Shannon Smith Recipe

Upside Down Apple French Toast

By Shannon Smith Shannon

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Shannon's Story

This is so delicious and has been a hit every time I've made it. It is really easy and looks very elegant when served. Great for overnight guests.

No syrup needed for this. The brown sugar, butter and apples provide all the wonderful flavor needed and of course the creme topping doesn't hurt either.

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This is a really good and impressive breakfast casserole for you to serve to guests. The picture shows the dish during preparation - and it only gets better from there! It's great to find such a tasty dish that can also be prepared ahead of time. I especially enjoyed the cream topping; I think it would make a wonderful dip for fruit too!


1 stick
1 c
brown sugar
1 Tbsp
granny smith apples
cinnamon to taste
1/2 c
raisins, optional
loaf french bread, sliced 1/2" thick
1 1/2 c
1 tsp
vanilla extract
nutmeg to taste
1/2 c
sliced almonds, for garnish
1/2 c
whipping cream
1/2 c
sour cream
1/4 c
1/2 tsp
almond extract

Directions Step-By-Step

Combine butter, brown sugar & water in saucepan and heat on medium until bubbling stirring frequently. Pour this mixture into a 9x13" pan and allow to cool 20-30 minutes.
Place sliced apples over brown sugar mixture in bottom of pan in rows close together, overlapping is fine. Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg & raisins if desired.
Place sliced bread on top of apples. Mix eggs, milk & vanilla and pour over bread.
Cover & refridgerate overnight or for at least 3 hrs. to let the bread throughly absorb the egg mixture.
Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until golden and crispy on top. Invert onto platter for serving. If any apples stick you can remove them with a spatula and just arrange on top.
Creme topping is optional but delicious! Just whip all ingredients on high until thickened and serve a generous spoonful on top of each serving.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Bread
Regional Style: American
Collection: Apple Picks
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtag: #Brunch

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Jan 15, 2014 - Pat Duran shared a photo of this recipe. View photo
Pat Duran kitchenchatter
Jan 15, 2014
Just made this for dinner tonight. along with a skillet casserole make in my iron skillet...both smell so good.
Sue Spiersch alamedakid
Dec 30, 2013
This one's a keeper. I followed the recipe exactly and included the sauce at the bottom of the recipe. The sauce puts it over the top. I made if for a Christmas brunch and it was a hit.
joanna economakos 2bor0
Oct 11, 2013
In regard to 'watery apples': Apples each year have different amount of juice. Cook some into applesauce ( slow cooker)( I keep the skins on) and see how watery they are.If watery use them for ice cream topping on cheese cake topping. In my apple pies if they have excessive juice I put a tbsp of flour in the bottom.If not you don't need any flour except in the crust. Here's to good apple season. Joanna
Sep 15, 2013 - Lara Gallagher shared a photo of this recipe. View photo