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Taking French toast beyond the traditional

If you’re looking for a twist on breakfast – or breakfast any time, as you make the rules – you might want to give these French Toast Sticks with Pineapple Orange Topping a go. Using bran flakes adds a creative crunch to traditional French toast, which is then jazzed up with a tropical fruit topping made with pineapple and orange.

You can also experiment by changing up the topping, using your favourite fruit like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples or pears.

Turn this breakfast fave into dinner by serving up hard-boiled or poached eggs. Serve it with a green salad for a quick and easy meal.

Needing about 10 minutes of prep time and another 10 minutes of cooking time, this recipe isn’t just for leisurely mornings. That’s even more so when you make extra pieces of French toast and freeze uncut – just pop them in the toaster to reheat on busy mornings.

French Toast Sticks with Pineapple Orange Topping

  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. grated orange rind
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup bran flakes, crushed
  • 4 slices whole-grain bread

Pineapple orange topping:

  • 1 tsp. soft non-hydrogenated margarine
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 large navel orange, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup diced pineapple

In a large bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, orange rind, vanilla and cinnamon. Place bran flakes in a plate. Dip a slice of bread in egg mixture and coat both sides well. Dip one side of the bread into bran flake mixture.

Heat a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium high heat and spray lightly with cooking spray. Cook coated bread slices, bran flake side down, for about 3 minutes or until golden. Turn over and cook for another 2 minutes or until golden. Repeat with remaining bread slices. Place French toast on a baking sheet and keep warm in a preheated 120°C (250°F) oven.

Meanwhile, in another nonstick skillet, melt margarine and sugar over medium-high heat. Add orange and pineapple and bring to a simmer for 2 minutes to warm through.

Cut each French toast slice into 4 sticks and serve pineapple orange topping on the side or on top.

Serves 4.


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