Apple Toffee French Toast with Apple Syrup
Sweet Category Winner of Tree Top’s America’s Secret Ingredient Recipe Contest
8 cups French bread, cut into 1 inch cubes
3 tart apples, peeled, chopped
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup Tree Top Apple Juice
¾ cup milk
2 tsp vanilla, divided
½ cup English toffee bits
1 cup sugar
2 TBSP cornstarch
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
2 cups* Tree Top Apple Juice
2 TBSP lemon juice
5 TBSP butter
* For thicker syrup, try reducing Apple Juice to 1 cup.
Place half the bread cubes in a greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan; top with apples. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugars, Tree Top apple juice and 1 tsp vanilla until smooth; stir in toffee bits. Spread over apples. Top with remaining bread cubes.
In another large bowl, beat the eggs, milk and vanilla until well blended; pour over bread. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.While baking French toast prepare syrup.
In a medium size saucepan whisk together sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, Tree Top apple juice and lemon juice; heat to a boil; whisk constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Add butter.
Serve over warm Apple Toffee French toast to 8 VERY lucky people.
Spoon warm syrup over French toast. For real decadence, dollop a spoonful of whipped cream on top.