Recipe by Kittencal@recipezazz
This is all prepared the night before, just pop in the oven, bake and serve for a wonderful brunch! you can adjust the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to taste :)
Top Review by Julie F
This was very well received at a brunch I brought it to. I didn't think the apples on top looked very pretty, so I sliced half the french bread and used that on the bottom, layered the apples on top of that, then the second half of the loaf on top of that. I poured half the egg/milk mixture over the apple layer, and another on top of the second layer of bread. Finally, I sprinkled the cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the bread right before baking. It turned out pretty and very delicious! I love that it can be made the night before and popped in the oven in the morning. Mine puffed up in the oven and then settled nicely, so I would be sure to plan to let it sit a bit before serving. Having the bread layer on top made it a little less like a bread pudding, as it wasn't as soft as the lower layer of bread. Will definitely make this again!
- 1 loaf French bread (1 pound)
- 8 large eggs, beaten
- 3 1⁄2 cups full-fat milk or 3 1⁄2 cups half-and-half cream
- 1 cup sugar, divided (or more to suit taste)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 6 medium apples, cored and thinly sliced (one more apple won't hurt)
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg (or to taste)
- 3 -4 tablespoons butter (cut in small cubes)
Directions See How It's Made
- Slice the bread 1-1/2-inch thick.
- Coat a 13 x 9" pan with nonstick spray.
- Tightly pack the bread slices into the pan.
- In a large bowl, stir together eggs, milk, 1/2 cup sugar (or to suit taste), and the vanilla; pour half of the egg mixture over the bread slices.
- Evenly distribute the apple slices over the bread.
- Top with remaining egg mixture.
- In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg; sprinkle over the apples.
- Dot with butter cubes.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- The next morning/day uncover the baking pan and bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven, for 50-60 minutes.
- Remove from the oven then let stand for 10-15 minutes.
- Cut into squares and serve warm.
- TIP: Brushing the apple slices with fresh lemon juice, will prevent any browning on the slices while in the fridge overnight.