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Apple Butter French Toast on the Skillet

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Apple Butter French Toast on the Skillet
  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12
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Apple Butter French Toast on the Skillet

Apple butter French toast topped with chopped pecans and baked in a cast-iron skillet.

Ingredients

2
cans Pillsbury™ refrigerated French loaf
3/4
cup packed light brown sugar
1/2
cup pecan halves, chopped
4
tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4
teaspoon ground ginger
1
teaspoon cinnamon
1
tablespoon vanilla
8
eggs
1
cup milk
Powdered sugar and maple syrup, for serving (optional)
1
cup apple butter
1
pinch salt

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • 2 Unroll French loaves onto baking sheet. Cut 4 to 5 half-inch-deep slits in the top of each loaf.
  • 3 Bake loaves 30 minutes until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes before slicing.
  • 4 Melt butter in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Remove from heat; sprinkle brown sugar in the skillet.
  • 5 Slice French loaves into 1-inch slices. Spread a generous tablespoon of apple butter onto a slice; top with another slice of bread to make a sandwich. Repeat with remaining slices.
  • 6 Arrange sandwiches slices of bread evenly on top of butter-brown sugar mixture in skillet.
  • 7 In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Pour batter over bread in skillet. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
  • 8 Bake (with oven still on at 350°F) for 30 to 40 minutes until egg mixture is baked through and tops of bread slices are a deep golden brown.
  • 9 Serve with powdered sugar and maple syrup for topping, if desired.
  • 10 Adapted from <a href="http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2011/03/overnight-french-toast-casserole.html" target="_blank">The Girl Who Ate Everythings Overnight French Toast</a> recipe.
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French toast and apple butter make an incredible breakfast for fall.

As prepared by Girl Versus Dough,

Apple butter snuggles up to French toast and bakes in a cast iron skillet. Who knew tradition could taste so good?

Call me crazy, but I kiiiiiiind of want to just cozy up inside this Apple Butter French Toast all autumn long. 

Who’s with me?

But seriously, can you imagine anything better than waking up to this goodness baking in the oven on a cool fall weekend? Few things will get me out of bed faster than yummy food, and this is no exception.

Sweet apple butter is sandwiched between slices of fresh French bread, which is topped with chopped pecans, which get all toasty in the oven amid the seasonal spices of cinnamon and ginger…sigh. Breakfast just doesn’t get much better, really.

So let’s get baking!

 

Apple Butter French Toast on the Skillet

First, bake a couple loaves of Pillsbury French bread. You can also use their Italian bread or a challah loaf – whatever floats your boat!

 

Apple Butter French Toast on the Skillet

Melt a half a stick o’ buttah in the bottom of a large, cast-iron skillet. If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet, you can also make this in a 13-by-9-inch pan (just be sure to melt the butter separately first). Oh, and then sprinkle the top with brown sugar – can’t forget that important detail!

 

Apple Butter French Toast on the Skillet

Sandwich some apple butter between two slices of French bread, then arrange the slices in a single, even layer in the skillet, like so.

Whip up the egg-milk mixture, then pour it evenly over the bread. Sprinkle the top with chopped pecans.

 

Apple Butter French Toast on the Skillet

Bake the French toast until the egg mixture is baked through and the tops of the bread slices are a deep golden brown (if the bread is turning too dark while baking, cover the skillet with a sheet of foil).

 

Apple Butter French Toast on the Skillet

Isn’t that just a glorious sight of gloriousness?

Serve up slices with powdered sugar and maple syrup, and watch everyone fight for seconds (except for me, of course – I’ll just be thinking about cozying up in that skillet).

 

Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) joined Tablespoon to share her adventures in the kitchen. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!

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