Holiday Morning French Toast

We've learned over the years to expect top-notch recipes from Sandy Andersen, and here's yet another! Andersen says her family enjoys this every Christmas morning, topping it with butter, syrup or whipped cream according to taste.

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced thin
1/2 cup dried cranberries and/or raisins
1 loaf Italian or French bread, cut into 1 inch slices.
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 Tablespoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375° F.
Combine brown sugar, butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a 13 x 9 baking pan. Add apples and cranberries or raisins or both. Toss to coat. Spread apple mixture evenly over bottom of pan. Arrange slices of bread on top.
Mix eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon until mixed. Pour mixture over bread, soaking break completely.
Cover and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours.
Bake covered with foil for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes more.
Let stand 5 minutes and serve.

Sandy Andersen
North St. Paul

 

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