French Toast with Nectarines

This Marta Stewart dish is great for dessert, but you can also serve it for breakfast — just skip the ice cream. Instead of country-style bread, feel free to substitute brioche or sourdough.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 nectarines, halved, pitted, and cut into wedges
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • Salt
  • 6 slices country-style bread, halved diagonally
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving

DIRECTIONS

In a medium saucepan, bring wine and 1/3 cup sugar to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly syrupy, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in nectarines.

In a large baking dish, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, 2 tablespoons sugar, and a pinch of salt. Place bread in dish and let stand about 1 minute, pressing to help it absorb the custard; turn over and repeat.

In a large nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium; swirl pan to coat. Add 1/2 the bread and cook until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining butter and bread. Serve topped with red-wine nectarines and ice cream.

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