Larry discovered this recipe in the Costco magazine and we love it! We’ve made it for our son who loves anything with cooked apples, as well as for our great nephews and everyone loved it. If you use unfiltered apple juice such as Simply Apple which is in the dairy case near the orange juice, you get a really great flavor in the french toast, and especially in the syrup. This has become a staple for us for special family breakfasts.
8 cups French Bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 tart Apples, peeled and chopped – Granny Smiths work well
8 oz Cream Cheese, softened – I use Neufchatel for less fat
¾ cup Brown Sugar
¼ cup Sugar
¼ cup Apple Juice – I prefer the unfiltered kind like Simply Apple because of the rich flavor
2 tsp Vanilla, divided
½ cup English Toffee bits – the Heath Bar bits are on the baking isle where they sell chocolate chips
¾ cup whole Milk
Place half the bread crumbs in a greased 13×9 baking pan; top with apples.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugars, apple juice and 1 tsp vanilla until smooth; stir in toffee bits. Spread over apples. Top with remaining bread crumbs.
In another large bowl, beat the eggs, milk and 1 tsp vanilla until well blended; pour over bread. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
Heat the oven to 350. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
1½ cups Sugar
2 Tbsp Corn Starch
½ tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Nutmeg
2 cups Apple Juice – I prefer the unfiltered kind like Simply Apple because of the rich flavor
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
5 Tbsp Butter
While the French toast is baking, in a medium saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, apple juice and lemon juice. Heat to a boil, whisking constantly. Boil for 1 minute, then stir in butter. Serve over warm Apple Toffee French Toast.
Optional, top with a dollop of whipped cream.
Makes 8 servings.