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French Toast with Poached Quince

Quince are a similar fruit to a pear and when poached become soft and sweet. In this recipe we’re using the warming spices of the season to give a lovely hint of spice to classic french toast. Along with maple mascarpone and toasted hazelnuts, you will definitely be the hit of brunch with this french toast dish!

French Toast with Poached Quince

Quince are a similar fruit to a pear and when poached become soft and sweet. In this recipe we’re using the warming spices of the season to give a lovely hint of spice to classic french toast. Along with maple mascarpone and toasted hazelnuts, you will definitely be the hit of brunch with this french toast dish!
French Toast with Poached Quince

Prep Time

20 min

Total Time

1 hour 40 min

Serves

4 people

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Ingredients

Poached Quince:

2 quinces, peeled, cored and cut into half-inch slices

3 cups water

6 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp maple syrup

1 cinnamon stick

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp ground clove

 

French Toast:

8 slices calabrese bread (thick slices)

1 cup milk

4 eggs

Pinch cinnamon

½ tsp vanilla

½ cup hazelnuts

1 cup mascarpone cheese

1 tbsp maple syrup

Butter for frying pan

Instructions

Poached Quince:

  1. To a pot add the quince slices, water, sugar, cinnamon stick, nutmeg and clove.
  2. Stir and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  3. Turn down the heat to low and gently simmer until the quince is tender, about an hour, with the lid on the pot almost all the way leaving a small gap.
  4. Simmer until it reaches a desired consistency. (We like to be able to cut a slice with a spoon). Then, remove from the heat.
  5. A note on colour: The colour the quince turn will range from golden to a pink-ish hue and is dependant on where the quince come from and their ripeness. Either way, you will get a delicious poached fruit!

 

French Toast:

  1. Mix together mascarpone cheese and maple syrup and set aside.
  2. Heat the frying pan to medium heat and add the hazelnuts, toasting until fragrant and golden, about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the pan and lay on a dry dish towel, cover for about a minute and then rub the skins off the hazelnuts. Chop and set aside.
  3. Mix together the milk, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla in a bowl until well combined.
  4. Heat the frying pan to medium heat and add butter. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture until well coated and add it to the frying pan (should be able to cook 2-3 at a time).
  5. Cook for about 5 minutes on the first side and 4-5 on the second side, until golden brown on each. Repeat with all bread slices.
  6. Top french toast with mascarpone, poached quince and toasted hazelnuts and a little more syrup if you please.

TIPS

  • Make the poached quince ahead of time, let cool to room temperature and store for up to a week in the fridge in a container.
  • For a dessert option, serve over vanilla gelato or with the maple mascarpone above and the toasted hazelnuts

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