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Toffee Apple French Toast with Caramel Syrup

 Toffee Apple French Toast with Caramel Syrup
When I was growing up, I loved waking up to the scent of French toast. I have adapted my mom's oven-baked version of he recipe to include one of my other all-time much loved treats; a caramel apple. —Suzanne Forsberg, Manteca, California
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cubed French bread
  • 3 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1 envelope (.74 ounce) instant spiced cider mix
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups 2% milk, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate English toffee bits
  • 5 eggs
  • CARAMEL SYRUP:
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • Place half of the bread cubes in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking
  • dish. Top with apples and sprinkle with cider drink mix. In a small
  • bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugars, 1/4 cup milk and 1 teaspoon
  • vanilla until smooth. Stir in toffee. Spread over apples. Top with

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Toffee Apple French Toast with Caramel Syrup (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • remaining bread cubes.
  • In another bowl, whisk the eggs and remaining milk and vanilla. Pour
  • over top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake,
  • uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a knife inserted
  • near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes before
  • serving.
  • Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, combine the sugar, buttermilk, butter,
  • corn syrup and baking soda. Bring to a boil over medium heat,
  • stirring constantly. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture
  • turns a golden amber color, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat;
  • stir in vanilla. Serve with French toast. Yield: 12 servings (1-1/2
  • cups syrup).
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece with 2 tablespoons syrup equals 463 calories, 20 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 139 mg cholesterol, 400 mg sodium, 65 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.
Wine: Sparkling Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sparkling wine.