I tell you what if you could have smelled the apple/french toast/custardy goodness smells coming from that oven,oh it smelled so good. So good. The cinnamon,fresh apple/baked apple,sweet vanilla/brown sugar wafts of steam that came from that oven,it smelled so good that I can't even use good grammar to explain to you how good it smelled. And it tasted even better.
The timer went off for a second time and I jumped up as carefully as I could with a magazine in my lap,cup of coffee in my hand and my legs wrapped up in a quilt ( I actually took my time getting up,the quilt I was wrapped up in is older than our ages combined,no family-history pressure there at all.) and RAN to the cottage.I found those same amazing smells when I walked in,but this time I got to take it OUT of the oven.
|Well I'll be,baked apples and French toast all in one.|
|That one little piece just couldn't take it anymore in a casserole filled with so much love.|
Baked Cinnamon-Apple French Toast
adapted from Gale Gand's Brunch!
100 Fantastic Recipes for the Weekend's Best Meal
6 medium apples-an assortment is best
2 TBL ensalted butter,cut up into
small cubes,plus more for the baking dish
1/2 c packed light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
8 slices Texas toast(or a thick
prescliced white bread)
8 large eggs
1/2 cu granulated sugar
3 1/2 c whole milk
1 TBL pure vanilla extract
1. Peel,core and cut the apple into 1/4-inch thick slices. Heat the butter in a saute pan over medium heat until it starts to foam. Add the apples and cook the until tender,about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and stir in the brown sugar,cinnamon,and nutmeg. Set aside.
2. Lightly toast the bread. Cut the toast slices in half to make triangles. Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish,and arrange the bread in the baking dish,overlapping the pieces.
3. Beat the eggs in a medium bowl;then whisk in the sugar,milk, and vanilla to make a custard. Pour the custard over the bread pieces, and spoon the apples over the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
4. The next day: heat the oven to 350 degrees. Uncover the baking dish and bake for 50-60 minutes,until the custard is set and doesn't shimmy when you shake the dish.It will puff up and brown slightly. Remove the casserole from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. Serve in large squares or spoonfuls,with honey butter (Honey butter-soften one stick of unsalted butter. Mix in a pinch of salt and 1 TBL of honey. Sitr together to mix completely,transfer to a small serving dish.Cover and chill until ready to use.)