In the Kitchen: Apple Cranberry French Toast

In an attempt to get all my recipes and cooking talk in one place, I’ll be periodically re-posting recipes from my time writing on the Kitchen Mirror here. In some cases I may update pictures & proof-read, but for the most part it will just be a re-posting of what I had there. The posts are not in chronological order – I’m trying to post holiday appropriate recipes near the holidays they go with & fill in others around them.

Originally posted December 16, 2010.

As the holidays approach, so do the millions of potlucks and events I’ve found myself cooking and baking for. I had a brief period of panic last week when I couldn’t figure out what to make for a couple events where I would be providing dessert. I figured it out and all is well.

Anyway, last Sunday my knitting group hosted a brunch-themed potluck and I knew JUST what I wanted to make. Last year around the holidays, my friend Angie posted a picture of Apple Cranberry French Toast & I added it to the list of things to make. It was PERFECT for a brunch party.

YIP 165.365 Apple Cranberry French Toast

The recipe is so easy that you won’t believe how tasty it is. It does take a little thought ahead of time, as the whole thing has to soak at least overnight before you bake it, but SO WORTH IT.

From Angie’s version:

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
3 teaspoons cinnamon (divided)
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 loaf Italian or French Bread, cut into 1-inch slices
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Combine brown sugar, butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish. Add apples and cranberries, toss to coat well. Spread apple mixture evenly over bottom of baking dish Arrange slices of bread on top.

2. Mix eggs, milk, vanilla, and remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon until well blended. Pour mixture over bread, soaking bread completely. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours.

3. Bake, covered with aluminum foil in a preheated 375 degree oven for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes longer ( I baked it 10 minutes longer). Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Makes 12 servings.

The only thing I really did differently is that I used some apples Mindy & I had canned from our trip to Eckert’s last year. They were Fuji’s canned in a light simple syrup, so I probably should have used just a smidge less sugar.

Go ahead, make up a batch to toss in the oven for Christmas morning. By the time all the presents are unwrapped, you’ll have a tasty breakfast ready to eat.