Hearty French Toast Recipe
Hearty French Toast Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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"Since you make it ahead, this dish is wonderful for brunch," reports Page Alexander of Baldwin City, Kansas.
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + standing
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 24 slices day-old French bread (3/4 inch thick)
  • 12 thin slices fully cooked ham
  • 12 thin slices cooked turkey
  • 1 to 2 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 12 thin slices provolone cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • APPLE CRANBERRY SAUCE:
  • 1-1/2 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and finely chopped

Directions

Place half of the bread in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; top each with a slice of ham, turkey, two to three apple slices and a piece of cheese (cut or fold meat and cheese to fit). Top with remaining bread.
In a bowl, beat eggs, milk and nutmeg; pour over bread. Cover and chill 6 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the first five sauce ingredients; cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Stir in apple. Serve warm over French toast. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Hearty French Toast in Taste of Home February/March 1998, p18

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 562 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 107mg cholesterol, 1413mg sodium, 79g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 4g fiber), 28g protein.

  • 24 slices day-old French bread (3/4 inch thick)
  • 12 thin slices fully cooked ham
  • 12 thin slices cooked turkey
  • 1 to 2 medium tart apples, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 12 thin slices provolone cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • APPLE CRANBERRY SAUCE:
  • 1-1/2 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 medium tart apple, peeled and finely chopped
  1. Place half of the bread in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; top each with a slice of ham, turkey, two to three apple slices and a piece of cheese (cut or fold meat and cheese to fit). Top with remaining bread.
  2. In a bowl, beat eggs, milk and nutmeg; pour over bread. Cover and chill 6 hours or overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the first five sauce ingredients; cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Stir in apple. Serve warm over French toast. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Hearty French Toast in Taste of Home February/March 1998, p18

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