Last night was breakfast for dinner! I wanted to make something new and exciting and my baked french toast was just the thing! It was relatively simple and used up some of the apples that have gone unused for some time!
Here are the ingredients:
- 4 tart apples, such as McIntosh or Granny Smith
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 3 large ripe bananas
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup (firmly packed) light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 to 5 slices challah bread (1-inch thick)
- Preheat oven to 375 F.
- Peel, core, and cut each apple into 3/4 inch thick wedges. Place the apple wedges in a large mixing bowl, and toss gently with the lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Peel the bananas, and slice them crosswise 3/4 inch thing. Add the bananas to the apples and toss to coat evenly with lemon juice. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the fruits and toss well to combine.
- Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the fruit and saute until tender, about 30 seconds. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and cook until the sugar is dissolved, 30 seconds longer, remove from heat.
- Pour the contents into a lightly buttered, non-reactive, 9- inch round baking dish. In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs, then stir in the milk and vanilla. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture just to moisten (both sides), then place them over the fruit in a single layer in the pan, making sure to cover the fruit entirely. Pour any leftover egg mixture over the bread. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. (This can be prepared up to this point in advance, covered and refrigerated overnight)
- Bake the French toast, uncovered until the top is golden, 30-35 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Place a serving tray over the pan, and carefully turn them over to unmold the French toast. Spoon any syrup or fruit left in the pan over the bread, and serve at once.
As a side, I baked up some roasted potatoes. These were a cinch to make. Here are the ingredients you will need:
- 1 1/2 pounds new potatoes, cut into wedges
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon Mexican spice
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
- In a hot skillet, melt the butter. Stir in rosemary, salt and pepper. Coat potatoes evenly with the melted butter. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on a baking pan.
- Bake in a preheated oven until potatoes are golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Toss them occasionally to ensure that they brown on all sides.
This was a great meal and fun to make! [Plus, it didn't hurt that the apples were great to munch on while I was cooking]. I would definitely recommend anybody trying this fun dish for breakfast or dinner!! Also, I think it is very important to use thick bread like challah or french bread!
Until next time, happy dining! :)