Lemon Curd French Toast with Strawberry Compote

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Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 1 1/2 hour


I found this in one of my recent Williams Sonoma catalogs and it sounded like a great breakfast treat that my entire family would enjoy.


Lemon Curd:

6 egg yolks

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup Meyer lemon juice

6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

French Toast:

4 eggs

2 cups milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out and set aside

1 loaf brioche, cut into 1/2 inch slices

Strawberry compote:

4 cups strawberries

1/2 cup sugar


1 cup ricotta cheese

1/2 cup heavy cream

2 Tbsp sugar

1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted


To make the lemon curd, fill a large bowl with ice and water. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice and butter until combined. Cook, stirring constantly with a heatproof rubber spatula, until the butter melts and the curd thickens enough to coat the back of the spatula, about 8 minutes. Immediately strain the lemon curd through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl and place in the ice bath. Stir until the curd is cool. Set aside.

To make the French toast, butter an oval Dutch oven or a large oval baking dish. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cream and vanilla bean seeds. Stir in the cooled lemon curd. Arrange the bread slices evenly in the prepared baking dish, overlapping the slices slightly, and pour the egg mixture evenly over the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat an oven to 350°F (180°C). Let the French toast stand at room temperature for 15 minutes, then bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the strawberry compote: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the strawberries and sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until the berries start to break down and the liquid released by the strawberries thickens, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.

To make the topping, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together the ricotta cheese, cream and sugar until soft peaks form, about 4 minutes.

Remove the French toast from the oven. Let cool for about 10 minutes. Top with the strawberry compote, whipped cream and pine nuts and serve warm. Serves 6 to 8.