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Set of 3 french toasts topped with caramelized apples

French Toast with Caramelized Apples


  • Author: Eric Jones
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

This French Toast with Caramelized Apples can get any day started on the right foot! Texas toasts are dipped in creamy custard and pan-fried with butter until golden brown, then drizzled with a generous portion of caramelized apples for the ultimate breakfast treat.


Ingredients

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For the French Toast:

  • 8 Texas toast, sliced
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp evaporated milk
  • 3 large brown eggs
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp ground nutmeg
  • 4 tbsp butter, for cooking

For the Caramelized Apple Sauce:

  • 2 whole Honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

For the French Toast:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk heavy whipping cream, evaporated milk, eggs, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and nutmeg until well blended. Set your custard to the side.
  2. Heat cast-iron skillet to medium. Add 1 tablespoon of butter into the skillet and spread evenly. (You may need to add 1 tablespoon of butter to skillet for every two French toast cooked.)
  3. Dip bread slices into the custard. Coat each side evenly. Cook on each side for 3 minutes (or until golden brown), then set to the side. 
  4. Repeat this process for the remaining bread slices. 

For the Caramelized Apple Sauce:

  1. Heat a saute pan to medium heat. Add butter and spread evenly.
  2. Add brown sugar and sugar to the pan, constantly stirring, allowing the sugars to caramelize. Once the sugars begin to bubble, add your sliced apples. Continue cooking and stirring.
  3. Add half of the evaporated milk, and allow to cook for 2 more minutes. Add the rest of your evaporated milk and vanilla extract. Stir until smooth.
  4. Remove the skillet from the heat. To serve, pour caramelized apples over french toast. 

Notes

I prefer bread that is sliced thick when making French toast. My favorites are Texas toast, Brioche, and Challah bread, which I purchase whole and slice on my own. Stale or day-old bread also works well.

Not all apples are created equal when it comes to caramelizing. You’ll get the best results when you use the crispiest apple variety possible, and they’ll maintain their firmness while cooking. Your best bet is Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Fuji, and Gala.

The ideal French toast is browned and crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. It’s not too dry, yet it’s certainly not soggy. Don’t allow your bread slices to rest too long in the custard. This will make bread too wet. Quickly dip the bread in the custard on both sides, ensuring it is completely covered from edge to edge.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: French

Nutrition

  • Calories: 426
  • Sugar: 21g
  • Sodium: 258mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Carbohydrates: 40.8g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Protein: 7.9g
  • Cholesterol: 121mg

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