This Apple Pie French Toast is one seriously decadent breakfast! All the flavours of apple pie, with plenty of cinnamon is packed inside sweetened, milky bread before being fried. Sweet, tart and filling, the perfect breakfast for those weekend mornings.
Hello and welcome to a new week! It’s the third Monday of February, which means it’s time for Secret Recipe Club!
I also have an announcement – this will be my last Secret Recipe Club. I’ve been a part of the club for almost 2 years now and have loved my time in it, but I feel like it’s time to try new things and take my blog in another direction.
With that out of the way, this month I was assigned Sashi’s blog Get off the Couch and Cook. Sashi lives just outside Atlanta with her husband, cats and best friend.
As I was reading all about Sashi, I found myself super interested in her problems with processed food and diagnosis of “undefined intolerance to processed foods” as I’m currently going through a heap of tests and different medications to try and work out what is wrong with my stomach. I am adamant that it’s processed food and highly sugary foods as the pain is intolerable after eating anything like that, but at the moment the Doctor’s don’t know.
I do try my best to stay away from processed food now (the cakes… that’s a little harder) as it’s not worth the agony afterwards, so I was super excited to look through all of Sashi’s recipes – she is all about delicious, REAL food – not health foods, but good food done right.
It took my sooooooo long to find a recipe to make. I was mesmerized by her BBQ Chicken Pizza, Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Asian Pulled Pork and Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza – they all looked so delicious, but then I happened upon her Apple Pie French Toast and just KNEW I had to make it.
You should all know by now that breakfast is by far my favourite meal of the day and I am always looking for new recipes to switch things up.
I hate being stuck in a breakfast rut and just love sweet, filling recipes. I’ve been having my Cinnamon Raisin Overnight Oats a ton recently, so I really wanted to try something different – but still with cinnamon as I’ve heard that it’s great at staving off hunger pangs until lunch!
This Apple Pie French Toast is DIVINE. Like literally sent from heaven. It’s so decadent and packed with flavour. AND, embarrassingly, it’s the first time I’ve ever made French Toast…
That’s going to change now!
It’s a two stage process to make this dish; you have to make an apple pie filling first (although you can use canned filling, I just believe that homemade is always best!) and then make your french toast using your filling.
I decided to use brioche instead of normal white bread as I prefer sweeter bread with sweet fillings and it was amazing. Dipped in the sweet cinnamon, milk mixture and then fried with the sweet, spicy, tender apple pie filling I was almost drooling at just the smell.
I could NOT wait to devour this whole dish. The apples were tender from being cooked in the sauce.
The sauce was gloriously thick. The bread was crisp on the outside and soft in the middle.
And I was in heaven. I don’t have any more words for how good this was, just photos to try and show you!
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- For the apple pie filling:
- 5-6 large green apples (I used Bramley apples)
- 1tbsp lemon juice
- ¾ cup (150g) caster sugar
- ¼ cup (35g) plain flour
- 1tsp ground nutmeg
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼tsp salt
- 1 and ½ cups (360ml) water
- For the French toast:
- 2 cups of apple pie filling
- 1 cup (240ml) milk
- ¼ cup (35g) plain flour
- 2tbsp cornflour
- 2tbsp caster sugar
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- ½tsp ground nutmeg
- 1tbsp butter
- 8 slices bread, sliced thickly (I used Brioche)
- Make the apple pie filling first: Peel and chop your apples into small chunks (3/4 inch pieces) then place them into a medium sized bowl. Add the lemon juice to your apples then toss to combine. Leave to one side.
- Place the sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt into a small bowl and whisk to combine. Then tip it into a medium sized saucepan before pouring in the milk gradually, whilst whisking to ensure no lumps.
- Place the saucepan on a high heat and whisk continuously until it thickens and starts to bubble. Once bubbling, add in the apples and stir to coat. Turn the heat down to low and then cook for around 10 minutes, until the apples are tender. Once done remove from heat and leave whilst you prepare the bread mixture.
- Place the milk into a small bowl and then add in the flours, sugar and spices, whisk until combined. Pour into a shallow bowl and leave to one side.
- Place a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the butter. Spread the butter around to coat the pan as it melts.
- Take one slice of bread and press one side into the milk mixture, then place it wet side down into your frying pan. Top it with 2tbsp of apple pie filling before getting another slice of bread, dipping one side into the milk mixture and placing it wet side up on top of the apple filling.
- Repeat for your remaining bread (you will have 4 sandwiches and may need to cook in batches - I cooked 2 at a time)
- Cook until golden and crispy, around 3 minutes, before flipping to cook the other side until golden.
- Once all are cooked, plate them up and top them with remaining apple pie filling.
- Serve immediately.