pear french toast cobbler

There are dishes that are not pretty. They just don't photograph so well. For example; stew, chili, and meatloaf instantly come to mind. This dish comes pretty close also. It's like second runner up in a beauty contest.

Ouch. I always hated that card. It was doubly insulting. First of all, you only won the second prize but then you won a measly 10 dollars!{insert joke about Carrie Prejean and her breast implants here} Dude, so not fair.


I think that food bloggers tend to shy away from these dishes because they don't qualify for the money shot. I know we eat with our eyes and all that jazz but how many good recipes are we missing out on because they just aren't pretty enough for us to show on a food blog?

pear french toast cobbler:

4 eggs
1/2 heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
12 1-inch slices of stale Italian bread
5 cups of washed, peeled, and diced bosc pears
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
a pinch of salt
a teeny amount of pepper
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 tablespoon of melted butter

The night before serving:

Combine eggs, heavy cream, vanilla, and baking powder. Pour into a 9x13 inch baking dish. Add bread slices, turning once to coat both sides. Cover and chill overnight.

In the morning:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine pears, sugar, melted butter, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pepper, orange zest, and butter. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch baking dish. Place bread slices over the pear mixture. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes, until bubbly and golden. Serve with whipped cream and warm syrup.

Tasting Notes: Much better tasting than it looks. Make sure if you do make this add the syrup and whipped cream because it's pretty damn tasty. The original recipe had blueberries with out the zest and pepper. I can imagine that apples would be nice or cranberries with some walnuts and orange zest. I guess what I'm saying is this recipe is adaptable. Go forth and experiment!


Jen said...

YUM I think that it looks great!

Amy said...

Um, still looks like a fine picture to me. I would totally eat that.

LilSis said...

It looks great to me! And, I love the photo of the pears!

SaintTigerlily said...

I totally hear you on the "some foods don't look nearly as good as they taste in pictures" thing. My friend Samantha Grass came over recently on an evening when I happened to make beef stew and she managed, with lighting and a nine zillion dollar camera, not to mention her copious skills, to make my beef stew look halfway delicious. What is up with that?

Eva said...

See, I don't really understand this because I'll post anything. I don't really care if it looks like a pile of dog droppings, if it's good (or if I have some other reason for posting it) it's getting posted.

Mayberry Magpie said...

You're smoking crack, dear. That photo looks yummy.

Why is French toast so wonderful, anyway? It's so humble but so good.