French toast can be a welcome breakfast meal, enjoyed by children and adults alike. You can get up early and make French toast or you can assemble a French toast casserole the night before and simply bake it the next morning. Adding apples to the casserole gives the French toast an added fresh flavor that your family will love.
Wash, core and thinly slice three to four apples. Use three apples if they are large, use four if they are medium sized.
Melt 4 tbsp. butter in a large skillet. Add the apple slices and cook for 5 minutes or until they begin to soften.
Add the brown sugar, water and cinnamon to the skillet, tossing the apples with the sugar and spices. Continue to cook over medium heat until the apples are soft.
Pour the apple mixture into a 9- by 13-inch baking dish.
Cover the apple mixture with bread sliced approximately 1 inch thick. Good choices are French or Italian bread or Texas toast.
Break four eggs into a bowl and whisk until fluffy. Add the milk and the vanilla and whisk to incorporate into the eggs.
Pour the egg mixture over the ingredients in the baking dish.
Bake immediately in a 375 degree F. oven for 35 minutes or until the bread is brown. Alternatively, cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerator overnight. Cook the following morning in a 375 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes.