When You’re Too Lazy to Bake: Apple Pie French Toast

September 1, 2018

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

  1. In a large saucepan, cook apples and water over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until apples are tender.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon. Stir into the apple mixture.
  3. Bring up to a boil and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly until thickened.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese and lemon juice.
  5. In small bowl, beat the eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining sugar.
  6. 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.
  7. Assemble the sandwiches by spreading 1/3 of the apple mixture onto each sandwich.
  8. Cut diagonally in the middle.
  9. Top with ice cream and brown sugar crumble.
  10. Serve.

Procedure for the Brown Sugar Crumble

  1. In a small bowl, combine flour, brown sugar and cinnamon.
  2. Add the melted butter and stir until fully incorporated.
  3. Using your fingers, finish working the butter into flour mixture, gently squeezing until a nice crumbly mixture forms.
  4. Sprinkle on top of Apple Pie French Toast
Mikka Wee Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of Pepper.ph and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, Preen.ph. She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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12 responses to “When You’re Too Lazy to Bake: Apple Pie French Toast”

  1. I love it! I like how you have photos of the ingredients in there, Mye 🙂

  2. Ramon Rocha IV says:

    I love how this is presented! And thanks for another great recipe. I’m excited to try it out 🙂

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  4. WOW! now that’s my kind of french toast!!

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  6. Lunamurad says:

    Thanks it is very I like it

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  8. Bill Bale says:

    Not only does this look gorgeous, I love how you did your instructions line by line vs. paragraphs. It’s hard to see the steps in all those words.I have to put the recipe in a doc and edit it. A waste of time when I could be cooking.

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