A delicious Christmassy dish from Rachel Allen's Everyday Kitchen


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tblsp double or regular cream
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 25 g (1oz) butter
  • 4 slices of white bread
  • for the cinnamon mascarpone:
  • 150g (5oz) mascarpone
  • 1 tblsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • to serve:
  • icing sugar
  • maple syrup


  • First make the cinnamon mascarpone. In a bowl, whisk together the mascarpone, maple syrup and ground cinnamon until well combined. Cover with cling film and leave in the fridge while you make the French toast.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs together with the cream, cinnamon, vanilla and salt.
  • Set a frying pan over a medium heat and add half the butter. When the butter has melted and is foaming, dip two slices of bread in the egg mixture, making sure each piece is completely covered, then carefully place them in the frying pan. Fry for 2–3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Place on separate plates, then melt the remaining butter, dip the last two slices of bread in the egg mixture and fry in the same way.
  • Dust the French toast with icing sugar, drizzle with plenty of maple syrup and serve with the cinnamon mascarpone and perhaps some sliced apple and banana.