Baked Apple French Toast

apple french toastJust the name makes my mouth water. You can partially assemble this the night before; either way, it should have at least a 4-hour refrigeration. And, feel free to substitute fresh pears or plums for the apples.

1 loaf French Bread, cut into thin slices
3 eggs
3 cups milk or half-n-half
2 tsp. pure vanilla

3 apples, peeled, cored and cut into thin slices (use any kind of apple)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
3 Tbsp. butter – diced

Lightly grease a 9 x 13 pan. Arrange the bread slices on the bottom of the dish, you can slightly overlap them, the objective is to use up most of the loaf of bread. You will probably have a bit left over. Whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla until smooth and blended. Pour this over the bread, cover with plastic and place in the fridge – preferably overnight.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and take the pan out to place on the counter while your oven preheats. Arrange the apple slices on top of the bread. Combine cinnamon & sugar and sprinkle that evenly over the apples, then dot with the butter. Bake for 35 minutes, let rest for 10, then serve.

Feel free to sprinkle chopped nuts such as pecans, walnuts, sliced almonds on top before you drizzle on the butter.

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