Pomegranate Pear French Toast

Pomegranate Pear French Toast

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  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 firm-ripe pears – peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom, divided
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup mascovado or brown sugar, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate arils
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 8 (1-inch) slices day-old brioche, challah or French bread


In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add pears and sauté until golden and soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon cardamom and sauté 1 minute longer. Remove from the pan and keep warm. In the same pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter and add pomegranate juice and sugar. Simmer until liquid is thickened and syrupy, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in pomegranate arils and remove from the heat.

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, remaining 1/8 teaspoon cardamom and salt; pour into a large, shallow pan. Soak bread in a single layer in the egg mixture, turning once. Let stand so the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes per side.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 bread slices and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side; transfer to a warm platter. Repeat with remaining butter and bread. Top with sautéed pears and drizzle with pomegranate syrup.

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