Cinnamon Apple Stuffed French Toast

This Cinnamon Apple Stuffed French Toast features classic French toast stuffed with a homemade apple pie filling – it’s amazing!

Apple Pie Stuffed French ToastI love weekend breakfasts.  There’s something about a hot cup of coffee (I’ve been loving Green Mountain’s pumpkin coffee lately!) and a delicious baked treat that makes me want out of bed and get the day started.  (During the week I usually stick to yogurt and granola…which is delicious, but it just can’t top a special weekend breakfast yum.)  As I’ve mentioned many times in recent posts, we are in the midst of apple season here in upstate NY.  And with all of the apple-related recipes coming out of my kitchen lately, you might think I’d be over apples by now.  Nope.  Not even close!  I’ve always been a fan of stuffed French toast, so this past weekend I pulled out the griddle and made this delicious Cinnamon Apple Stuffed French Toast for breakfast.

The beauty of this Cinnamon Apple Stuffed French Toast recipe is that it really is quite easy to make.  The apple filling can be made in advance, or if you’re really short on time, you can use canned pie filling.  I’ve seen stuffed French toast in the past that features two slices of French toast with delicious filling in between.  But I’ve always been confused by this.  That’s like a French toast sandwich, not stuffed French toast.  Several weeks ago, I came across the idea of using an extra-thick slice of bread and cutting a “pocket” into the center for the filling.  Let me tell you…this worked great!  I found that it was easier both to cook and serve this style of stuffed French toast.  Just don’t cut all the way through the extra-thick slice of bread.  And also make sure to not cut the slice too thick, or else you might have a hard time cooking your French toast all the through.

Apple Pie Stuffed French ToastIn case you were wondering, it is totally acceptable to make this Cinnamon Apple Stuffed French Toast for dinner.  I’m a big fan of breakfast for dinner on occasion…especially when it starts to get cold outside!  Speaking of cold nights, is anyone else as excited as I am about the return of our favorite Fall tv shows?  Between reruns and the lack of good sports (sorry, baseball), I find the summer to be a bit boring at times.  (That’s usually when I head outside and fire up the grill!)

Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast

Apple Pie Stuffed French Toast

This Cinnamon Apple Stuffed French Toast features classic French toast stuffed with a homemade apple pie filling - it's amazing!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 412kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 extra-thick 2" slices of challah or French bread, or 8 1" slices
  • ½ Tbsp unsalted butter for greasing pan
  • powdered sugar for garnish (optional)

For the Apple Pie Filling

  • ¾ cup water
  • 2-3 apples peeled and thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

For the Batter

  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

For the Apple Pie Filling

  • In a medium saucepot, add the water and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, place remaining ingredients (apples, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cornstarch) in a medium bowl and stir until combined.)
  • Once water begins to boil, add apple mixture to the saucepot and return mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and allow apple mixture to simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until apples are soft.
  • Uncover and allow mixture to cool.

For the Batter

  • Combine all of the batter ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until well combined. Pour into larger, square pan (to make it easier to dip the bread into the batter).

Putting It All Together

  • Using a sharp knife, carefully cut "pockets" into each of the 4 slices of bread. (Alternate method: Cut the bread into 8 1" thick pieces and simply stack the French toast rather than stuffing it.)
  • Fill each pocket with approximately 1/2 cup of apple pie filling.
  • Heat a griddle or large saute pan over medium heat. Add small amount of butter to pan to prevent toast from sticking.
  • Carefully dip both flat sides of the bread into the batter. Place bread in heated pan and cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes per side, or until bread is golden brown in color.
  • Garnish with powdered sugar. (optional)
  • Serve immediately.

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