Lemon Curd French Toast with Strawberry Compote

Perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch or any other springtime celebration, this dish will please diners of all ages. Granted, it takes a bit more work than your average French toast recipe, but the results are extraordinary. Bonus: You can prepare much of it in advance. After assembling the French toast, you refrigerate it overnight, which gives the bread plenty of time to soak up the lemony custard. The next morning, before your guests arrive, pop the pan in the oven and bake. The strawberry compote can also be made a day ahead; let it cool, then cover, refrigerate and rewarm just before serving.