Baklava French Toast with Cinnamon Honey Syrup is a creative spin on classic French toast. This dish captures all the loved flavors of baklava–butter, honey, cinnamon, walnuts, and pistachios, with easier preparation and quite fewer calories.
My daughter has recently become obsessed with Baklava.
She helped inspire this twist on french toast, using all the flavors traditionally found in Baklava.
Thick slices of bread dipped into a honey, orange custard, and then crusted with crushed pistachios and walnuts.
And no variation of french toast is complete without syrup.
But maple syrup would not do for this pistachio-crusted french toast recipe.
In my mind, it had to be a honey and cinnamon syrup with notes of orange flavor. Every baklava I had ever had seemed to have either lemon or orange hints in the background. And so an orange and cinnamon-infused syrup was the perfect finishing touch for this Greek Style French Toast recipe.
Baklava Greek Toast with Cinnamon Honey Syrup
- 16 ounce loaf high quality french bread sliced into 3/4 inch thick slices
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk or cream
- zest of 1 orange
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
- 1/2 cup crushed pistachios shelled
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- juice of 1 orange
- 1/4 cup water
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare bread dipping station by whisking eggs, vanilla, cream, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, orange zest, and dash of salt in one shallow dish and the nuts in separate shallow dish.
- Heat skillet over medium heat and melt one tablespoon butter in skillet.
- Dip the slices of bread into egg mixture,allowing to soak up a bit on both sides. Then place one side of bread into nut mixture, pressing down to crust the bread with the nuts.
- Place nut-side up in the skillet and repeat with half of the bread slices. Cook the bread for about 5-6 minutes in the skillet, or until bottom is nicely browned. Transfer to baking sheet.
- Repeat steps with remaining butter and slices of bread.
- Bake all the slices for 20 minutes, or until nut-side of "Greek" Toast is browned and egg custard is set.
- While preparing the toast, Make the syrup by simmering the honey, remaining teaspoon of cinnamon, juice of the orange and water over low heat. Let simmer until Greek Toast is ready to serve.
- Serve the crusted "Greek Toast" with a bit of the Cinnamon Honey Syrup.