What better way to start my blog, than with breakfast! With Christmas approaching, here is a great recipe for a French Toast casserole. This will feed a family and while it is baking you can enjoy a cup of coffee!
1 C brown sugar
1 t ground cinnamon, plus 2 t. separated
1/2 C butter, melted
3 apples, cored, peeled and sliced
1/2 C Craisins
1 - 1lb. loaf French baguette, cut into 1 inch slices
6 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 C milk
1 T vanilla
Grease a 9 X 13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, mix together brown sugar and 1 t. cinnamon. Mix in melted butter. Stir in apples and Craisins until evenly coated. Pour into prepared pan. Arrange bread slices in an even layer over apples. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and 2 t cinnamon. Pour evenly over bread, fully soaking each slice. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
In morning, preheat oven at 375 degrees. Remove dish from refrigerator while oven is heating. Bake covered for 40 minutes. Remove cover and bake 5 minutes more. Let stand 5 minutes before serving with warmed maple syrup.