This elegant breakfast or brunch dish — laced with cinnamon and bursting with sweet-tart apples — can be assembled the night before, baked in the morning, and then served upside-down to reveal a buttery layer of pecan praline.
It’s so hard for me to believe that 2013 is drawing to a close and it’s already time to start thinking about the holiday season! If you’re wanting to serve a festive breakfast on Thanksgiving or Christmas morning, or if you’re on the lookout for an impressive dish to wow brunch guests over the holidays, look no further than this gorgeous, apple-studded, baked French toast that can be overturned to reveal a beautiful veneer of pecan praline. It’s as pretty as it is delicious, and it will make even an everyday breakfast feel special. Best of all, you can do all of the work the night before so that all you have to do in the morning is bake it off and flip it over!
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love French toast, but when you have a lot of mouths to feed or tummies that are already rumbling, baking it up in the oven is much quicker and easier than cooking it one piece at a time on the stove. That’s where baked French toast comes in, since it’s basically your milk- and egg-soaked, cinnamon-spiced bread in casserole form.
However, this is not your ordinary baked French toast. This version takes the concept and gives it an upside-down cake sort of twist. It’s loaded with moist, tender pieces of bread, laden with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla, as well as bright pops of flavor from soft chunks of sweet-tart apples. But best of all, you have that sticky, crunchy, buttery veneer of pecans. What results is a breakfast dish that’s not only scrumptious, but also makes for quite the impressive presentation!
By arranging the pecans at the bottom of the dish, pouring the custard-soaked bread and apple filling on top, and then turning the whole thing upside down once it comes out of the oven, you’re able to serve this baked French toast in eye-appealing slices that will make any breakfast or brunch feel a bit more special. However, if you don’t want to fuss with thoughtfully arranging the pecans and flipping the whole concoction over, you can always go with a more traditional baked French toast treatment…just serve as is! It’s still rustically beautiful, and when you scoop out servings, you’ll find a fun pecan praline surprise down at the bottom.
The holiday season is right around the corner, and it’s never too early to start thinking about ways to make holiday mornings special or serve overnight house guests with maximum pizazz yet minimal effort. One of my favorite aspects of this recipe is that it can be assembled the evening before, popped in the fridge overnight, and then baked off in the morning. This means that, not only do you end up with a breakfast that wows, but you also don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to accomplish it. Who’s going to argue with that?
A breakfast as lovely as this Apple Praline Baked French Toast has a way of turning any morning into a special occasion. I hope that you enjoy it, friends!
Adapted from Perfect Party Food. (*affiliate link)
This recipe was originally shared as a contributor post over at Love Grows Wild.
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