Simply Simon’s…French toast with cinnamon, pecans and strawberries

Actor, writer, director, producer and television presenter, Simon Delaney has a genuine passion for food – a passion which saw him make the final of Celebrity MasterChef 2017.

Simon loves diner food and the fact that day or night, summer or winter, you can have your favourite comfort food dish, whenever you want it. SIMPLY SIMON’S, his new cookbook, is all about choice and delicious, comforting food – whatever you want, whenever you want it.



This is a quick and easy breakfast dish to make. It’s also a great way to get the kids eating more fruit. Choose whatever berries are in season and don’t be afraid to mix them up. I’m using strawberries because I’d eat them all day every day if I could. In this recipe, I’m using a sliced fruit loaf, which can be bought in any good supermarket or delicatessen. This fruit loaf has pecans and seeds in it, but, again, go for your favoured bread and tuck in.


300g fruit loaf

4 free-range eggs

70ml milk

70ml cream

3 drops natural vanilla extract

1tsp ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

2tsp sugar

250g strawberries, and a handful extra for decoration

40g butter icing sugar (for decoration)

maple syrup (optional)

Simplicity itself. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients except the butter and fruit loaf, and whisk with a fork until well combined. Simply soak the bread in this mixture for a couple of minutes until the slices are saturated! Melt the butter and pop the slices of bread in, two at a time depending on the size of the pan, and cook for about three minutes on each side. They should go a lovely golden colour.

To serve, stack a couple of slices of the bread on top of each other, adding a handful of sliced strawberries and a dusting of icing sugar on top. If you’re feeling devilish, spoon a drop of maple syrup over the bread.