Apple and Pecan Stuffed French Toast
Once a year I make this Apple and Pecan Stuffed French toast. It is delicious, but not exactly a healthy breakfast. Decadent...yes, healthy....no. But, this stuffed French Toast is oh, so good. You must have it at least once a year. It's perfect for a holiday brunch. I usually save it for Christmas.
|Yummy Stuffed French Toast|
There are a number of reasons this Apple and Pecan Stuffed French Toast is a perfect for a holiday breakfast or brunch.
- You make it in advance.
- It's a one pan dish.
- It can be served hot, warm, or at room temperature.
- It tastes like you went to a lot of effort.
This French Toast would make a perfect, over the top breakfast for New Year's Day, especially because you can make it ahead of time. That way you can just pop it in the oven New Year's Day morning and 40 minutes later you'll taste heaven in your mouth.
Stuffed French ToastPrinter Friendly Recipe
For the French Toast
|The Yummy Spiced Custard|
- 6 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 8 ounces cream cheese, cold
- 2 cups fruit preserve, or cooked fruit (I prefer canned apple pie filling)
- 1 loaf day old bread
For the Topping
- 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
- 2 Tablespoons dark corn syrup
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- sweetened whipped cream, optional
Prepare a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with butter or non-stick spray. Slice your bread. You can use any firm textured white bread you like. This year I used my honey-oat bread, but I have used many different store-bought breads in the past. You'll want your bread to be a little stale so that it will absorb the custard well. Line the bottom of your pan with slices of the bread, cut into 1/2 inch slices.
|Cut the Bread to Fit the Pan|
Next, add dollops of the cold cream cheese all over the bread. Use the entire eight ounces of the cream cheese.
|Use All of the Cream Cheese|
|The Apple Filling|
In the morning, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and take the pan with the bread out of the refrigerator to warm for about 30 minutes. While the French Toast is warming, melt the butter and mix it with the other topping ingredients. Spread the topping evenly over the bread in the pan.
Bake about 40 minutes, or until set in the middle. Your stuffed French Toast will puff up and may spill over, so you might want to set it on a baking sheet in your oven. Remove the pan from the oven and let it rest. You'll want to let it rest at least 15 minutes, but it can rest for 30 minutes or more. I think it is best when it is not piping hot.
|Serve Warm or at Room Temperature|
Serve warm with sweetened whipped cream. I told you, this is decadent.
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