Crunchies has taken a classic idea and twisted it around a bit – actually, they have turned it upside down! It’s simple, delicious and much healthier than your average French toast. You don’t even need syrup when it’s done, as it’s already unbelievably flavorful.
Crunchies Baked Fruit French Toast
1 Tbsp unsalted butter (“Mom” prefers organic)
1 large sweet apple peeled, cored and thinly sliced
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup Maple syrup
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 container (2 cups) Mixed Fruit Crunchies*
1 – 2 teaspoons orange zest (optional)
6-10 slices of bread cut 1″ thick (French is the classic choice but any lighter bread will do)
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups milk or soymilk (“Mom” prefers organic)
3 large eggs and 1 egg white (“Mom” prefers organic)
Medium sized casserole dish (Pyrex or ceramic – about 12″ x 9″ x 2″)
1. Melt the butter and sauté the apples until soft (about 5 minutes), add the water, syrup, 1/4 t cinnamon, 1/2 t vanilla and Mixed Fruit Crunchies. Simmer until all the liquid is absorbed (about 8 minutes). Put the fruit mixture into the bottom of the dish and place the sliced bread on top.
2. Beat the eggs, remainder of cinnamon, vanilla and orange zest. Add the milk and beat together. Pour over the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In the morning, remove the dish from the refrigerator and allow to get to room temperature (about 30 minutes). Uncover, put in the over and bake until golden brown and a knife inserted comes out clean (about 30 minutes). Let rest for a few minutes and then loosen the edges with a knife and use spatula to dish up. For a more dramatic presentation, place a serving plate on top of the dish and flip over to serve.
*Recipe and image courtesy of Crunchies.*