Chef Noel Cunningham Tropical French Toast with Mango Compote

“Replacing some of the milk with coconut milk is the secret ingredient to making this island-style french toast.” Chef Noel Cunningham, Cuisine by Noel

For the French Toast:

8 slices of bread

2 large eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup coconut milk

2 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. butter divided

Coconut flakes, sliced mangoes, and honey (to garnish)

For the Mango Compote:

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1/2 tsp. grated lime zest

2 large ripe mangoes – peeled, pitted and diced

Make the mango compote: combine mangoes, lime zest, lime juice, water and sugar in a medium saucepan over low flame, stirring gently to combine. Leave to simmer for a few minutes. Turn off heat and set aside.

Make the french toast: whisk together eggs and next 6 ingredients in a medium bowl until combined. Dip both sides of the bread into egg mixture and set aside.

Melt 1/2 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet or griddle. Add bread slices and cook in the hot, melted butter for 30 to 45 seconds on each side or until golden. Repeat with remaining butter and second bread slice.

Drizzle with honey, coconut flakes, and sliced mango; serve with mango compote.


  • Chef Noel Cunningham

    Chef Noel Cunningham, socially known as Chef Cunny, is the dynamic force behind his catering company, Cuisine by Noel and columnist at cooking sense magazine. His philosophy and passion are reflected in his move towards creating healthier cuisine along with showcasing Jamaican cuisine with a modern twist. He recently appeared twice on CTV Winnipeg’s Morning Live, Kiss102.3fm, and was featured in the November 2015 and March 2016 issue of Jamaican Eats magazine. In the last 12 months, he was also featured in the Jamaica Gleaner, Jamaica Observer and the Jamaican magazine. If that isn’t enough, he has under his belt many television appearances on Jamaica’s CVM TV: Television Jamaica’s morning program Smile Jamaica, Entertainment Report, Intense, Nyammings cooking show and Talk Jamaica Online Radio.

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