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Blackberry Custard French Toast

Two slices of blackberry custard French toast served on a white plate
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Yields
4-6 servings

Freshly baked bread is used to make a decadent bread pudding, using local Southern California blackberries that grow year round, and it’s then doused in a homemade vanilla custard. Once baked, the pudding is sliced and dipped in an eggy batter before being seared on a flat top to golden brown perfection and finished with a beautiful blackberry compote and powdered sugar.

Courtesy of Chef Oscar Ayala of Wilma & Frieda.

Related: Monki Bistro’s Hazelnut Chocolate French Toast

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ingredients

Bread Pudding

1
loaf artisan sourdough bread
2 ½
cups blackberries

Custard (for bread pudding and to dip french toast in)

cup heavy cream
½
cup sugar
1
Tbsp vanilla extract
6
eggs

Blackberry Compote

1
lb fresh blackberries
1
cup sugar
½
cup orange juice

Toppings

Fresh blackberries
Powdered sugar
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directions

Step 1

For the bread pudding: mix eggs, cream, sugar, and vanilla together in a bowl by hand.

Step 2

Layer bread slices with fresh blackberries in a pan creating three layers.

Step 3

Pour the egg custard over the entire stacked pan and press down to ensure the custard mixture is fully soaked into the bread.

Step 4

Cover the pan with foil and bake it for 25 minutes at 350ºF.

Step 5

For the blackberry compote: place all ingredients in a pot and cook on medium heat, down to a liquid consistency. This cooks for about 5-10 minutes, just until it boils.

Step 6

Immersion blend it all in the pot. and set aside for plating.

Step 7

The compote is strained through a chinois to remove seeds. Set aside for plating.

Step 8

For the French toast: once baked and cooled, slice the bread pudding for French toast assembly.

Step 9

Using another egg custard mixture, dip the bread pudding slices.

Step 10

Place the dipped bread pudding slices on the griddle at medium heat and let it cook for 3-5 minutes per side.

Step 11

To assemble: cut the French toast diagonally and plate it.

Step 12

Top with the blackberry compote and garnish with fresh blackberries and powdered sugar.

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