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Pear-Mascarpone French Toast

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


  • 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 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup, optional


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining cinnamon. Carefully dip both sides of bread in egg mixture (be careful to not squeeze out filling).
  • In a large skillet, melt remaining butter over medium heat. Cook stuffed bread on both sides until golden brown. Serve with syrup if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 321 calories, 23g fat (12g saturated fat), 159mg cholesterol, 238mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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  • 86county
    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
    Sep 22, 2009

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

  • jamesandannie
    Nov 23, 2008

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