To me, this french toast tastes like Christmas morning. All those wonderful flavors--the apples and cranberries, the cinnamon and nutmeg--is somehow reminiscent of holiday cheer. But don't think that I'm only going to make this recipe during the holiday season. That's crazy. It tastes way too good for that.
Carameled Apples French Toast
(adapted from Judy in Her Natural Habitat)
1/4 cup butter
1/4 heaping cup brown sugar (or your BiH equivalent)
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash or two of nutmeg
1/2 cup water
3 medium-sized Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries, optional
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
8ish thickly sliced pieces of French bread (I used a loaf of whatever-kind-of-bread-this-is from our local grocer)
1) In a medium-sized pot, melt butter and combine the remaining ingredients, adding the apples last. Bring syrup to a simmer and allow to cook 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and apples soften. Set aside.
2) In a medium-sized bowl, mix the eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture one at a time and coat both sides.
3) Melt a small amount of butter in a pan and fry the slices of bread until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes per side.
4) Serve the french toast covered in the caramelized apple syrup. Enjoy!