Make Ahead French Toast (12 servings)
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. butter, melted
- 3 t. cinnamon, divided
- 3 tart apples, peeled, cored, sliced
- 1 loaf of Italian bread cut in 1 in. slices
- 6 eggs
- 1 1/2 c. milk
- 1 T. pure vanilla
- Optional: 1/2 c. pecan or walnut pieces.
Mix the sugar, butter, & 1 t. cinnamon.
Spread it in a 13x9 dish. Layer apples over the top and toss gently to coat, evenly spreading in the dish. You can sprinkle nuts on top at this point, if you choose.
Arrange the bread slices over the top.
Mix remaining ingredients and pour evenly over the bread. Cover with foil and chill at least 4 hrs, up to 24 hrs.
Bake, covered with foil, in a 375 degree oven for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 min. Remove and let it stand 5-10 minutes. This gives it time to thicken, so don't skip it.
Serve warm, flipping pieces over as you serve, so that apples are on top. You could also invert the whole dish onto a large platter, if you have one.
Also thanks to Amy from All Things Home for the sweet encouragement of a Kreative blog award. I love her ideas for how to decorate her front door for winter. Very welcoming, Amy! I am not very good at passing on bloggy awards, but thank you, Amy! You have "snow" inspired me. :) (See Amy's ideas to understand).