Pear French Toast

Caramelised Pear French Toast

Caramelised Pear French Toast - Layers of squidgy, fluffy and sweet banana toast topped with caramelised pears, with a drizzle of maple and some creamy yoghurt. The pears add a delicious seasonal element.

Serves 3

Ingredients

For the caramelised pears:

  • 3 pears, sliced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 6 slices bread of choice — chunky white or sourdough
  • 375ml (12.6 fl oz) plant-based milk
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 210g (7.4 oz) self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • Oil, for frying

Optional toppings:

  • Plant-based yoghurt
  • Nut butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Toasted walnuts

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
  2. Add the pears to a baking tray then drizzle with maple and cinnamon. Toss to combine. Bake for approx. 25-30 minutes until soft and caramelised.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the milk, maple syrup, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and salt.
  4. Mash up the banana and add it along with the dates to the mix. Stir well.
  5. Pour some of the batter into a shallow dish (with sides), now add a slice of bread, then lift or flip the bread over to make sure both sides are coated.
  6. Heat a little oil in a large frying pan (medium heat) then add a bread slice and cook for a few minutes per side, until golden brown. Repeat with the other slices.
  7. For a stack of French toast — place the first slice on a plate, spread over peanut butter and then place the next slice on top. Repeat.
  8. Top the third slice with the pears and yoghurt and a sprinkle of nuts and maple. Or you can just serve one slice topped with everything!

Vegan Life tip

The key to getting a fluffy French toast is making sure the batter is really thick and sticks to the sides of the bread and coats it really well. Encase the bread in the pancake-like batter and watch it fluff up.

Recipe from My Vegan Year: The Young Person’s Guide to Going Plant-Based by Niki Webster (£14.99, Welbeck Children’s) available now.