I don’t know about you but French toast is one of my favorite breakfast foods and my family loves it too. I think you will appreciate this easy to put together breakfast, especially when company comes for the weekend. The recipe calls for French bread but you could use raisin bread or like I did, I used my left over stollen and it turned out so delicious. The stollen bread had cranberries in the bread so omitted the cranberries. I’ve made this with store bought French bread and homemade French bread and now stollen. So far the stollen was the best to use then the homemade French bread. The nice thing about this recipe is that you assemble it the night before so all you need to do in the morning is pop it into the oven.
Apple Cranberry French Toast Bake
Loaf of french bread
1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup brown sugar divided
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
4 T. butter divided
2 cups milk
1 cup cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup dried crannberries
3 tart apples like granny smith
1/4 cup flour
Step 1: In small bowl put cranberries and orange juice together so the cranberries can get soft.
Step 2: Prepare 9 X 13 in. pan with cooking spray or grease with butter.
Step 3: Slice bread into 1 1/2 in. slices and fit slices to the pan. Peel, core and slice apples thin
Step 4: In large skillet cook apples in 2 T. butter and 1/2 cup brown sugar, spices until tender (not mushy soft) translucent, set aside to cool.
Step 5: In large bowl whisk eggs and add milk and cream. Then pour half of egg mixture over the bread.
Step 6: Mix cranberries with the apples and pour all over the top of bread.
Step 7: Cut 3 to 4 pieces of French bread into cubes or just tear them and sprinkle over the top of apple mixture.
Step 8: Pour the remainder of egg mixture over the top, cover with foil and refrigerate over night. In the morning bake with foil on at 350 degrees for 45 min.
Step 9: While it’s baking make a streusel topping by combining 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour and 2 T. of butter
when baked 45 min. take off foil and add the topping spreading out evenly and bake 10 more min. with foil off.Cool 5 to 10 min. cut into squares and serve with or without maple syrup.