“R and P want to see us next Sunday. Should we invite them over for brunch?”
“I guess, but what would we make?”
“I’ve been wanting to try a French Toast casserole, this would be the perfect opportunity.” M looked skeptical, he doesn’t like it when I mess with either his favorite meal, breakfast, or his favorite dish, French Toast. “It’ll be good. I promise.” I tried to reassure him.
“I guess.” I considered that a win, shot off an email invitation and started researching casserole recipes. Then the week, oh who am I kidding, the month, got away from me and I not only forgot to find a recipe, but I also forgot to buy the ingredients. And then it was 9 pm the night before and I was on my couch trolling the Internet for the best sounding recipe and sending M out to the grocery store for a loaf of bread.
He came home with a bag of Texas Toast just as I found something that not only sounded doable, but also delicious. And 1o pm found me peeling apples and measuring out butter and sugar. The casserole spent the night doing its thing in the fridge and I popped it in the oven this morning. By the time our friends had arrived the house smelled enticingly of warm apples and cinnamon.
The casserole experiment was a huge success and I’m itching to make it again. Who wants to come over for brunch?
This post was inspired by the Sunday Scribblings prompt The Experiment. Click here to see more great entries, and scroll down for the recipe!
Apple French Toast Casserole
(I changed the ingredients slightly. Click the link for the original recipe as posted on Allrecipes.com)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 3 apples – peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 (1 pound) loaf Texas Toast, cut into 1 inch cubes
- 6 eggs, lightly beaten – (remove 2 yolks, so that you’re beating 6 whites and 4 yolks)
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, mix together brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix in melted butter. Stir in apples and raisins until evenly coated.
- Arrange bread slices in an even layer on bottom of pan.
- In the bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Pour over bread, making sure every slice is fully soaked.
- Spread apples & mixture evenly over bread.
- Cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Remove dish from refrigerator while the oven is heating. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove cover, and bake 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.