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French Toast Bagels with Maple Mango Salsa

With it being Easter weekend I wanted to share with you a really great lazy day breakfast that is so simple to make and oh so delicious. No fancy skills are needed to put together this amazing breakfast treat.

Another great thing with this Bagel French toast with Mango Maple Salsa recipe is it uses up old bagels. If you are anything like me then you adore bagels, but I find they tend to come in large packs and by the time I have gotten halfway through them they have started to go stale. This is a great way to use them up instead of throwing them away.


French Toast Bagels with Maple Mango Salsa


This is a particularly rich and luxurious version of French toast, well after all it is Easter weekend! It is full of eggs, milk and cream, vanilla and a cheeky pinch of ground mace. Which is totally optional and could be replaced with nutmeg if you don’t have any ground mace, though I do highly recommend it. All the flavours are so well balanced its like heaven on a plate.


French Toast Bagels with Maple Mango Salsa


Maple Syrup

I know maple syrup is expensive, especially for the good stuff. But if you can, try and use the pure maple syrup. The flavour is miles above any of the cheap versions that are mixed with sugar syrups. You really will be able to tell the difference. But times are tough so go with what you can afford, and if you can you won’t regret treating yourself to a small jar of the good stuff!

Imagine all this with sweet ripe mango that has been mixed with a simple to put together maple syrup sauce. There is no need for extra sauce on these bagels, the salsa mix gives you plenty. Though I won’t say anything if you want to pour even more maple syrup on, tempting I know!


French Toast Bagels with Maple Mango Salsa


This is not exclusively an Easter recipe, its just a great breakfast for a lazy weekend. Though it is simple to put together there is a little bit of soaking time to take into account. Because bagel dough is very dense I found they need to be pricked all over to create little pockets for the liquid to get into then soaked a minimum 10 minutes each side. But it’s totally worth it, I promise.

The mango salsa comes together in 5 minutes, so if you make this as your bagels are soaking it gives the mango a little time to absorb some of the flavours. Its just a simple mix of maple syrup, honey and ground mace or nutmeg if you prefer. Then top it all with a thick creamy natural Greek yogurt for a little protein boost.


French Toast Bagels with Maple Mango Salsa


So how do you like your lazy weekend breakfasts? Fried, baked, toasted or are you just pleased that someone else has made it 😉


French Toast Bagels with Maple Mango Salsa

French Toast Bagels with Maple Mango Salsa

A luxurious breakfast treat made with bagels soaked in a rich creamy custard base and lightly fried. Topped with a mango salsa made with a maple syrup sauce.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Author: Emma


For the Bagel French toast

  • 4 plain bagels halved
  • 240 millilitres of milk - at least half fat (1 cup)
  • 120 millilitres double (heavy cream (1/2 cup))
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace (nutmeg can be used)
  • A knob of unsalted butter
  • Natural Greek yogurt to serve

For the Mango Maple Salsa

  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 8 tablespoons good quality Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mace (nutmeg can be used)
  • 1 medium ripe mango cut into small cubes


For the Bagels

  • Prick the bagels all over with a toothpick or a fork then place to one side.
  • In a large shallow dish pour in the milk, cream, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and ground mace. Gently whisk it all together.
  • Place the bagels in cut side down and leave them for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes turn them over and soak the other side for a further 10 minutes.

For the salsa

  • While the bagels are soaking, measure out the honey, maple syrup and ground mace into a small bowl and give it a gentle mix.
  • Peel, quarter and dice your mango into small chunks and place them in the small bowl.
  • Gently toss the mango in the liquid then place in the fridge till needed.

Cooking the Bagels

  • My griddle isn’t very big and I had to do my bagels in two batches. To keep them warm I put my oven on low so I could keep the already cooked ones warm while I cooked the second batch.
  • In a skillet, griddle pan, hot plate or frying pan gently melt the knob of butter over a medium heat.
  • As soon as it has melted, add in the bagel halves and cook until they have a nice golden colour to them. About 5 minutes should do it, then turn them over and cook the other side for a further 5 minutes till they are nice and golden.

To serve

  • Equally divide the bagels between 4 plates, then equally divide the mango salsa making sure to equally divide the liquid that has gathered at the bottom of your bowl.
  • If you are using, place a generous dollop of Greek yogurt on top then serve immediately.


These are best served and eaten immediately.
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