Friday, October 3, 2008

Upside Down Apple French Toast

Make this the night before - and throw it in the oven Sunday morning while you enjoy a mug of coffee.

Upside-down Apple French toast
Though the recipe shown here is perfect for two people, this is really easy to double. It can be prepared the night before; just pop it in the oven the next morning while you brew the coffee and argue over the Sunday comics.

4 slices of thick-cut French bread
3 eggs
¾ cup milk or cream (if you're feeling decadent)
1-2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 crisp apple, such as a Fuji or Braeburn, sliced thinly
½ cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Arrange the bread in a flat baking dish (a 9"x9" pan should fit four slices just about perfectly). Whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Pour over the bread and let soak anywhere from 10 minutes to overnight.
3. Combine the brown sugar, butter and cinnamon until mixed and slightly crumbly. Now here comes the slightly annoying part: Remove all the bread carefully from the baking dish. Cover the bottom of the dish with the sugar mixture and arrange the apples on top of that. Lay the bread over the apples.
Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes – longer if doubling the recipe. When the bread is puffy and golden brown remove and let cool for about 5 minutes. To serve, flip the toast over so that the apple/ brown sugar mixture is on top.

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