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!


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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

  • Comments

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    Mikki Miller littledahl12 - Jan 29, 2010
    Hi Shannon, I assembled this recipe yesterday afternoon and served it with applewood bacon for breakfast this morning. I thoroughly enjoyed it but my husband raved about it. I can't wait to serve it to company. Thank you for submitting it. Mikki
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    Shannon Smith Shannon - Jan 29, 2010
    I am so glad to hear how much your husband liked it. When my husband liked it I knew I had to post it. It will definitely impress your guests!
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    alexandria clark mommylovex5 - Jun 10, 2010
    Sounds yummy, i bet my kids will love it :) I am going to try and make it for Father's day breakfast, if not before then. Thanks
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    Cindy Leonowicz cindee4 - Jun 17, 2010
    This sounds delicious, can't wait to try it this weekend!
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    Jan Mullikin jmulliki - Jun 17, 2010
    I'm making this for Saturday morning breakfast! Thanks for sharing!