Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Upside-Down Apple French Toast with Cranberries and Pecans

I was watching Tyler Florence one day and he made this for an episode for a brunch. I just about flipped out of my chair with how good it looked. I had to try it and made it for a late breakfast one Sunday morning. It ROCKED! You've gotta try this. Everyone will think you are a super chef.

4 eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 loaf of challah bread, cut into 1 inch-thick slices (I couldn't find this so I used a baguet loaf).
1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1 cup light brown sugar, plus more for sprinkling, divided
4 Granny Smith apples
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Confectioners' sugar, garnish, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a flat dish, crack eggs and add milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Whisk until well combined then lay challah slices in mixture to coat and absorb it all, turning occasionally.

Set a 10-inch skillet, seasoned cast iron if you have, over medium heat. Add the butter and 1 cup sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar has melted and caramelized, about 8 minutes. While the sugar is melting, peel apples, core and cut into halves. Remove from heat and gently whisk in the heavy cream. Sprinkle in the pecans, dried cranberries and gently press in the apple halves so there is a flat surface. Lay soaked slices of challah over the top so it is completely covered -you should be able to arrange the large slices and small slices so there is no gaps. Sprinkle the top with some brown sugar and place into the preheated oven. Bake in the middle of the oven for 40-45 minutes until the top is golden and puffy.

When done, allow to cool for 2 to 3 minutes then invert onto a large plate. Dust with confections' sugar, if desired, and serve.

photo source: food network


Lemon Annie said...


I was trying to track you down to let you know I have started blogging again. You were always one of my favorite readers! I am so glad I have found this yummy blog you started. It inspires even me to cook. Maybe we can collaborate on posts.

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

YUM! I want this right now. (I know better than to visit food blogs when I'm hungry - but can't help myself).

BTW, you were a winner over at my place for the Mario Batalli recipe cards! E-mail me your shipping info and I'll send it along to 42 West, the company who will be sending out the prizes. Congratulations! (ash13jerk at aol) said...

Happy New Year 2010.

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