for the pear chutney:
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 yellow onion (about 1/2 cup finely chopped)
2 bay leaves
3 cinnamon sticks
1/3 cup bourbon
1/2 cup white wine vinegar (or other sweet vinegar)
4 pears (about 4–5 cups finely chopped)
2 tablespoons honey
a squeeze of lemon juice (optional)
pinch of salt
for the french toast:
6 slices bakery-style wheat bread (I like Archer Farm’s Harvest Grain bread from Target)
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
chopped pecan pieces for topping


1.The night before (if you can! if not, that’s okay, too), place the butter and onion in a small saucepan and saute for several minutes until soft. Add all the other chutney ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for 30-45 minutes, until the mixture is soft, sweet, and thickened into a texture like applesauce. If making ahead, store in the fridge.
2.Heat a nonstick pan or griddle over medium high heat. Cut the slices of bread in half so you have a total of 12 bread pieces. Whisk the egg yolks, half and half, milk, vanilla, and flour until smooth. Dip the bread in the egg mixture and transfer to the hot skillet. Fry for a few minutes on each side until golden brown (I don’t recommend using butter – try to use a skillet or griddle that has a very smooth nonstick surface that makes flipping really easy). When the pieces are golden brown, arrange on four plates.
3.If your chutney was made the night before, heat it back up again. Shmear the French toast with a little mascarpone, top with chutney, and sprinkle with pecans. For extra fun, scoop little spoonfuls of mascarpone over the French toast – the heat of the chutney will melt the mascarpone into pretty little pools of creamy and you will be in heaven.

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