Wednesday, June 10, 2015

APPLE TEXAS FRENCH TOAST BAKE

APPLE TEXAS FRENCH TOAST BAKE
 
This Apple Texas French Toast Bake is the quintessential fall treat! Infused with cinnamon, apple butter, and chunks of apples, it will be the hit of any brunch gathering. Prep the night before and allow it time to chill overnight. Be sure to use an entire fresh loaf of Texas Toast Bread, found in most grocer's bread aisles.
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Recipe type: breakfast
Cuisine: breakfast
Serves: 8-10
INGREDIENTS
  • ½ cup melted salted butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 whole loaf (approx 1 lb., 12 oz) fresh Texas Toast bread (not frozen. Don't use other breads.)
  • 4 large eggs
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • ¾ cup apple butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 granny smith apples, peeled and diced
  • 2 TB light brown sugar, mixed with 3 tsp cinnamon
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling
  • Maple syrup for serving
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a bowl, combine melted butter and brown sugar and stir until well combined. Grease a 9x13 pan on bottom and sides. Pour butter mixture into the pan, spreading mixture evenly.
  2. In a bowl, beat together eggs, milk, apple butter, and vanilla until incorporated. Set aside.
  3. Layer a single layer of Texas toast bread in the pan, cutting pieces to fit as needed. Slowly and evenly distribute 1 cup of the egg mixture over the bread, spreading with a rubber spatula to ensure even soaking. Sprinkle with half of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture evenly. Distribute diced apples evenly over the top. Repeat with second layer of bread, egg mixture (take care to spread evenly onto every piece of bread) and remaining brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Cover tightly and chill overnight in fridge.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F with rack on lower middle position. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Let sit at room temp for 10 minutes or so. When serving, be sure to scrape up all the bottom's sticky goodness along with each slice of French toast. Serve with powdered sugar and maple syrup while warm.

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