Lemon French toast with poached plums

Lemon French toast with poached plums

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins

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Serves 4
Can be rustled up in a matter of moments using storecupboard ingredients - and a bag of plums

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving (without creme fraiche or ice cream)

  • kcal331
  • fat15g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars28g
  • fibre2g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.78g
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  • 2 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 100ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 4 tbsp caster sugar
  • 4 slices bread or brioche, cut in half diagonally
  • 50g butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 450g plums, halved and stoned



    The juiciest fruit in the stone fruit family, plums come in many different varieties, some sweet…

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream, to serve


  1. Mix the eggs, milk, lemon zest and 1 tbsp sugar in a shallow dish. Add the bread, then turn in the liquid until well soaked.

  2. Put 2 tbsp sugar and 25g butter in a frying pan, then heat gently until the sugar has melted. Add the plums, then fry until they are softened and the juice is golden brown, about 5 mins. Add the lemon juice, then heat gently to make a light syrup.

  3. Heat the remaining butter in a large non- stick frying pan, then add the slices of bread and fry on each side until golden brown. Put two slices on each plate, sprinkle with the remaining sugar, then spoon over the plums and their juices. Serve as they are or with crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream.

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dreamweaver's picture
9th Jan, 2016
Its a Christmas Eve tradition to have this for breakfast, we have it with ice-cream and only have the plums its the kids aren't eating it, otherwise its maple all the way!
27th May, 2013
superb, hubby and 2 teenage boys polished this off in approx 3 mins, we live in France so great way to use up day old baguette!
22nd Oct, 2012
I added vanilla and a pinch of salt to the eggs. I used 6 of those brioche rolls, split length ways, this soaked up nearly all the egg mix. I used much less butter, ii poured some of the plumb frying butter into the toast pan and added a little bit more to do the French toast. I think brioche is so rich that you can get away with much less butter to get a nice golden colour. It didn't need the extra sugar at the end. My 4 year old wolfed it down with Greek yoghurt.
27th Aug, 2011
I made these for my parents - didn't have brioche so used stale croissants! Brioche would be better but they were delicious nevertheless!
12th Jun, 2009
Sorry everyone, a stray bit of another recipe had found its way onto the bottom of this one. Have now removed it. Thanks, Emily
15th Feb, 2009
i made this once with apricots, since I didn't have plumbs. It tasted great!! Just divine!!
31st Dec, 2008
Chocolate Monkey Bear - you are right! Where do the greengages and pastry come from?? Apart from that it sounds delicious, gonna try it for breakfast tomorrow as part of my New Years resolution to get fatter ;)
5th Oct, 2008
Are there two recipes mixed here???
19th Sep, 2008
Delicious! Fantastic breakfast and very easy.
12th Sep, 2008
Love it. Did not have plums, so i used pears...... i could eat this for breakfast everyday...
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