It’s been an apple fest at my house the last few weeks. I’ve made a tart and a traditional crisp but was I craving something for breakfast. And I needed to use up the remaining 3 apples I picked at Russell Orchards last weekend. I came across this recipe in River Cottage Every Day, you could dress it up with brioche or use regular ol’ stale white bread. Add some bacon and you’ll have a hearty morning feast adults and kids will love.
Rustic Apple French Toast
Adapted from River Cottage Every Day
2 tablespoons milk
About 2 tablespoons sugar
4 thick slices of bread (I used brioche from A.J. King or make-your-own)
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
For the apples
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
A drizzle of sunflower oil
2 crisp eating apples, cored, and cute into thin wedges (I used 3)
2 teaspoons sugar or brown sugar
Beat the eggs with milk and 1 tablespoon of the sugar, then pour into a shallow dish like a cake pan. Add the bread slices and submerge them into the egg mixture, turning to coat them well.
When the bread is soaking, cook the apples. Heat the butter and oil (I omitted) in a frying pan. Add the sliced apples and cook for 5-10 minutes. Add a little sugar toward the end to create a buttery syrup.
Fry the bread in the same pan if you like but if you added sugar you need to rinse the pan—the sugar will burn. Add a little more butter and fry for 2-3 minutes each side.
Scatter the remaining sugar and cinnamon over the bread and pile the warm apples on top with some maple syrup and serve. Enjoy!
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