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French toast with butterscotch apples & walnuts

Lesley Holdship

An indulgent weekend brunch dish

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10 mins


15 mins






  • 50ml whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 25g sugar
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 50g butter
  • 3 thick slices bread, halved
  • 25g light soft brown sugar
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into 8
  • 25g walnuts or hazelnuts
  • Dollop of crème fraiche, to serve


Whisk together the milk, egg and sugar.

Heat the oil and 1 tsp butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Check the temperature of the pan with a small piece of bread or 1 tsp of the egg mix. It should sizzle!

Dunk the bread into the egg mixture and place carefully into the frying pan. Cook for 3-4 mins until golden, then carefully flip over and cook on the other side for another 2-3 mins. Keep warm while you prepare the apples.

In the same pan, melt the remaining butter then add the brown sugar and cook for a moment or so until bubbling.

Add the apple wedges and cook until just starting to soften – about 5 mins. Turn the apples every so often so they are coated in the sugar mixture.

Add the nuts then serve with the French toast and a big dollop of crème fraiche.

Image: John Holdship

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