I was so excited to see cherries at my neighborhood fruit stand. I remember growing up as a child in Seattle when the bing cherries would be in season. We had huge trees in our neighborhood that would be carefully picked of their precious faire. Our bing cherry guy would be out at his stand with a smile as my parents happily bought us bags of these amazingly sweet and flavorful treasures. I wanted to share that same joy with my son and decided that a warm cherry topping to our favorite French toast was just the trick.
French Toast with Warm Cherry Compote
3 cups fresh pitted cherries
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 cups almond milk
Butter for frying
1 loaf of challah, sliced
In a medium saucepan add cherries, maple syrup and orange juice and bring to a boil. Once boiling, allow the liquid to reduce and the cherries to soften for about 10 minutes. You could go longer at a lower heat for a more syrupy consistency but this was fine for us. The cherries were nice and soft and though the syrup was thinner in consistency it was wonderfully delicious.
Meanwhile, whisk your eggs and milk in a medium bowl and dip your challah slices in. Fry your challah in butter until golden brown on both sides. Top with warm cherry compote. Enjoy!