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Apple Pie French Toast

My favorite French Toast recipe that acts as either breakfast or a dessert. Dollop whipped cream on top if desired or a scoop of caramel ice cream. No syrup needed!


For 6 Serving(s)


  • firm apples*
  • 1/4 cup(s) cornstarch
  • 1 cup(s) sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon(s) grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon(s) each cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 cup(s) apple jelly, whisked smooth
  • 1/2 cup(s) orange juice
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup(s) butter or margarine, melted
  • slices bread, stale if possible
  • 2 tablespoon(s) granulated sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon dried ginger

Apple Pie French Toast Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Peel, core and wedge apples; place in a large bowl. Toss with cornstarch, 1/2 cup sugar, orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg. Empty apple mixture into an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan, evening out. Drizzle apple jelly over the top; set aside.
  2. In a shallow bowl, whisk together orange juice, eggs and melted butter. Cut each bread slice into 4 triangles. Dip in orange juice mixture, coating both sides and arrange over the apples. Repeat until all bread is used, overlapping slightly. Sprinkle the top of the bread slices with sugar/ginger mixture and bake 40-45 minutes, or until the apples are softened and bubbly and the French Toast is crispy and starting to darken. Remove from oven to serve hot or let cool before serving.
  3. * Granny Smiths are great here but I find Cortlands, new Macs, Delicious are equally at home here.