apple cinnamon french toast

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instead of the traditional french toast recipe, here is one to try for an overnight french toast.  this recipe was easy and very tasty.  i will certainly try this one again.  it combines sliced apples and cinnamon during the baking process, which saves time and effort.  i decreased the recipe in half, as we had a smaller number of people for the meal. i would suggest slicing the apples as thin as possible, perhaps even using a mandolin for perfection.  i also used a cinnamon raisin bread instead of the french bread that was suggested in the recipe.  here is how i made the french toast:

coat a rectangle baking dish with cooking spray.  line the bottom of the baking dish with slices of bread, cutting those to fill the corners or ends of the dish.  make certain that the bread is only one layer.  beat 3 eggs with 3/4 cup of milk or fat-free half and half.  add three tablespoons of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and a dash of salt.

pour this mixture over the bread.  combine 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon and mix in a small bowl  peel, core and slice 2 large red apples.  be certain to slice the apples into rings, thinner rather than thick slices would be preferred.  place the apples on top of the bread in the dish.  sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar mixture.  cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.

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in the morning, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  cut 3 tablespoons margarine into small pieces and arrange over the apples.  bake uncovered for 35 minutes.  allow to stand for about 5 minutes prior to serving for breakfast.  top with powdered sugar and syrup to taste.

this is a special breakfast for the holidays. my version will serve at least 4-5 people.  use 8 ounces of bread, 6 eggs, 1 1/2 cups of milk, 8 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 4 apples for a larger group of people.

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