This tender Caramel Apple French Toast is easy to prep the night before! Perfect for holidays or any day that starts with S.
One time back when I lived in Indiana a few friends invited me to a recipe swap. I had no idea what a recipe swap was and I was too embarrassed to ask. I figured I should bring a recipe so I printed off a few copies of my favorite French bread and brought them along.
But when I got there everyone was swapping ALL of the recipes they had. Duh. I felt kind of stupid. And also like a stealer, because I’m sitting over here furiously writing down all of their awesome recipes and in return I’m like uhh, here’s some bread? One of the most basic recipes of all time? (I mean it’s legit bread, but still. Six ingredients.)
One of the recipes from this awesome swap was for this French Toast Bake. It’s soooo good. I actually licked my plate. (Don’t give me that look.) It’s got cinnamon bread, but there’s no cinnamon in the recipe, which means that the caramel part really has room to shine. Plus the upside down presentation is so pretty.
Also, did I mention that I don’t even like apple desserts? I mean I like apples, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t like them when they are mushy and flavorless and using cinnamon to cover up their nothingness. But THIS. I’m telling you. Glorious tender caramel-y awesomeness.
Caramel Apple Upside Down French Toast Bake
- 2 pounds Granny Smith apples, *I used 4 very large ones
- lemon juice
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons corn syrup
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 8 slices cinnamon swirl bread
- maple syrup , and whipped cream
- Start by peeling your apples and then slicing them really thin. Keeping them thin and uniform is what makes it melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Place them in a bowl with some lemon juice to keep them from browning.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. (I let it go a couple extra minutes until it was browned, but that's just because I'm obsessed.)
- Add brown sugar and corn syrup and stir until it is just starting to bubble. Stir in all the apples and cook for 5 minutes. Turn the heat down to low and continue cooking while you prepare the egg mixture.
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt. Beat until combined.
- Coat a 9x13 inch pan with butter or nonstick spray.
- Pour all of the apple mixture into the pan. Top with 8 slices of cinnamon swirl bread (the only brand I could find that didn't have raisins was Cinnabon bread.) Press the bread down gently.
- Pour the egg mixture over the top of the bread, making sure to coat evenly.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least a couple hours.
- Remove the plastic wrap or foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, or until lightly browned on top. Let cool 10 minutes. Loosen the edges with a knife, then place a platter over the pan and flip over so that the apples are on top.
- Serve with lots of syrup and whipped cream!
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