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Vanilla Maple French Toast with Fresh Fruit

Thick-sliced brioche serves as a base for this aromatic French toast; top with chopped nectarines, strawberries, and walnuts.


8 slices thick bread (brioche or Texas toast)

2 eggs

2 cups skim milk

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 cup nectarines (diced)

1 cup Markon First Crop Strawberries (diced)

1/2 cup walnuts


Heat milk in sauce pan until it begins to steam (do not boil). Whisk in maple syrup; transfer to a small mixing bowl. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and eggs; whisk to combine. Dip each piece of bread, one at a time, into the mixture. Place on hot griddle and brown both sides. Remove and cut in half from corner to corner. Place four halves on each plate (two full slices) and garnish with fruits and nuts.

NOTE: to reduce calories, the maple syrup was added to the batter to help caramelize the toast. There should be no need for more syrup on top.