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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min. + standing
  • Makes
    12 servings (1-1/2 cups syrup)

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 13x9-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 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 in 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece with 2 tablespoons syrup: 463 calories, 20g fat (12g saturated fat), 139mg cholesterol, 400mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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