Holiday Morning French Toast

by Lynda





  1 cup of brown sugar

  1/2 cup of melted butter

  3 teaspoons ground cinnamon (divided)

  3 tart apples (Macintosh) 1, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced 7

  1/2 cup of dried cranberries or raisins2

  1 loaf of Italian or French bread cut into 1-inch slices3

  6 large eggs

  1 1/2 cups of milk

  1 teaspoon of vanilla extract5




1.  Combine brown sugar, butter and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

in a 13 X 9 inch baking pan.  Add apples and cranberries;

toss to coat well.  Spread apple mixture evenly over the

bottom of the pan.  Arrange slices of bread on the top.


2.  Mix eggs, milk, vanilla and the remaining 2 teaspoons of

cinnamon until well blended.  Pour mixture over bread, soaking

bread completely.  Cover and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours. 6


3.  Bake, covered with aluminum foil, in a preheated 375 F oven

for 40 minutes.  Uncover and bake 5 more minutes.


4.  Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes.  Serve warm.




1 Lynda: I used golden delicious apples and it tasted great!

2 Lynda: I used chopped walnuts instead and it tasted great!

3 Lynda: I bet you could use all those left over rolls cut up in half!

4 Lynda: A little longer if you want the top to be crispier.

5 Yale: I reduced this from tablespoon to teaspoon.

6 Yale: I didn't notice this till it was too late so I just flipped

            each piece of bread to soak as much as possible. 

            The results were great.

7 Yale: How thin is thinly sliced? 

            Quarter the apple, and then quarter the quarters.