French Toast ‘Fries’ and Berry ‘Ketchup’ {Recipe}

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By Contributor Tenille Fraser

Confess time-I love breakfast any time of the day. I think brunch is the best invention ever and breakfast for dinner is a special treat that I make on a night when hubby is working. For my boys and I it has become our thing. This easy recipe makes eating a breakfast staple seem fancy enough for dinner time, even for regular folk who don’t revel in the backwards awesomeness of ending their day with the breakfast.
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Now, why is that when you dress up a simple meal your kids will devour it like never before? We eat French toast often enough but I had some leftover bread after a dinner party but it was long and skinny and had a poor crust to squishy bit ratio that made it awkward to make anything with the next day. It was a bit dried out so my mind automatically flew to what the French call pain perdu ,which means lost (or wasted) bread. I trimmed the crust off the bread and had long strips which looked like French Fries, ooh la la. If I was going to going to run with this I had to have a ketchup to go with it, so I used berries and made a warm sauce that the boys went crazy over.

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French Toast ‘Fries’ and Berry ‘Ketchup’ {Recipe}

Yield: serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

For French Toast

◦8 slices of bread, cut into strips
◦2/3 cup milk
◦4 eggs
◦1 teaspoon vanilla
◦cinnamon and sugar to sprinkle on toast

For Berry 'Ketchup"

◦1 3/4 cup blueberries or strawberries (or a mix of both)
◦1/2 cup sugar
◦1 teaspoon lemon juice
◦2 tablespoons water

Directions:

French Toast ‘Fries’

If you swear by your own recipe please substitute it in, I will never know the difference!

Whisk together milk, eggs and vanilla. Warm a pan or griddle, melt butter.
Soak both sides of bread strips in egg mixture. Fry in melted butter until golden brown, flip and repeat. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar while still warm.
Serve with warm berry ‘ketchup’ sauce

Berry ‘Ketchup’

You may find yourself doubling this chunky berry sauce, just so you can have leftovers! The sauce is yummy on ice cream or greek yogurt or as jam on toast. I have been measuring my sugar a little less than the 1/2 cup if my berries are nice and sweet. I use blueberries and/or strawberries because they are lovely when you crush them just a bit in the sauce. It is a flavour explosion when you get a piece of the warm berry in the sauce.

Simmer all ingredients in a saucepan. Once they start to soften crush berries, lightly with a fork or a masher to make a chunky sauce. Simmer about 10 minutes, it will start to thicken a little. Serve warm. Save leftover sauce, it will keep for a couple of days in the fridge.

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35 responses to “French Toast ‘Fries’ and Berry ‘Ketchup’ {Recipe}”

  1. Jessica+L. — October 11, 2014 @ 10:53 am (#)

    Yummy!!! Love it.

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  2. Lee-Ann — October 11, 2014 @ 5:32 pm (#)

    Oh, what fun!! I will have to do this one Sunday morning!

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  3. Heidi+Carlson-reid — October 11, 2014 @ 6:45 pm (#)

    This is such a cute idea! My kids would love these!

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  4. Elizabeth+Matthiesen — October 11, 2014 @ 8:11 pm (#)

    I love this idea and it will certainly appeal to children – I also like Berry ‘Ketchup’ as a name 🙂

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  5. Mei — October 11, 2014 @ 8:59 pm (#)

    What an awesome idea!! I love brekky at dinner….makes dinner surprising and fun!

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  6. Julia T — October 11, 2014 @ 9:01 pm (#)

    This is a fun idea!

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  7. Jeannie — October 11, 2014 @ 9:02 pm (#)

    What a great idea!! I love it!

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  8. Anne+Taylor — October 12, 2014 @ 10:12 am (#)

    What a fun recipe for breakfast or even an afternoon snack!

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  9. Darlene+W — October 12, 2014 @ 10:56 am (#)

    French toast is my absolute favourite breakfast

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  10. Jody+D — October 13, 2014 @ 5:50 pm (#)

    What a great idea! Love the fruit ketchup idea!

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  11. Laurie P — October 17, 2014 @ 6:03 am (#)

    Great twist on a family favorite!

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  12. DARLENE+W — October 19, 2014 @ 9:27 am (#)

    Have never though of making this for the grandkids this way

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  13. Melinda — October 21, 2014 @ 10:46 am (#)

    Sounds delicious and looks very creative

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  14. loucheryl — November 13, 2014 @ 7:33 pm (#)

    This looks tasty. My boys would love it.

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  15. sarah w — November 14, 2014 @ 11:50 pm (#)

    This looks sooooo good! i love the idea of berry ketchup. I will have to try it this weekend!

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  16. Jeff+Skidmore — November 19, 2014 @ 4:45 am (#)

    This a great idea! Will be serving it to the grandkids this weekend!

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  17. Nena+Sinclair — November 30, 2014 @ 12:50 am (#)

    I love this idea, it’s sure to be a huge hit with kids!!

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  18. tasha may — December 30, 2014 @ 3:39 pm (#)

    Thanks for sharing! Going to try to make this for my son! :o)

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  19. kathy downey — January 14, 2015 @ 8:14 am (#)

    My granddaughter loves ketchup and going to try her with this treat

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  20. James Robb — January 28, 2015 @ 9:51 am (#)

    I like the creative combo, I will be sure to give it a try!

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  21. Sherry K — January 29, 2015 @ 7:24 am (#)

    Great idea to use that leftover bread.

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  22. DARLENE W — January 29, 2015 @ 9:39 am (#)

    The grandkids love it when grandpa makes French toast for them

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  23. Vesper Meikle — February 6, 2015 @ 4:43 am (#)

    I have never made French toast but it looks like a good breakfast to have

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  24. katie m — February 20, 2015 @ 9:18 am (#)

    What a fun looking recipe and that berry dip sounds amazing with french toast!

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  25. Elizabeth Matthiesen — February 24, 2015 @ 7:56 pm (#)

    I just love the idea of berry ketchup, fantastic. I’m another one who would eat breakfast all day 🙂

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  26. Debbie White Beattie — February 26, 2015 @ 11:22 pm (#)

    I’ve never heard of berry ketchup but sounds really good. Although I’m not sure I could give up my traditional maple syrup.

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  27. kathy downey — March 31, 2015 @ 6:58 am (#)

    I just love the idea of berry ketchup,love to try it

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  28. kathy downey — May 23, 2015 @ 9:00 am (#)

    This tasted way better than I expected

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  29. kathy downey — May 23, 2015 @ 9:01 am (#)

    I just love the idea of berry ketchup,tasted way better than expected

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  30. kathy downey — July 30, 2015 @ 4:34 pm (#)

    My kids would love these!Thanks

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  31. kathy downey — November 6, 2015 @ 12:02 pm (#)

    My kids would love these!

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  32. kathy downey — November 6, 2015 @ 12:28 pm (#)

    Everytime we sit to eat the kids are asking for this

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  33. DARLENE W — September 7, 2016 @ 11:23 am (#)

    this would go over well in this house

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  34. Shirleyp — June 2, 2017 @ 2:33 pm (#)

    Sounds like a fun dish

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  35. Tammi L. — June 1, 2018 @ 5:11 pm (#)

    Love this! For me I’d do it this way because I like my french toast dry in the middle – very well done, this way I could brown all 4 sides…. why haven’t I thought of this??? BRILLIANT! The sauce sounds great too! Thank you! Pinned!

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