Want a simple, yet grand Fall morning breakfast? This Apple Cinnamon French Toast is exactly what you need! Crispy, golden cinnamon french toast is topped with a warm maple apple topping!
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Funny thing happened, while ordering groceries, I ordered what I thought was 5 apples. Turned out, it was 5 BAGS of apples! Any normal person would just eat the apples, the proper/healthy thing to do. But as a food blogger, I’m obligated to turn these 2-3 month supply of apples into something sweet and delicious!
I’ve updated some of my older apple recipes, made some cinnamon rolls, pies, crisps and now I’m making french toast!
Ingredients in Apple Cinnamon French Toast
For the french toast, the recipe is pretty much exactly the same as my Best Ever French Toast recipe. This is what we need:
- Large Eggs: I like to use 5 for that perfect custardy texture.
- Whole Milk/Heavy Cream: I’ve found that using all milk makes the mixture too thin and using all cream makes it thicker, but leaves a greasy mouth feel. When I combine them together they create the perfect french toast texture!
- Granulated Sugar/Brown Sugar: Add sweetness + enhance the flavours!
- Salt/Pure Vanilla Extract: Cuts back the sweetness and adds more flavour.
- Cinnamon/Nutmeg: I always add cinnamon to my french toast mixture, but since this FT is specifically cinnamon flavour, we’ll be adding an entire tablespoon! And of course a dash of nutmeg just to add a tiny bit more flavour.
- Sliced Bread: I mentioned all the types of bread you can use in my french toast post, but my go-to is always Brioche! It’s super soft, fluffy and thick which allows it to soak up the egg mixture perfectly without yielding a soggy bread!
How to Make Apple Topping
I don’t really need to explain to you guys how to make French toast since it’s as easy as dipping the bread and frying. So let’s jump straight to the apple topping, instead!
If you’re a long time reader, this topping may look a bit familiar to you. That’s because I introduced it 3 years ago in my Apple Cinnamon Pancakes recipe! In fact, this entire recipe was inspired by those pancakes. Same idea, different breakfast staple.
For the pancakes, I diced the apples into small chunks, but I didn’t wanna do the exact same thing for the french toast. So what I did was use an apple slicer to divide my apples into thick slices, then I cut each slice into halves or thirds. I thought these bigger pieces would effect the cooking time in the recipe but it cooked in just the same amount of time! Yay!!
This topping is super simple to make. Like it’s literally foolproof! Just add the butter, apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to a saucepan over medium heat and let it cook until the apples soften. This should take about 6 minutes. Stir in the maple syrup, then spoon it over your french toast!
My favourite thing about this topping is that it’s a 2-in-1 kind of topping. You get the soft and warm cinnamon apples, but you also get the cinnamon, brown sugar maple syrup to drizzle onto each slice!
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Let’s get baking!
Cinnamon French Toast:
- 5 large eggs, beaten
- ½ cup whole milk
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- 9 - 12 slices bread (Brioche, Texas toast, french bread, challah, or any bread of your choice)
- Butter, for greasing the pan
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 4 apples, peeled and sliced (I used Granny Smith)
- ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 cup maple syrup
For the French Toast:
- Preheat a griddle or a skillet over medium heat.
- In a mixing bowl, add eggs and whisk for 1 minute.
- Pour in milk and cream and whisk to combine. Add both sugars, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and whisk until combined and smooth.
- Pour egg mixture into a shallow dish. Use about a tablespoon of butter to grease the pan.
- Place bread slices into the egg mixture, then flip it over to coat both sides.
- Transfer slices to pan and cook until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Flip bread and cook on the other side for another 2-3 minutes.
- Transfer to a serving plate. Repeat with remaining slices, re-greasing the pan as necessary.
For the Apple Topping/Syrup:
- Add butter, sliced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to a medium saucepan over medium heat and cook until apples soften, 4-6 minutes. Stirring occasionally to coat the apples.
- Add maple syrup and stir to combine. Top French toast with apple topping and syrup. Serve!
- Reheat: the french toast in a preheated 350°F oven for 5-7 minutes, turning halfway.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 214mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 3gSugar: 33gProtein: 6g
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