Nectarine French Toast with Cherries

, from Issue #40. August, 2015
Photography by Manja Wachsmuth.
Nectarine French Toast with Cherries

Serves: 4


4 plain croissants, halved
½ cup mascarpone
finely grated zest 1 lemon
2 nectarines, thinly sliced
3 eggs
½ cup milk
3 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
butter for cooking

To serve
icing sugar
fresh cherries
thick plain yoghurt
pinch of ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 180˚C.

Combine the mascarpone and lemon zest and spread on the cut sides of the croissants. Arrange the nectarines on the bottom half then sandwich with the tops, pressing them firmly together. Whisk the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a bowl large enough to take the croissants in a single layer. Add the croissants and leave until well soaked on both sides.

Heat a large sauté pan with a knob of butter over a medium-low heat and cook the croissants for 1 minute each side until golden. Transfer to a baking tray and cook for 8-10 minutes to ensure the egg in the centre of the croissants is cooked through.

To serve: Cut the croissants in half and transfer to serving plates. Dust with icing sugar and serve with small bowls of yoghurt topped with a pinch of cinnamon and a few fresh cherries.