Friday, February 29, 2008

Holiday Morning French Toast

Easy to make and incredibly delicious. I love it that you can make it the night before and stick in the oven in the morning. Does that spell holiday or what? And I think it tastes good any time of year.


READY IN 5 Hrs 5 Min

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 teaspoons McCormick® Ground Cinnamon, divided
3 tart apples, such as Granny Smith, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
1 loaf Italian or French bread, cut into 1-inch slices
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Combine brown sugar, butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a 13x9-inch baking dish. Add apples and cranberries; toss to coat well. Spread apple mixture evenly over bottom of baking dish. Arrange slices of bread on top.

Mix eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining 2 teaspoons cinnamon until well blended. Pour mixture over bread, soaking bread completely. Cover and refrigerate 4 to 24 hours.

Bake, covered with aluminum foil, in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 40 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Serve warm. For an eye-catching presentation, loosen edges of baking dish and invert onto a large serving platter.