Father’s Day Brunch: Cinnamon French Toast With Compote

September 1, 2011


Cinnamon French Toast:

• 4 large eggs

• 1-1/4 cups low-fat milk or plain soymilk

• 3 teaspoons vanilla extract

• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/4 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg

• 8 slices bread

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

POM Apple Compote:

• 1 cup POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
• 1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise

• 1/2 cup dried, pitted cherries

• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

• 9 apples

• 1/2 cup real maple syrup


• 1 cup arils (seeds) from 1 to 2 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates

• Powdered sugar as needed


Cinnamon French Toast:

• Score 1 to 2 fresh pomegranates and place in a bowl of water, break open the pomegranates under water to free the arils (seed sacs), the arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top, sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl, reserve 1 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside, (refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use)

• In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg. Place the bread slices in a flat casserole dish, and cover with the egg mixture, let soak for 5 to 10 minutes

• Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a 30cm nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add the slices of the soaked bread to the pan and cook until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side

• Top the cinnamon French toast with the warm pomegranate apple compote, sprinkle with powdered sugar and garnish with fresh pomegranate arils

POM Apple Compote:

• Heat pomegranate juice in a small saucepan over medium heat until it simmers, turn off heat; add sliced vanilla bean and dried cherries

• Let rest for 15 minutes until cherries are plump, scrape vanilla beans out of the pod and add them back into the compote; discard the remaining pod

• Heat a 30cm skillet over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in the pan and add the sliced apples. Cook the apples until they begin to soften but still hold their shape, about 5 to 6 minutes

• Add the maple syrup to the apples along with the pomegranate juice with the cherries, simmer until the juice reduces to syrup, about 5 to 8 minutes

What are you serving dad this Father’s Day?

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