Just a heads up, this post is sponsored by Seattle Goodwill, which means I was given a gift card to purchase items in their store. All words are my own, and I completely support this organization.
You bet your bottom dollar that we're about to talk about some luxurious french toast, but first, we're going to talk about the food warmer that inspired this recipe.
I have an obsession with feeding people. To the point that I don't need anyone around to cook enough for 10 (which I responsibly save as leftovers, no food waste here). That's why I was incredibly happy to get the Bella food warmer at Seattle Goodwill. I was gifted this wonderful piece to put in my arsenal of entertaining tools, to keep food warm at large gatherings. It's completely brand new. All I had to do was give it a good wash and it was ready to go. That's the beauty of Goodwill: you really never know what people are going to donate, which makes their items that they're no longer using into your little treasures.
Since you'll probably want to make these in batches, keeping the food warm until serving makes the meal just a bit more pleasurable. And you can try different varieties of course with roasted bananas, fresh berries, or peanut butter on the side. French toast is your blank canvas. Be the Picasso that you've always wanted to be.
French Toast with Roasted Apples
About 6 servings
1 french bread loaf
1 cup whole milk
4 Tablespoons melted butter
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 Honeycrisp apples
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Room temperature butter
Cut the apples in half and cut out the core and stem. Then slice each half into four to five pieces. Put on a baking sheet, coat and toss with olive oil and brown sugar, and roast in a 400F oven for about 30 minutes.
Slice the french bread into half inch pieces, cutting the ends of the loaf off. Put the slices on a baking sheet and put in the oven with the apples for about 5 minutes to slightly dry them out.
Beat the eggs in a bowl. In a shallow pan or baking dish, combine the milk, melted butter, vanilla extract, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and beaten eggs. Whisk together so there are no clumps.
Get the griddle or pan to medium high heat. Quickly coat the bread in the liquid mixture for about 5 seconds on each side, then immediately put on the griddle. You can melt a little butter on the griddle beforehand to get browning. Fry for about 5 minutes on each side, or until the middle has a medium firmness. Do this step in batches so the bread isn’t left soaking in the mixture.
Keep the french toast and roasted apples warm before serving, and assemble with syrup, room temperature butter, and powdered sugar.
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