Easy Caramel Apple French Toast Cups

Thursday, August 17, 2017

This week's blog is from guest bloggers Lisa Riedl and Anna Schaber from Garnish with Lemon. Lisa and Anna love to entertain and started their blog after years of friends hounding them for recipes and seeking advice about what to serve at parties. Their no-nonsense approach to entertaining has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Kitchn, Today.com and BuzzFeed. Lisa and Anna reside in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, home to Juicy Lucys, the Mall of America and lots and lots of lakes. 

French toast doesn't get the love it deserves. I'll whip up a batch of pancakes without a second thought, but French toast seems like so much more work. That is, until I made these Easy Caramel Apple French Toast Cups.

French toast is one of my favorite sweet treats for breakfast, but I'm not a fan of standing at the stove waiting for it to be ready so everyone can eat. These Easy Caramel Apple French Toast Cups with layers of bread and caramel apples give you the French toast taste you crave without all of the work. And better yet, it's baked in the oven and can be on the table in 30 minutes. No need to have breakfast prepped ahead of time for these gems.

We used Kerrygold® Salted Butter to sauté the apples because the rich grass fed butter flavor is a perfect complement to the tart apples. Swirl in some brown sugar to help caramelize the buttery apples, and your French toast just got an upgrade. 

With the layers of caramel apples mixed in with the French toast cubes, not only is it easy to make a large batch for a group, you don't even need maple syrup to eat these Easy Caramel Apple French Toast Cups. Although if you do, there's no judgment here. 

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Easy Caramel Apple French Toast Cups
Ingredients:

3 apples, peeled, cored and diced

4 tablespoons Kerrygold® Salted Butter

2 tablespoons flour

1/3 cup brown sugar, packed

2 tablespoons water

3 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 cup half and half

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

6 cups cubed Italian bread

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray ramekins with cooking spray and set aside.

In a small skillet, cook diced apples with butter until apples are slightly soft, about 5 minutes. Add flour and cook for 30 seconds, stirring continuously. Add brown sugar and water and cook for additional 2 minutes, stirring until combined. Remove from heat and set aside.

Place eggs in a medium bowl and beat well. Add milk and half and half and beat to combine. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon. 

Place a layer of bread cubes in each ramekin and top with 1 tablespoon of apple mixture. Add remaining bread cubes and fill to the top of the ramekin. 

Pour 1/4 cup egg mixture over top of bread cubes and top with an additional tablespoon of apple mixture.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until bread is toasted and brown. Serve immediately.