Crunchy Vanilla-Almond French Toast with Fancy Fruit Topping, Sweet-n-Smoky Bacon

Total Time:
37 min
Prep:
12 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Bacon:
  • 1 pounds applewood smoked bacon
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • Toast:
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground or freshly grated
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups corn flakes, lightly crushed
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, lightly crushed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 12 (1 1/2-inch-thick) slices challah bread or soft "Italian" style bread
  • Medium or dark amber maple syrup to pass at table
  • Mint sprigs and edible flowers, suggested plate garnish
  • Fancy Fruit Topping:
  • 1 large navel orange, peeled and chopped
  • 12 large strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 pint blueberries
  • 1/2 pint raspberries
  • 1/2 pint blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Arrange bacon on slotted broiler pan. Sprinkle with brown sugar and place in oven to bake until crisp, 20 to 22 minutes.

Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

In a shallow dish, beat together with a wire whisk: eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon. In a second shallow dish combine flakes and nuts. Add 2 tablespoons butter to warm skillet. Place a cookie sheet lined with foil (for easy clean-up) near the stove. Coat 4 to 6 slices of bread in egg, depending on the size of your skillet, then coat bread in cornflakes and nuts. Cook slices 2 minutes on each side and transfer toast to cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining slices and transfer toast to oven. Bake 10 minutes, with already cooking bacon.

While bacon and toast are in oven, combine fruit, sugar and liqueur in a serving bowl and reserve.

Remove toast and bacon from oven. Warm syrup in a small pitcher in microwave 15 seconds on high. Serve toast and bacon on plates with optional garnish of mint and edible flowers.

Pass syrup and topping at the table.


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Just made the french toast for my wife for Mother's day and skipped the bacon & fruit topping. She told me that it was top three meals she's ever eaten. Tried a few other crunchy french toast recipes and none have come out nearly as well as this one. One suggestion to those reading the reviews is to make more of the corn flake/almond mixture than you think you need. Also, make sure you put your french toast on a rack inside the cookie sheet so the bottoms don't stick to the pan and they cook evenly. Great/easy recipe & will definitely make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my Mom's Birthday Brunch and it was a huge hit! I used pecans instead of almonds, because those are her favorite. We also used a Honey Baked Ham instead of bacon, keeping that warm in the oven at the same time as the French toast was really easy. Especially because you have plenty else going on with chopping, pan frying, etc. The mixture of all the flavors was what I personally liked...by the time I sat down. ;- Sweet, crunchy, gooey, salty, tangy, tart. Served with super great coffee. A very happy birthday brunch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made the french toast this morning for my boyfriend and son. It was easy to make. I burnt the first toast I placed in the pan but once I adjusted the heat it was better. The toast came out crunchy on the outside and soft inside. I didn't make the fruit topping because that is not my thing. This is a great holiday breakfast. I plan to make it again for Christmas morning. As Rachael would say yum-o. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We have made this as our Christmas Morning breakfast for the last 3 years and it is WONDERFUL. We found that it is cheaper, quicker and tastes better if you use Special K Almond Vanilla cereal instead of the corn flakes for the french toast. Also if you like your bacon crisp make sure you give yourself some extra time or put on broil for the last few minutes. Overall this is an outstanding recipe!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We made this really special recipe for my husband as an "in bed" breakfast treat...he LOVED it!!! My suggestions are: if you line the cookie sheet with foil (it does make clean-up a snap!) spray the sheet with Pam first...our French toast stuck badly to the foil. Instead of orange liqueur I used orange juice with orange marmalade mixed in (I just guessed the amounts); then add the sugar. It was perfect on the fruit. The bacon was OUT OF THIS WORLD!! Seriously, you must try it!! I didn't have a broiler pan, so put it in a baking dish...it didn't crisp up, so I fried it for a bit afterward to get it crisp...best bacon we've ever had!! We also had scrambled eggs with asparagus; it's a great partner with the sweetness of the French toast and sweet bacon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made it twice already my husband loves it, and he's picky :) thanks for the recipe. I used honey bunches of oats, works lovely. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe a few times now, each time to rave reviews. I substitute Special K Vanilla Almond for the corn flakes, which adds a sweet twist and perfectly crunchy almonds. I also use fresh grated nutmeg and cinnamon to both the egg mixture and cereal. Thank you for posting this recipe which turns an ordinary breakfast into an extraordinary treat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my company and everyone loved it! I personally love crunchy texture, so this was much better than regular french toast. I couldn't find any of the recommended bread, so I just bought a loaf of texas toast bread and it was really good. It was beautiful and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was easy to follow and turned out well, go with quality bread and you won't go wrong. And be careful not to burn your toast! The bacon for us was the best part-sweet and salty and so easy to make! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for father's day a year ago and it was a success. The bacon in the oven with the brown sugar was fantastic. The french toast was also really excellent. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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