Sweetcorn French toast with pancetta & avocado

Sweetcorn French toast with pancetta & avocado

Chris Middleton

Mexican food is considered one of the world’s first fusion cuisines. This traditional corn cake recipe is normally served cold and here has been adapted so it can be sliced and grilled (broiled) before topping with crispy bacon, avocado and salsa mexicana. It’s French toast Mexican style! Maple or agave syrup can be included in this recipe with fresh bananas, if you have a sweet tooth.


Quantity Ingredient
100g thinly sliced pancetta
4 wedges iceberg lettuce or rocket leaves, to serve
1 avocado, thickly sliced
Salsa Mexicana
Jalapeño & finger lime crema
micro leaves, to serve
1 small red capsicum, thinly sliced in rings, to garnish

Sweetcorn loaf

Quantity Ingredient
125g butter
300g frozen or fresh corn kernels, plus extra cooked shards for garnish (optional)
375g tin condensed milk
60g sour cream
5 large organic eggs
50g masa harina pan flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch sea salt
oil, for spraying


  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C and lightly grease and line a loaf (bar) tin with baking paper.
  2. For the sweetcorn loaf, melt the butter in a large frying pan over low heat. Add the corn, cover and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened.
  3. Add the condensed milk and sour cream and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and blend to make a smooth sauce. Gradually add the eggs, flour and baking powder, processing on low speed to combine. Season with salt.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for about 30–40 minutes, until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean when tested. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes to cool slightly.
  5. Invert the sweetcorn loaf onto a wire rack to cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight.
  6. Preheat an overhead grill (broiler) to high.
  7. Slice the cornbread into 8 slices, 2–3 cm thick.
  8. Arrange the pancetta slices on a baking tray and grill (broil) until crisp. Drain off any excess fat and keep warm.
  9. Preheat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Spray the pan with cooking oil and cook the cornbread slices for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  10. To serve, arrange 2 pieces of cornbread onto each plate, top with an iceberg wedge and some pancetta and avocado slices. Spoon on some salsa mexicana and a dollop of the crema and garnish with the micro leaves, capsicum and shards of corn, if using.
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