German Baked Apple French Toast

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Despite its name, French toast is featured in many cuisines, including German cuisine. Food historians believe that the basic recipe was created by an 18th century New York tavern owner named Joseph French.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 9 hours 15 minutes

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 4 tart apples, such as McIntosh
  • 8 slices crusty French bread
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup liquid honey
  • ½ tsp. grated lemon peel
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

Directions

  • Peel, core, and chop the apples. Cut the bread into 1" cubes.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the softened butter, brown sugar, honey, and the grated lemon peel, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Stir in the ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Lay half the bread cubes on the bottom of a deep-sided casserole dish. Pour the brown sugar–syrup mixture over. Lay the apples on top. Add the remaining half of the bread cubes. Pour the beaten egg mixture over. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 325°. Bake uncovered for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool and serve.

Recipe Information

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 4 tart apples, such as McIntosh
  • 8 slices crusty French bread
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup liquid honey
  • ½ tsp. grated lemon peel
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

Directions

  • Peel, core, and chop the apples. Cut the bread into 1" cubes.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the softened butter, brown sugar, honey, and the grated lemon peel, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. In a small bowl, lightly beat the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Stir in the ground cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Lay half the bread cubes on the bottom of a deep-sided casserole dish. Pour the brown sugar–syrup mixture over. Lay the apples on top. Add the remaining half of the bread cubes. Pour the beaten egg mixture over. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 325°. Bake uncovered for 50 to 60 minutes. Cool and serve.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories380
Total Fat14g
Saturated Fat9g
Cholesterol125mg
Sodium230mg
Total Carbohydrate56g
Dietary Fiber2g
Sugars40g
Protein8g