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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Caramel Apple French Toast

This is a great dish for a cool fall morning...really any morning, but apples always make me think of Autumn. Treat your family to an extremely tasty breakfast and start their day off right. This kind of yummy food always puts a smile on my face, I bet it will do the same for your family too.

Caramel Apple French Toast
1 loaf day old bread, sliced 1 1/2 inch thick (I used homemade, you could use something from the deli or French bread if you choose...it just can't be that light and fluffy store bought bread or this will go soggy)
6 eggs
1 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. milk
1 T vanilla
2 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
3 T brown sugar, packed

Apples, sliced thinly
butter
cinnamon
Caramel Sauce (recipe below)

THE NIGHT BEFORE YOU WANT TO SERVE THIS, spray a 9x13 pan with pan coating. Place bread slices in the bottom of the pan (until the bottom is covered). Combine eggs, milk, cream, sugar, vanilla and spices in medium sized mixing bowl. Mix well and pour over bread slices in pan. Cover with foil (or lid if you have one) and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake, COVERED for about 45-50 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10 minutes more. Serve hot, topped with fried apples and caramel sauce (recipes below).

Fried Apples:
Melt 1/4 c. BUTTER in a frying pan. Place thinly sliced apples in melted butter, sprinkle with cinnamon and saute for 15-20 minutes, until cooked completely through.

Caramel Sauce:
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. butter
1 1/2 c. milk
4 t. vanilla

Combine all ingredient in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Stir constantly. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Julie~

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