French Toast With Cherries

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Recipe: #36713

March 30, 2021

Categories: French Toast

"From our weekday newspaper The West Australian. Times are estimated. NOTE full recipe title is French Toast With Cherries, Orange Syrup and Ricotta."

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (650.7 g)
  • Calories 867.8
  • Total Fat - 35 g
  • Saturated Fat - 14.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 942.7 mg
  • Sodium - 761.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 93.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.5 g
  • Sugars - 59.8 g
  • Protein - 46.6 g
  • Calcium - 544.6 mg
  • Iron - 6.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 85.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

To cook the orange syrup, place the sugar, orange zest and juice in a small saucepan with 2 tablespoons water over medium heat and cook, swirling pan for 6-8 minutes until sugar has dissolved and then let stand at room temperature until ready to use.

Step 2

Whisk the eggs, milk, spices, lemon zest in a bowl and working with 2 slices of read at a time, dip into the mixture, turning once, to lightly soak.

Step 3

Heat some butter in a large non-stick frypan over medium-high heat and working in batches, cook the bread for 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through and then keep warm while you cook the remaining slices.

Step 4

Divide the toast among plates and top each with ricotta and cherries and spoon over a generous amount of orange syrup and scatter with pistachios and serve immediately.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the bread for the French Toast, it is best to use a day old white bread.
  • When using the cherries for the recipe, make sure to pit and halve them before using.

  • Instead of white bread, use whole wheat bread. This substitution will add more fiber and nutrients to the dish, making it a healthier option.
  • Instead of ricotta, use Greek yogurt. This substitution will add a tangy flavor to the dish, as well as a boost of protein.

Berry French Toast Substitute the cherries with 500 grams of your favorite berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries. Cook the berries with the orange syrup for a few minutes until they are softened. Top the French toast with the cooked berries instead of cherries.

Fresh Fruit Salad - A light and refreshing accompaniment to the sweet and creamy French Toast With Cherries, Orange Syrup and Ricotta. The combination of sweet and juicy fruits will balance out the richness of the toast and provide a healthy boost of vitamins and minerals.

Maple-Glazed Bacon: Crispy, smoky bacon glazed with a sweet maple syrup. This savory side dish will complement the sweetness of the French Toast With Cherries, Orange Syrup and Ricotta while providing a delicious contrast in flavor. The salty bacon will also help to cut through the richness of the dish, making it a perfect pairing.


Q: What type of bread should I use?

A: Use day old white bread for this recipe. It should be thickly sliced for best results.

Q: How long should I bake the bread?

A: Bake the bread in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

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Fun facts:

French Toast is a popular breakfast dish in many countries, with different variations across the world. In France, it is known as 'pain perdu' meaning 'lost bread', as it was traditionally made with stale bread to avoid waste.

Famous French chef Julia Child is credited with popularizing French Toast in the United States. In her cookbook, she suggests serving it with orange syrup, like in the recipe above, and adding a pinch of nutmeg for a delicious twist.