20 thick slices of French bread
2 cups of skim milk
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup white sugar
3 apples, cut into chunks
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup chopped pecans
2 tsp butter for greasing
Powdered sugar for dusting
Whipped cream or whipped topping of your choice for serving
Maple Syrup for serving
chopped pecans for garnish
Grease a large rectangular baking dish with a few teaspoons of butter.
Mix together the brown sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon in a small bowl and spread it onto a large dinner plate.
In a large bowl, combine the eggs and the milk and whisk them together until they're combined well.
One by one, dip the slices of bread in the egg mixture for a second or two and then press each side of the bread into the brown sugar mixture to coat the bread lightly in the sugar and cinnamon. Shake of any excess and add the slices of bread to the greased baking dish at about a 45 degree angle. Repeat this process until the baking dish is full and you've used up all the slices of bread. If you have any extra egg mixture, gently pour it over the slices of bread and then sprinkle any extra sugar mixture over the top as well.
Chop the apples (Don't peel them. They're much prettier with the peel on) and place them in a bowl with the white sugar, cinnamon and pecans. Toss these ingredients together until the apples are well coated with the sugar mixture. Sprinkle the apples, pecans and the sugar mixture over the top of the egg-soaked bread. Use your fingers to push some of the apple pieces in between the slices of bread and then cover the whole baking dish with some plastic wrap.
Place the baking dish in the refrigerator and let it refrigerate overnight.
In the morning, remove the plastic wrap and place the baking dish in the cold oven. Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and let the baking dish heat up with the oven. Once the oven reaches 350 degrees, set the oven timer for 40 minutes. Let the casserole bake until the timer goes off and then check to see that it isn't over-cooking. It likely won't be quite done after 40 minutes and it will need another 10 minutes (a full 50 minutes) to achieve that slightly-crispy beautiful brown top.
It's good to serve it within 10 minutes of removing it from the oven, and dusting a little powdered sugar over the top makes for great presentation! Serve it with some whipped cream and some real maple syrup and you've got the perfect fall breakfast feast!
This is a great Weight Watchers holiday breakfast too, at only 9 PointsPlus for 2 large pieces of French Toast. If you're careful with the toppings you add, it's definitely a great breakfast choice for a special occasion or holiday and it'll help you stay on track!
I hope you enjoyed this recipe! Let me know in the comments below, what's your favourite brunch food?