Buttermilk Baked French Toast with Sauteed Apples

I am a pretty simple person when it comes to breakfast.  I like oatmeal cooked in milk with brown sugar, raisins, and walnuts.  When I woke up a few days ago, I was craving something warm and delicious, something other than the plain oatmeal breakfast I usually ate.

It just so happened that we had gone to the bagel bakery and picked up a loaf of fresh challah a few days before.  We also grabbed a quart of buttermilk from the store that was sitting, unopened in the fridge.

When you have challah and dairy, your instinct should be to make French toast.  I had that exact thought, and got to work on making a quick custard for my buttermilk baked French toast.

You have to start of your day right, and while this is delicious, just having French toast for breakfast is probably not the healthiest.  With a big bowl of apples on our counter, waiting to be used, I knew the next element of the dish.

With a sweet cinnamon apple topping and a creamy and slightly tangy buttermilk custard, this dish will become your favorite breakfast recipe.  It takes just minutes to make, under a half hour to bake, and the best part, no extra dishes!

 

Buttermilk Baked French Toast with Apples

Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4 generous portions

French Toast Ingredients

·      2 eggs

·      3 tbsp sugar

·      1 tsp cinnamon

·      ½ cup buttermilk

·      1 Cup whole milk

·      4 slices challah bread (3/4 inch thick), torn into pieces

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a 12x12 inch baking dish, whisk together the eggs, sugar and cinnamon until completely combined.  Stir in the buttermilk and whole milk and mix thoroughly.  Press the challah into the dish, and stir to completely coat with custard.  Let sit for 1 minute to let the bread soak.  Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then turn the oven to 375 degrees and bake and additional 15 minutes.  Remove from oven, cut into squares, and serve with apples.

Sauteed Apples Ingredients

·      2 small or 1 very large apple, sliced thin

·      1 tsp butter, unsalted

·      ¼ cup water

·      ½ tsp cinnamon

·      2 tsp honey or maple syrup

In a small skillet on medium, cook the apples, butter, water, and cinnamon, stirring occasionally, until soft, 5-7 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in the honey or maple syrup.  Serve over French toast.