When You’re Too Lazy to Bake: Apple Pie French ToastSeptember 1, 2018
- Mikka WeeWords
This Apple Pie French Toast is a great alternative to your regular Apple Pie, especially if you’re lazy not in the mood to bake. It’s simple, foolproof, and absolutely divine.
The trick to making this dish is to use thick, stale bread (1-2 day-old bread), and allow it to soak in the sweet custard mix for 4-5 minutes (2 on each side). Because it’s stale, you need not worry about ending up with mushy eggy bread (or a bread omelet, for that matter).
Oh, and if you’re actually taking the time to read this, you should know that I placed some Parmesan into the apple mixture. Adding the Parmesan adds a hint of saltiness to the cinnamon apples (and if you haven’t tried apple pie with grated cheese on top, you’re seriously missing out on life). Think of it as salted caramel or adding salt to your hot cocoa because yes, this salty-sweet combo works on apple pie, too.
We chose to go à la mode and topped it off with a tablespoon of Mantecado Ice Cream and some homemade Brown Sugar Crumble—just like you would on a piping hot serving of freshly-baked apple pie. Yum. Have it for breakfast or as a snack, this Apple Pie French Toast is all the goodness of a comforting slice of pie without the hassle of using an oven.
Apple Pie French Toast
Total Time: 2 hours / Yield: 2 servings
Ingredients for the Apple Pie French Toast
- 2 cups diced apples
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp. white sugar (divided)
- 5 tsp. cornstarch
- 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 6 slices day-old bread
- 3 eggs
- 2/3 cups milk
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Ice cream
Ingredients for the Brown Sugar Crumble
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 cup melted butter
Procedure for the Apple Pie French Toast
- In a large saucepan, cook apples and water over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until apples are tender.
- In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Stir into the apple mixture.
- Bring up to a boil and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese and lemon juice.
- In small bowl, beat the eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining sugar.
- Pour mixture into a plate and dip slices of bread. Once fully-coated, cook on a lightly-buttered non-stick pan for a minute per side.
- Assemble the sandwiches by spreading 1/3 of the apple mixture onto each sandwich.
- Cut diagonally in the middle.
- Top with ice cream and brown sugar crumble.
Procedure for the Brown Sugar Crumble
- In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Add the melted butter and stir until fully incorporated.
- Using your fingers, finish working the butter into flour mixture, gently squeezing until a nice crumbly mixture forms.
- Sprinkle on top of Apple Pie French Toast