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
this was so easy and tasty, I'll make it time and time again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has become my families all time favorite breakfast meal. My kids always request it if they have a friend over as a special treat. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a brunch and all my guests LOVED it!!! I used Special K cereal to coat the bread instead of what the recipe called for. Be sure to cook the french toast in the pan before putting it on a cookie sheet, or else it will stick to the cookie sheet! Not good! This only happened to a few of my pieces of french toast. I don't eat bacon but I made it for everyone else and they loved it! Great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was wonderful! I had to cut the recipe in half because I didn't want 12 pieces of french toast. While eating this, my husband looked at me and said, "You're such a great cook!" Cost of ingredients $10.00, gas to drive to the store $6.00, compliment from my husband.....priceless. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe. I make it all the time and I've made it for all my friends. They all make it now too. Great for lazy Sundays! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't eat french toast, or eggs of any kind, and this is my favorite breakfast. The toast is crispy, the bacon is delicious, I can't say more! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my goodness this is the best french toast I have ever had...YUMMY! I made this for Fathers Day Brunch and everyone raved about it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is AWSOME!!! Althought I left out the fruit. I made it for my family because the are my Guinne pigs when I try something new and they loved it. The especially love the bacon. The only thing I did not like was the cleanup for the bacon...But I learned to line the broiler pan (that catched the drippings) with foil and it makes the clean up soooooo much easier. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were pretty easy to make and even easier to eat! my guests loved them and so did i! I didn't make the bacon, but the french toast was a big hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
try it try it try it! best french toast ever, i made it on valentines day for my hubby, and to make things a little easier i put together the egg mixture the night before, so in the morning we we good to go. maybe the only thing it needed was a touch of whipped cream ;) item not reviewed by moderator and published
THIS IS A REALLY YUMMY FRENCH TOAST. EVERYONE LOVED IT. THANKS RACHEL JANET item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe this weekend and maybe I didn't blend the spices well enough but it didn't look that pretty, though it tasted pretty good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved, Loved, Loved. This was so great. I ate seconds even though I was so full. It was the best thing I ever tasted in the morining. If I could I would eat it all day. Easy to do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum (o) Lots of trouble but worth it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Added sugar and cinnamon to corn flakes, great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved this, even tho I omitted the fruit topping (it was just for 2 people, and that topping would have cost about $25 for the fruit!) It was pretty easy and the Challah was awesome for french toast. I used Frosted Flakes instead of Cornflakes. the bacon was good too even tho i burnt it a little (oops). I'll definitely make this breakfast again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really loved this dish. The Grand Marnier was especially wonderful. I will do this again tomorrow!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We tried this just as a treat, for ourselves and this was fantastic and so easy!! I'm not a big cook but this was very doable and we did it in the 30 minute time frame. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh. yum. I haven't tried the bacon yet, but the toast is delish! Don't waste your time on the fruit, everybody just wants syrup and butter. Rachael was just trying fill time by adding another recipe in there. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very excited about this recipe but disappointed with my results. It was tough getting the corn flakes to stick to the bread and they burned a little while cooking. The bread was also mushy in the middle. I found it overall to be very bland and not worth the time and effort. item not reviewed by moderator and published
After seeing this episode, I just happen to find the Challah bread in my local grocery store bakery and couldn't resist trying it out on my family. I rarely use recipes but I loved it. The family (even the picky ones!) enjoyed this tasty treat. This is brunch is not only YUMMY but is ELEGANT and fit for company! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was un to make, but I think I would try it next time with Cinnamon toast cruch cereal instead of the corn flakes which were too dry! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A friend and I decided to make this for our husbands and it was great! Adding the cereal to the outside of the toast made it even better than regular french toast and with the fruit on top - YUM! I will definitely make this again especially if we have out of town guests stay at our house. They will LOVE it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The bacon with brown sugar cooked in the oven was a HIT. We also loved the french toast, but there was a little something missing (maybe that cornflakes aren't very flavorful). Didn't make the fruit topping, went with syrup instead. Good recipe, quick and easy. Will make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have not made the french toast but the bacon is AMAZING (and I'm not even a big meat eater, much less bacon)! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Crunchy--Sweet--Fruity. Follow the instructions for the french toast. The bread has to be thick and should go in the oven. The bacon can be cooked on the stove and add sugar right before it's done. The fruit topping is so good. Make sure the berries are fresh and not frozen though! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for brunch and it was a hit. The french toast was amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The end result, especially in terms of taste and texture, was SO not worth the effort--bland and chewy. Looked very nice, though. . .which made it all the more anti-climactic. Sorry, Rachael. . .but we'll keep watching. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My daughter and I made this for Father's Day and loved it. We are maple syrup lovers (only the real stuff) and served it with that instead of the fruit. If entertaining, I might serve fruit on the side. The bacon was to die for! I used light brown sugar as I already had it--was great. You think you are eating candy! My tip--line the bottom of the broiler pan when baking the bacon to make clean up super easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVED this and it was INCREDIBLY easy... item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family & I love this French Toast recipe. Even though I've never been able to find the bread it calls for, if I let the bread sit out overnight it eliminate's soggy results (An Alton tip). Those of you who've been left with soggy bread, or burned corn flakes could also try adjusting the heat until you find what works best. I made the bacon & just sprinkled it lightly with the sugar. I thought it was great and the clean up was a snap. (Line the pan with foil, couldn't be easier) Thanks Rachael....keep 'em coming! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe yesterday for Father's Day and it was delicious! The challah bread and the fruit topping were a great combination. I will definitely make this recipe again! The mimosas were good also! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love cooking and trying new things so i thought id cook this yummy recipe. The toast was realli soggy and didt have ne flavor to it. i didnt have any bacon so i subsituted that for sausage. i cooke the sausage in a pan and that was the best thing. I made this for fathers day, but instead of giving him the french toast, i gave him toast. ps- I guess im not that expeirenced with cooking, maybe thats why lol. only rachael can do it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
EASY AND DELICIOUS item not reviewed by moderator and published
First Batch too dry not enough flavor on its own. Adjustments: Added 1 tablespoon of sugar and 2 tablespoons of Grand Marnier to the egg soak and soaked over night. Pulsed in blender 6 cups of Special K Vanilla Almond flakes and 1 cup sliced almonds. Grill in clarified butter on my 325 degree pancake grill for 2 minutes on each side. Placed on foil lined pan in middle rack in 350 degree oven for 3 minutes on one side and 4 minutes on other. Remove promptly and pour pure maple syrup over French toast. Top with fruit soaked in 2 tablespoons of orange juice concentrate. Grand Marnier fruit made me a little "tipsy". Next time I will double spices, sugar and Amaretto for this recipe. Enjoy the crunch. My husband doesn't usually favor French Toast. He said this was fabulous. Enjoy the great crunch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried out the french toast using a store bought loaf that I cut into thick slices and it turned out great. I think that next time I will make the slices a little thinner so that the egg mixture can make it to the middle of it. Great way to jazz up french toast. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it! My husband made it and I fell in love, it has to be the best French toast recipe ever. Keep truckin Rachael. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Crunchy Vanilla Almond French Toast recipe was wonderful. Now I am preparing it for a Church Brunch with about 30 people. Its. Light, fruity, with a new flavor for french toast. My family loves it and wants me to make it every weekend. It's so quick and easy and just wondeful. If I had a resturant this would be featured on the menu. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didnt think that my picky boy eaters would like this but I tried it any way. They loved it. I bought Special K with almond in it and it was great item not reviewed by moderator and published
The French toast was the best I ever had. The crunch on the outside was a great touch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this is really good, but I'm not so sure about the flakes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The French toast was a huge hit but the bacon left a little to be desired. Next time I'd just microwave the bacon to get it crispier. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easier to make than I thought. It sure gives french toast a boost! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this brunch. The toast was perfect and the bacon had a nice flavor as well. I did have to cook the bacon about 10 minutes longer but it was worth it. I'll serve this meal again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was good, but not over the top. The toast was crunchy and tasty, and the fruit was very, very good. My opinions ... use way less sugar on the bacon (as I did), and cook it longer (or broil some, and soak the bread in the egg mixture for a while before cooking. Definitely pretty on the plate though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for breakfast for company and was so pleased with the taste and presentation. Looks like you went to alot of trouble when it's really fairly easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not your every day h0-hum french toast! We make home-made sourdough bread, then make the french toast! Loved all around in our house! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was a crowd pleaser and very easy for the "cook" to prepare. Everyone thought I really fussed for them. So to keep them happy, I did not let them know how easy it was! Enjoy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
the french toast was good, a little difficult to get the hang of things untill the second or third batch. Also, the bacon I could have done without. I used even less sugar than recommended and it was still extremely sweet. I'll probably delete the brown sugar next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was absolutely delicous. My mom loved it! It was so much better than soggy french toast that we usually have. I didn't try the bacon, however it sounds great. The fruit topping was a must on top of the french toast. However, Diana from Kingsburg, CA seemed to have a differant thought on this. I just have to say that she must have done something wrong because this is a huge hit! All in all, a great meal! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't tried the french toast yet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like this french toast & bacon combo for entertaining because you can pop it in the oven and not worry about it while you spend time with your guests. The bacon in particular has been a HUGE hit with all of my guests (I've made it at least 4-5 times). If there are leftovers (very rare), they make EXCELLENT fillings for BLTs. Beware that a very fatty bacon does not work well for this recipe since it burns easily and makes a mess. A thick-cut, meaty bacon is best. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will never ever make my regular every day french toast EVER again. This is just too good!!!!!! Crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside, awsome!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe really was just as easy to prepare in my kitchen as it was on TV. Very tasty, a big hit with everyone I serverd it to. Thanks Rachel! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is so filling that we loose the desire to have more just after having half a slice of the toast. The flakes also becomes soggy and the whole recipe gives a feeling of high fat!!! Though it looks good, it doesnt tastes or feels that good. Though the idea has to be appreciated. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a husband, not cook. However, i prepared this dish, french toast, the food was great, my wife and family enjoyed the dish. My sister in law stated it was the best french toast she has ever had. good job Racheal item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple, the results tasty and prepared within 30 minutes. (you have to preheat the oven and get the bacon in right away). item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used honey bunches of oats with bannanas. this was outstanding and easy. Everyone loved it. Must try!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really enjoyed this french toast even though we used maple syrup instead of the fruit topping. Next time I'll smash the cereal & nuts a little more--some of the pieces were a little too big. I think the point is that it shouldn't be "dust." Also, this a great way to cook bacon but it took a lot longer than 30 minutes. Maybe I put too many slices on the pan. Eventually it got crunchy and the french toast did not suffer even after being in the oven a little longer. We'll definitely make this again. It's some effort initially but then you can relax & chat until it's done. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best way to cook bacon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't make the French toast, but I will. It never occured to me to use brown sugar on bacon, and I had heard about baking bacon. Bacon is usually boring for me, but this is the ONLY way I'll make it! The only thing I'd do differently, is to increase the baking time. The bacon was cooked, but a little limp. I prefer mine to be crunchier, so I'll try 10 or up to 15 minutes longer. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only tried the bacon recipe. My family didn't care for it. The bacon comes out limp and not crispy. They didn't like the flavor from the brown sugar and the clean-up was horrific. The cooked brown sugar on the broiler pan took like what "30 minutes" to clean! Will not make again...sorry Rachael! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is wonderful and easy enough that my five year old son was able to help me prepare it. My entire family loved the flavor of the vanilla with the almonds and my children loved the "crunchiness." I have a feeling that I will be making this a lot! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this recipe being prepared on t.v. and thought "I could do that!" Wrong! The french toast was not cooked evenly, the almonds and corn flakes burned while I was trying to get the egg mixture underneath to cook. If you like raw eggs, maybe this will work for you. It cooked great without the coating, so I do recommed the mixture. The bacon...well, leave it in the oven for 45-50 minutes, it was not done in 20-22. I suppose if you turn up the temperature it could be done in that short amount of time. I did not attempt the fruit topping. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the french toast and the bacon for a "girl's" brunch, and was lauded as the Goddess of Breakfast Food. It's so easy I think I'll be making it at home for myself some -- for any meal. It was that dang good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tip- Use Special K Vanilla Almond ceral. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The cornflake and almond breading was absolutely amazing, and finishing it off in the oven gave it that perfect consistency you'd find in a restaurant. Both my parents bragged about it for over a week! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We tried this for Easter brunch and it came out perfectly! I followed the recipe to a T, except I omitted the orange liquor. It was cruncy and delicious. I will definitely make this again, even for guests. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, easy and really good on a Sunday Morning! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Best French Toast Ever item not reviewed by moderator and published
This received oooohs and aaahhhhhhhs when served for Easter brunch. Tasty, simple to make and eye-pleasing, this recipe is already a family favorite! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe before I decided to serve it for Easter Brunch. I don't typically like French Toast, however, this was one recipe that I loved and will continue to make. It was delicious and my kids loved it also. I'm trying it this Easter weekend with a cinnamon raisin bread for my family. I'm sure it will be a great hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The French Toast and Bacon were a hit. This was so easy to make and the tast was wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My sister Jamie and I made this for our mother on Mother's Day and it was a BIG HIT!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was really excited to make this recipe and although it was super easy to make, it wasn't easy to find that particular kind of bread. I went to 4 grocery stores and I couldn't find it! I ended up just buying french bread. The french toast wasn't very good flavor, it was somewhat soggy and gummy, and it was too thick. The bacon was super-limp because of the recipe's call for too much brown sugar. All in all, I wasn't impressed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
something different but tasty item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very Tasty! Would be excellent for company. my kids loved it and the bacon was out of this world. The family couldn't get enough. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is fantastic and the combination with the fruit topping is just out of this world. If you have a special visit or even if you would like to do it for a nice brunch for your love one, it is highly recommended! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I saw this and ran out to buy the ingredients to make it! We were not disappointed! We omit the fruit topping (because of time and money), but it is still delicious! We have recommended it to everyone! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for a brunch this morning (I like to do hearty breakfast/brunches every Saturday). I baked a fresh loaf of Challah bread for this - wow, talk about delicious! I omitted the almonds (husband doesn't like), used Special K instead (that's what I had). Still came out great! The bacon smelled wonderful baking, and my husband raved over it. I didn't make the fruit topping, but I did serve with strawberry syrup. I'll make this one again, definitely! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My name is Amy from San Francisco and i am 15 years old, I made this dish for my mother on her birthday and we both enjoyed it so much! Thanks to 30 Minute Meals we had an awsome time together and we also had a fun time making it! Thanks again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I prepared this delicious breakfast for my husband they day of our anniversary. He loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a chef at a luxury retirement community, and the residents absolutely loved this dish! I omitted the fruit topping due to my time constraints, but they loved it just the same served with a simple maple syrup! I reccomend the use of the challah bread as suggested!! Makes a gorgeous presentation with the caramellization!! A crowd pleaser and sure to be a repeat offender on Sunday mornings!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was extremely easy and really jazzed up my french toast! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We tried both the bacon and the french toast and really liked it. We will be making it again for sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
french toast is excellent.don't even need the fruit top.best french toast ever.thanks wayne item not reviewed by moderator and published
I only tried the French Toast portion of the recipe. It cooked perfect and looked great. With the coating it was very meaty meal. The people who didn't like french toast like it the best because it was different. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best french toast I have ever tasted, bar none! The only thing I did different was to cut my bread one inch thick to make sure that it soaked up the batter. My husband thought it was desert for breakfast. This one is a keeper!!!! Thank you Rachel for a fabulous recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wuick and easy - I even substituted skim milk (as that was all I had on hand) and it tasted just as good. It was extremely filling and we could only eat a piece each. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made BLT's with this bacon on thick-sliced Hawaiian bread since I saw this show! Now all my friends are hooked on this bacon with brown sugar. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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