Anna Barnett’s French Toast with Coffee, Caramel & Hazelnut Syrup

‘This brunch staple is given a twist with an indulgent salted caramel topping. Lavazza’s Prontissimo premium instant coffee means no mess or fuss and just totally delicious coffee-infused results

Feeds: 4

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

What You’ll Need:

French Toast

  • 1 medium/small crusty white loaf – sliced into generous doorstop style slices
  • 5 large eggs – whisked together
  • 3 tbsp caster sugar
  • generous sprinkle of sea salt flakes
  • 2 pinches of ground nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of mace
  • 2 pinches of cinnamon
  • 3 heaped tbsp plain four
  • oil for frying
  • 30g butter for frying

Coffee, Caramel and Hazelnut Syrup

  • 5 tbsp/90g butter
  • 125g light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp of Lavazza’s Prontissimo instant coffee
  • 170ml single cream
  • ¼ tsp vanilla bean paste/1tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of sea salt flakes – to taste

Frozen Banana Ice Cream

  • 4 bananas roughly chopped and frozen

What To Do:

French Toast

  • Begin by slicing your bread. It actually works in your favour if the bread is a little stale
  • Next, mix together all French Toast ingredients to make an egg mix
  • Soak the bread in egg mix for around 30 seconds flipping so each side is evenly coated
  • Heat a non-stick pan with a generous drizzle of oil
  • Fry bread on both sides until golden and crisp adding a small knob of butter once it starts to begin to turn crispy. This will ensure you cook it thoroughly without burning the bread
  • Remove and keep warm in the oven on 60 degrees Celsius


  • Melt the butter in a small pan over a medium to low heat until completely melted
  • Whisk the sugar, instant coffee and cream into the melted butter, making sure the coffee has fully dissolved
  • Gently bring to the boil whisking the whole time
  • Reduce the heat and continue to whisk for another 2-3 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken a little
  • Remove from the heat and add in the vanilla paste
  • Drizzle the syrup over French Toast if serving immediately
  • You can also make the syrup before the toast and store in the fridge. If you do this, make sure to gently rewarm when ready to use as it will solidify in the fridge

Ice cream  

Simply blitz frozen banana and scoop into balls to serve alongside the French Toast

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