Monday, January 23, 2012

French Toast with Stewed Berries

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Our weekday mornings are so hectic with packing lunches and getting kids dressed and out the door that on the weekends I like to make something a little more special with the family. That is... when I'm not running out the door for a run, getting out the door to church, heading to the pool... you get the idea. So basically this "special" breakfast has got to also be quick, doable with toddler on hip, and healthy. Replacing maple syrup with stewed berries is not only delicious and pretty, it eliminates most of the added sugar from this typically high calorie breakfast.
  
I think these would be so cute for Valentine's Day. Or any day!



French Toast with Stewed Berries
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Serves 4

3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
8 slices bread (I use and recommend Challah)
1 tablespoon butter 

2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries and blackberries.
Agave syrup or stevia to taste if berries are sour
juice of half an orange

1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted (optional)

In a baking dish, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. 

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Dip bread in egg mixture to coat both sides, letting excess drip off.

Heat butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Cook bread until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer toast to a baking sheet and place in the oven for 5 minutes.

While french toast is cooking, place berries and  juice in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Stir occasionally and bring to a simmer. Cook until berries start to break up, about 10 minutes. Stir in agave or stevia until sweetened to your liking. Serve french toast with berries and sliced almonds.

{note} Like my heart french toast? Simply use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes after the french toast has cooked.
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61 comments:

  1. I seriously want to make each and every single recipe you post. What a wonderful dish to make using hearts around Valentines Day!

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  2. This is such a beautiful post and I love the healthy take on syrup. I know my family would be perfectly satisfied with these stewed berries and wouldn't miss the sugary toppings at all.

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  3. Love this idea! So pretty.

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  4. Perfect for valentines day! All your recipies look so good!

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  5. These look soooo yummy and pretty!! Great for Valentines!

    xoxo
    Petchie
    http://itsallofthelittlethings.blogspot.com/

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  6. I love this.
    Great!

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  7. What a cute idea for Valentines Day! LOVE it!!!

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  8. Absolutely beautiful and looks so yummy!

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  9. Like it :) it would be a perfect breakfast for Valentine's Day :)

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  10. You have my heart on this one- I absolutely adore french toast. And I often make berry sauce instead of syrup. In fact, my son requested it for the waffles I made last week!

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  11. Mmm, I love french toast - but I haven't had it in such a long time. It's a great relaxed morning breakfast. I love the little berry filled hearts - so cute! :D

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  12. OMG, could you have made this any prettier -

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  13. Looks perfect for Valentine's day weekend!

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  14. This looks so delicious and pretty too! Your photos look wonderful. I have a raspberry recipe twirling around inside my head, hopefully I'll get time to make it this week :)

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  15. What a fabulous idea, this is absolutely gorgeous! I'm doing this for Valentine's Day for sure, thank you for sharing this! xoxo

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  16. It's so beautiful that it would take me for ever to stop marveling over it and eat the breakfast! :) I would be late for sure!

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  17. these are gorgeous...lovely! WELL DONE!

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  18. Those are so adorable and look delish!

    www.cancerinthecity.com

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  19. So cute and it looks delicious!

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  20. Love this! And I love the hearts for valentines day!

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  21. So adorable and perfect for Valentines day. The berries are not only healthier but they really add that punch of color.

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  22. So adorable and what a perfect breakfast for Valentines Day. Not only are the berries healthier but they add a wonderful splash of color.

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  23. Perfect for Valentine's Day indeed! I think I need to go out and get some GF bread today just so I can make this tomorrow-can't wait until February!

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  24. This looks delicious and so pretty. Love the heart cutouts! :)

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  25. love, love, love!! hearts are taking over my cupcakes too - so excited about a month of heart shaped goodies! this french toast looks amaze. cheers! channing

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  26. Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!

    HeatherVonSJ[at]gmail[dot]com

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  27. These are adorable! I love berries with my french toast! I never had Challah bread, but I'll be sure to pick some up next time I'm at Trader Joe's.

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  28. Wow this is the cutest food I've ever seen!! My mom used to cut my sandwiches into hearts on Valentine's day. So fun!

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  29. hello lovely french toast. never met a french toast i didn't love.

    this is just the happiest.

    michele

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  30. Aww the little heart shapes are adorable! I love them!

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  31. Well aren't those the cutest!!!!! You made French Toast beautiful!

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  32. These are so pretty - I'd feel bad eating them! Although, I'm sure I'd get over that in 1.2 seconds :) xo

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  33. How ADORABLE is this french toast!!
    What a great idea for Valentine's too!!
    Heart it!! ;)

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  34. Lovely idea! I just made french toast too...but not as adorable as this...

    ~ Carmen

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  35. What a fun breakfast idea for Valentine's Day!

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  36. Darling! i love it Marina!! xo Sal

    www.bluebonnetsforsal.com

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  37. Adorable! And so delicious looking! I love french toast and haven't made it in a while. I think I'll take your idea and do some plates of 'love' :)

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  38. these will be perfect for valentine's day, but who wants to wait that long to make these! They look so delish! ;P

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  39. Yip, my weekday mornings seem to mirror yours, so I also try to make something special on Saturday and Sunday. My daughter would love these hearts, my son too but less for the asthetics and more for the taste :)(he eats like a bear cub)
    Thanks and take care...

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  40. I am so in love with this french toast! The recipe, the photos all of it! I also make "extra" special breakfasts on the weekends. Makes everyone feel so loved & happy!

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  41. It looks pretty and delicious!
    Love the heart cookie cutter idea for Valentine's Day ~ the kid's would get such a kick out of it.

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  42. What a great idea and I love them both ways! Perfect for Valentine's but also for any time you want to say "I love You!"

    How did you get the little pin it button that automatically selects a picture and has a caption? I love that - great for the blogger but it also saves time.

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  43. So much more delicious than maple syrup and a wonderful way to incorporating more fruit in the diet! I would jump out of bed for this :)
    Mary x

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  44. I've seen this done with regular toast, but french toast is a much tastier idea!

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  45. Love the heart! What a sweet idea and the French Toast looks amazing!

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  46. I'm sold on this recipe...very cute!!

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  47. Oh...my...gosh! I'm going to try this. We can't have milk, do you think rice milk will work ok?

    Oh, and you were tagged:
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  48. ohhhh....I die!!!! I's too bad I just made a little goal to loose another 5 lbs before my race:)

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    1. No no, Hanna, this no sugar added recipe is diet friendly :) Just the same as a piece of toast, eggs, and berries.

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  49. OMG, this is so adorable! Love love love the heart cutouts, so cute! :)

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  50. Oh I am pinning this beauty. What a delicious and sweet idea! You are brilliant!

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  51. Who knew French toast could be so beautiful! Leave it to you, Marina:) This recipe sounds wonderful!

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  52. Gorgeous! This is my first time to your blog, I love your photography, looking forward to following you!

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  53. oh my perfect for a valentine's day brunch! so pretty!

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  54. This looks delicious (and beautiful), the perfect Valentine's day breakfast! Nice recipe!

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  55. What a cute idea! Perfect for Valentines day! I always love your special touches you add. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  56. Hi Marina,

    I am hopping on over your page from Andrea @The Cottage Market - your blog is amazing with all these yummy goodies, including this one!!! Signing up as your newest follower and looking forward to all the inspiration here! Would love for you to stop by & visit my blog whenever you find the time! :)


    Hugs,
    Jessie

    acozycottageinthecity.blogspot.com

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  57. Mmm love this! Pretty presentation!

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  58. I love this. It's so perfectly pretty. I want an invite next time you make this for brunch girl!!

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  59. What a wonderful post! These look gorgeous and delicious, and perfect for Valentines Day! Our food lovers would LOVE this. We’d love if you’d check it out and contribute! http://bit.ly/yI0sZU Cheers!

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  60. I just made it for breakfast (valentines dayyy!!!) and i loved it :)

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