(Cinnamon French Toast
with POM Apple Compote)
Chef Akasha Richmond –
Akasha Restaurant, Culver City, Calif.
TIME TO TABLE: 15
MINUTES PREP, 35 MINUTES COOKING
Makes 4 servings
juice from 2–3 large POM Wonderful
or 1 cup POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 vanilla bean, cut
1/2 cup dried, pitted cherries
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 lbs. Gala apples, peeled and sliced 1/2" thick
1/2 cup real maple syrup
Cinnamon French Toast
4 large eggs
1-1/4 cups low-fat milk or plain soymilk
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
8 slices cinnamon swirl or
bread, sliced 1-1/2" thick
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1cup arils from 1–2
large POM Wonderful Pomegranates
powdered sugar as needed
POM Apple Compote:
fresh pomegranate juice.*
pomegranate juice in a small saucepan over medium
heat until it simmers.
off heat; add sliced vanilla bean and dried
cherries. Let rest for 15 minutes until cherries are
vanilla beans out of the pod and add them back into
the compote; discard the remaining pod.
a 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Melt 1
tablespoon of butter in the pan and add the sliced
apples. Cook the apples until they begin to soften
but still hold their shape, about 5 to 6 minutes.
the maple syrup to the apples along with the
pomegranate juice with the cherries.
until the juice reduces to syrup, about 5 to 8
Cinnamon French Toast:
1–2 fresh pomegranates and place in a bowl of water.
Break open the pomegranates under water to free the
arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom
of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top.
Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve
1 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside.
(Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another
a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk (or
soymilk), vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg.
the bread slices in a flat casserole dish, and cover
with the egg mixture. Let soak for 5 to 10 minutes.
2 tablespoons of butter in a 12" nonstick skillet
over medium-high heat.
the slices of the soaked bread to the pan and cook
until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.
the cinnamon French toast with the warm pomegranate
apple compote. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and
garnish with fresh pomegranate arils.
* For 1 cup of juice, cut 2–3 large POM Wonderful
Pomegranates in half and juice them with a citrus
reamer or juicer. Pour the mixture through a
cheesecloth-lined strainer or sieve. Set the juice
Nutrients per Serving (2 slices): 546 calories (165
calories from fat), 16g protein,
18g total fat (7g saturated), 82g carbohydrates, 7g
dietary fiber, 234mg cholesterol, 43g total sugars,
59mcg vitamin A RE, 354mg sodium, 339mg potassium,
11mg vitamin C.
that 1 teaspoon vanilla extract can be substituted
for on vanilla bean)