Pear-Mascarpone French Toast Recipe
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Pear-Mascarpone French Toast Recipe

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My twist on French toast features a spiced pear and cheese filling. This dish is great for Sunday breakfast or brunch with the family and is elegant enough for company. —Emily Butler, Canton, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 medium pears, peeled and finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) Mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/8 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
  • 8 slices French bread (1 inch thick)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 321 calories, 23g fat (12g saturated fat), 159mg cholesterol, 238mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, cook pears in 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat for 2-3 minutes or just until tender. Remove from the heat; cool completely.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cheese. Stir in the sugar, ginger, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and pears. Cut a pocket in the side of each slice of bread. Carefully fill each pocket with about 1/4 cup of pear mixture.
  3. In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining cinnamon. Carefully dip both sides of bread in egg mixture (being careful to not squeeze out filling).
  4. In a large skillet, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Cook stuffed bread on both sides until golden brown. Serve with syrup if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Pear-Mascarpone French Toast in Country Woman October/November 2008, p32

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86county User ID: 2212728 161204
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2009

"Mascarpone cheese is found in the specialty cheese section of most grocery stores. It is used for tiramisu. It is in a tub like a cheese spread. Very good."

lolovan User ID: 3812811 160438
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2009

"I never heard of mascarpone cheese, where do I find it?"

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