Blue Ribbon Favorites Karri Perry - Apple Pie French Toast Bake

Updated: May. 6, 2021 at 10:17 AM EDT
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Apple Pie French Toast Bake - Karri Perry 350 degrees-middle oven rack, 8x8 dish-Serves 4-6 Ingredients: 1 tablespoon softened butter for dish 8-10 slices brioche bread 6 eggs 3 Tablespoons maple syrup 2 cups whole milk or half and half 1 cup apples peeled and diced (about 2-3 apples) 1 Tablespoon brown sugar 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar 1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice Streusel-mix together with a fork until crumb-like consistency forms. 4 Tablespoons softened butter 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup all purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon Pinch of salt 1/4 cup chopped pecans-optional Directions: Butter an 8x8 casserole dish-set aside. On a baking sheet, place brioche bread in a single layer, toast for 10-12 minutes in a 200 degree oven-to lightly dry out the bread. Let bread cool, then slice into 1-2 inch squares. Place bread into the buttered casserole dish. Peel and dice the apples (about 1 inch sized pieces) Toss the apples in a mixture of the brown sugar, granulated sugar and the apple pie spice. Add the coated apples evenly to the bread. In a large bowl, add 6 eggs, 2 cups milk and 3 Tablespoons of maple syrup. Gently whisk until smooth and uniform. Slowly pour the egg/milk/syrup mixture over the bread and apples. Let the bread soak up the mixture for 3 minutes. Submerge any noticeably dry bread pieces. Cover casserole with foil and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 40 minutes on the middle oven rack. After 40 minutes, remove the foil, add the streusel crumb topping and bake, uncovered for an additional 20 minutes more. The finished Apple Pie French Toast Bake should be puffed, golden and reach and internal temperature of 170 degrees when baked. Let the casserole rest for 10 minutes after removing from the oven. Slice and serve. It's delicious plain, but you can add syrup, whipped cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce to make it extra delicious. For a large crowd-double the recipe-and use a 9x13 casserole dish. This can be made ahead-cover And refrigerate overnight. Bake time may take an extra 10 minutes.