I’m thinking the roasted pears on their own would double up as a delicious dessert served up with some ice cream. Yum! My freezer is small but always full and it’s a vast abyss, I probably have some things from ancient times in there, I just haven’t found them yet! Vintage is always good!

  2. Lizzie {strayed table}

    Nothing wrong with raiding the freezer. I am doing it today, finding all sorts of bits that need to be used up. Love the idea of adding cornflakes to make the french toast crunchy. Will be giving that a go for sure.

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