Cinnamon Plums with French Toast

  • For the plums
  • 250ml cranberry juice
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 500g plums
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • For the French toast
  • 2 eggs
  • 60ml full-fat milk
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 large slices stale white bread
  • 30g soft unsalted butter

For the plums:

Put the cranberry juice and sugar into a wide saucepan and stir to help start dissolving the sugar. Then put the saucepan over a low heat until the sugar dissolves entirely.

Halve the plums and remove the stones, then halve them again if they are big brutes. Once the sugar's dissolved into the red liquid, add the cinnamon stick, then turn the heat up, bring to the boil and let the pan bubble away for a couple of minutes until the mixture is on the way to becoming syrupy.

Now turn the syrup down to a simmer and add the plum halves or quarters and cook them gently for about ten minutes, although note that this is based on starting off with viciously unripe fruits so you might need less time.

Once the plums are tender but not disintegrating, remove the pan from the heat, cover and leave to keep warm. You can make the plums in advance and either serve them at room temperature with the French toast or warm them up again.

For the French toast:

Whisk together the eggs, milk, ground cinnamon and sugar in a pie dish.

Sit two pieces of bread in the eggy mixture, turning after each side has soaked up enough to colour the bread yellow, so that it absorbs the liquid but doesn't fall to pieces.

Melt half the butter in a frying pan and cook the two soaked pieces of bread for a couple of minutes each side. Transfer the yellow eggy bread, scorched golden in parts, to warm waiting plates. Meanwhile, soak the next two slices.

Melt the remaining butter to cook the last two slices in the same way. Serve alongside the beautiful scarlet plum compote.

Recipe from Nigella: Kitchen by Nigella Lawson (published by Chatto & Windus).

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