Figuring out what to do with the surplus of apples from the U-pick orchard is quickly becoming a fall tradition in our household, as I gather is the case in many other households as well. This year, we timed our visits (that’s right, plural) at the right time to pick both Fuji apples (my personal favorite for snacking) and Granny Smith apples (my personal favorite for baking, so that means we have/had even double what we had last year.
We’ve been diligently working away at the Fuji apples, eating one or two after dinner most nights, but the Granny Smiths are a little trickier to use up, since I’m not really a fan of eating too many of them plain. I’ve made a few apple crisps already but I wanted to expand my apple repertoire. That’s where a quick Facebook poll came in handy: I asked people what their favorite fall-time beverage was (excluding the ubiquitous pumpkin spice latte), and apple cider came in as the clear frontrunner. From there, I decided to make apple cider French toast, topped with sautéed apples. It was an instant hit! We may or may not have had French toast every weekend for the past three weeks…
Apple cider makes up 2/3 of the liquid for this apple cider French toast, with almond milk making up the remaining 1/3. We’ve been using fresh apple cider from a nearby cider mill, but I imagine any type of cider will work just fine—in fact, I’m planning to try this recipe with Trader Joe’s spiced cider sometime soon! I was a little nervous at first about adding almond milk since many recipes swear by heavy cream, but I shouldn’t have worried: the end result is still ridiculously soft, fluffy, and melt-in-your mouth delicious.
The flavor of the apple cider comes through in a subtle way: it adds sweetness (so there’s no need for additional sugar) and a hint of fragrance, but it can be difficult to discern unless you do a side-by-side comparison with regular French toast…which we did. Like I hinted above, we’ve eaten a LOT of French toast lately. At any rate, the sautéed apples provide plenty of apple-iciousness, BUT if you want to make this apple cider French toast even more apple-tastic, you could whip up some apple cider syrup. I’ve been meaning to try apple cider syrup but haven’t gotten around to it yet, so if you make some, please let me know how it is!
What are your tried-and-true apple recipes? Do you have a favorite variety of apple?
- 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
- 2 medium apples
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/4 cup almond milk (plain or vanilla)
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 slices challah (about 3/4-inch thick)
- butter or margarine for frying
- maple syrup for serving
- Peel and core the apples. Cut each apple into 16 slices (if you are using larger apples, you may need to slice them more thinly). Toss the apple slices with the sugar and cinnamon.
- Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the apple slices and sauté until soft and easily pierced with a fork, about 6-8 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the apple cider, almond milk, eggs, and cinnamon. Place the slices of challah into the mixture individually, allowing them to soak up the liquid. Flip the slices over if needed to ensure that they are evenly saturated. Note: it may be easier to do this step in a pie plate than in the mixing bowl.
- Over medium heat, melt enough butter in a skillet to evenly coat the pan (about 1/2 tablespoon) – if the apples are done, you can use the same skillet, but wipe it clean first. Once the butter is hot, place the challah into the skillet. Cook until lightly browned, then flip and cook until the second side is slightly browned as well. If the skillet appears dry after cooking the first round, add more butter before cooking the next.
- Serve with sautéed apples and a drizzle of maple syrup.
- I use Granny Smith apples. Feel free to use any variety of apple you like, but if you are using a sweeter apple, you probably won’t need a whole tablespoon of sugar.
- This recipe is easy to make dairy-free. Just be sure to select a dairy-free challah (or other type of bread).
This looks wonderful! I use several of your ingredients for my regular french toast, like the almond milk, challah and maple syrup! Love the addition of the cider and sauteed apples!
Thanks! We’ve been trying out various French toast recipes for a while without really keeping track of our favorites, so I thought it was about time to write down the basics and then try something seasonal.
Patty K says
Talk about a decadent brunch recipe!
It really tastes decadent, but I like that it still feels quite light. The best of both worlds!
The hungry homemaker says
This looks absolutely delicious!
I’m glad it caught your eye! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
David @ Spiced says
This looks delicious! Our favorite flavor of apple is honeycrisp…which we only discovered a couple of years ago. But now I swear we get at least 50+ pounds of honeycrisps every year. But now all I can think about is this awesome french toast with apple cider!
I’m not sure if I had tried honeycrisps before, but I only bought them for the first time this year and was instantly smitten. It’s almost like eating candy!
Yummy-sounding and even more delicious-looking French toasts! Love the French connection, too 🙂
Thank you! And it’s even more delicious than it looks 🙂
Julie is Hostess At Heart says
This french toast looks amazing! John would just love this on Sunday morning when we are lazy and love a warm breakfast. Like you, I bake with the granny smiths but love eating the fuji!
Thanks, Julie! I hope you get a chance to make it! And you know, I used to like eating Granny Smith apples, but now I can’t eat them plain. My taste buds must have changed over time! Thank goodness for Fujis 🙂
I love this apple cider French Toast. I would have never thought this was possible! Saving this recipe.
Thanks! Let me know what you think if you try it 🙂
Wow! I love this breakfast recipe so much! And another way to change up my normal french toast.
It’s a most welcome change of pace for breakfasts in our household, so I hope it can be the same in yours! Thanks for stopping by!
The Kiwi Fruit says
What a great twist on an old classic!! Yummy yummy yummy!
Thanks! It’s definitely one of our new favorites.
What a lovely sounding and creative recipe! I love apples and what a clever way to use them. Apple cider and almond milk sounds intriguing! What a great apple feast for Fiesta Friday! 🙂
I loved incorporating sautéed apples into my breakfasts – French toast, pancakes, oatmeal, etc. I’m glad this caught your eye, and I hope you get a chance to try it!
Apples are delicious and it looks great with the French toast 🙂
Gorgeous! I haven’t had French toast for a while (and last time, it was made for me by visiting Spaniards, who claimed it to be ‘Spanish’ toast …) Earmarked this one for future bliss!
I hadn’t had French toast for a while either, until this recipe idea popped into my mind! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do, and thanks for stopping by!