Nothing wakes you up like a delicious breakfast. Recently, I was inspired to try something totally different after seeing a TV chef slice up some fresh mango. Thankfully, my local grocery store has a great variety of fresh fruits like mangos, plantains and papaya. I even discovered a new fruit (at least it was new to me!) called pummelos. Amazing!
I got all my ingredients organized, including non-dairy coconut milk and orange-mango juice, to use in the recipe. I’ll also serve these beverages along with the Coconut-Mango Upside Down Baked French Toast.
Toasting coconut flakes in a skillet takes only a few minutes, and the aroma is intoxicating.
If you’ve never done it before, slicing a mango can be a bit confusing. This video from the National Mango Board shows you how to cube or slice a mango. It’s surprisingly easy.
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This is what all of the ingredients will look like inside the prepared pan before you pop it in the oven.
And here’s what Coconut-Mango Upside Down Baked French Toast looks like on your plate! Topped with the toasted coconut flakes, sliced mango, and honey, the dish is plenty sweet without any additional condiments for me. But you may wish to dust it with some confectioners’ sugar. Any way you serve it up, it is soooooo good.
Preheat your oven to 400 F degrees. Generously grease a 13x9-inch baking pan. Set aside.
Place the flaked coconut in a large skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the flakes are mostly golden brown. Do not overcook.
In a small microwavable bowl, melt the butter. Then mix in the cinnamon, honey and toasted coconut. Pour this mixture into the prepared baking pan, spreading it to evenly coat the bottom of the pan. Space the sliced mango evenly over the coconut mixture.
In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, salt, juice and milk. Dip both sides of the French bread into the egg mixture, letting it soak up the liquid. Then place it in the prepared pan.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Invert onto a serving platter and serve immediately.
The coconut-mango upside down baked French toast is mildly sweet without any garnishes, but you may prefer to sprinkle confectioners' sugar on top or use your favorite syrup.
You could also prepare this the night before, all the way up through placing the French bread slices dipped in egg batter into the prepared pan. Securely wrap with plastic wrap overnight. Remove from the refrigerator while you're preheating the oven. Continue cooking as directed.