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Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

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Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

We all know breakfast is the most important (and, in my opinion, most delicious) meal of the day, with that in mind I have a yummy french toast  casserole that you can prepare tonight, and bake when you get up in the morning.  I dub this scrumptious creation Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling. With thick, crusty bread, sweet, juicy apples, and tangy, sweet maple cream cheese filling, you really can’t go wrong

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

I started with some crusty pecan raisin bread from the grocery store bakery (any flavor you like is find as long as it’s a thicker, crusty bread) and cut it into cubes.

pecan raisin bread

I layered half of it in a baking dish and topped it with chopped apples (I used fuji, but any kind you have on hand is fine).

apple cinnamon french toast casserole

Then I whipped up some maple syrup cream cheese by whisking together cream cheese, syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon (try to refrain from eating this with a spoon…) and poured it over the apples.

maple cream cheese filling

I topped the apples with the remainder of the bread.  Next I beat some eggs with some milk and more cinnamon and poured the mixture over top of the casserole, making sure all the bread was coated.

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

At this point I covered the casserole and refrigerated it overnight, but if you’re super ambitious you could bake it as soon as you’re done prepping it (but I definitely love sleeping way too much for that).  Bake in the oven until the top gets brown and crunchy.

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

I let it sit for a few minutes and then served it with some fresh berries, let me tell you, it was divine!  The perfect balance of sweet, I didn’t even use syrup.

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

Recipe

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole with Maple Cream Cheese Filling

Makes 1 – 8″ square baking pan

Ingredients:

1 loaf of crusty pecan raisin bread (mine was ~1 pound) – cubed

2 apples – chopped into bite sized cubes

4 ounces cream cheese – softened

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon cinnamon

4 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Fresh fruit (optional for serving)

Maple syrup (optional for serving)

– Layer half of the cubes bread in the bottom of a 8″ square baking pan and cover with the chopped apples

– Whisk together the softened cream cheese, maple syrup, vanilla and tablespoon of cinnamon until smooth (microwave for a few seconds if needed) and pour over the apples

– Top with the remaining half of the bread cubes 

– Whisk the eggs, milk, and teaspoon of cinnamon until well combined and pour evenly over the casserole, making sure all of the bread cubes are coated

– Cover and refrigerate overnight (or bake immediately if desired)

– Heat the oven to 375 ºF and bake for 50-55 minutes, the top should be browned and slightly crisp and the center should not jiggle when the dish is moved

– Let stand for a few minutes and serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup as desired

 

 

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Orange Cinnamon French Toast

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Orange Cinnamon French Toast

I absolutely love breakfast foods, I think restaurants should serve them all day, and breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things.  Until a few years ago I was never a big fan of French Toast.  I know, I thought it was strange too, bread, eggs, cinnamon, sugar, what’s not to like?  So I played around with different ingredients and came up with this Orange Cinnamon version.  It’s now my go to french toast recipe and it’s pretty delicious if I do say so myself!

orange french toast

First buy some cinnamon swirl or cinnamon raisin bread, this is an absolute necessity, don’t even try to make this with regular bread, it won’t be nearly as scrumptiously delicious.

Cinnamon Raisin Bread

Then cut it into thirds.  Part of the reason I was never a huge french toast fan was that I always thought the center wasn’t done right, it was too egg-y or something, but cutting it in thirds eliminates that problem.

Sliced bread

Then zest 2 oranges into a dish and then add their juice.

oranges

Crack some eggs into the dish, add cinnamon and vanilla, and whisk away.  Dip the bread slices into the mixture so that they’re completely coated and then place them in a buttered skillet.

bread in egg

Cook for a few minutes, and the flip and cook on the other side.

bread in skillet

Once cooked, remove to a plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

orange french toast

Serve with more powdered sugar, syrup, and fresh fruit if desired.

orange cinnamon french toast

Recipe

Orange Cinnamon French Toast

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

1 loaf of cinnamon raisin or cinnamon swirl bread (16 slices)

8 eggs

2 navel oranges – zest and juice

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla

powdered sugar (for serving)

syrup (for serving)

fresh fruit (optional for serving)

– Slice the bread into thirds

– Scramble the eggs in a shallow dish

– Add the orange, cinnamon, and vanilla to the egg and whisk together

– Dip the bread pieces into the egg mixture until they’re completely coated

– Place in a buttered skillet and cook for 3-5 minutes until done

– Flip and cook the other side for 3-5 minutes, or until done

– Remove from the skillet and place on a plate, sprinkle with powdered sugar

– Serve with extra powdered sugar, syrup, and fresh fruit as desired