Friday, January 10, 2014

Snowed In? Weekend Breakfast Casserole You Make the Night Before

Apple French Toast Bread Pudding

I love watching Wayne Johnson on NBC5 weekends for entertaining and food ideas.  This recipe caught my eye and I am using it this weekend for family and friends.  We have just had chilling below zero temperatures this week with wind chills of -45 degrees and up to 18 inches of snow in some parts. That's when I head to the kitchen and get creative.  Nothing warms up a home like yummy smells from the kitchen.  This is easy and perfect when you are snowed in (or just want something different for brunch).  

Ingredients:  1 loaf french bread torn into medium sized pieces, 1 tablespoon butter, 2 large apples, cored and chopped, the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 7 large eggs, 2 1/2 cups whole milk (I am using 1%), 1/3 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/2 cup pecan pieces,and syrup, use maple syrup for best flavor.

To Make:  Butter a 2 quart glass baking dish.  Cover the bottom with the bread pieces.  Mix apples with lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl.  Pour mixture over the bread.  Place the eggs in a medium bowl and whisk in milk, sugar and vanilla.  Pour the mixture over the apples and bread.  Press down all of the bread to make sure they are all moistened.  Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.  In the morning, place baking dish on the middle rack of a cold oven.  Set the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 35 minutes.  Carefully remove the aluminum foil and bake for an additional 40-45 minutes until puffed up and golden brown.  Insert a toothpick or knife into the center.  If it comes out clean the bread pudding is ready.

Heat the syrup in a microwave and serve warm.  Scoop the bread pudding onto serving plates.  Allow your guests to sprinkle pecans on their serving if desired and pour warm syrup on top.  

Enjoy and Have a Safe, Warm and Happy Weekend

Happiest Birthday Wishes to my dear brother John! xoxo

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1 comment:

  1. LOVE this recipe! Sounds perfect for a Saturday morning in bed. XO