Sunrise French Toast

  • Yield: 12 servings


1cup packed brown sugar
1/2cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1teaspoon cinnamon
3-- tart apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/2cup dried cranberries, or raisins, or both
1loaf Italian or French bread, cut into 1-inch thick slices
6-- eggs
1 1/2cups milk
1tablespoon vanilla extract
2teaspoons cinnamon
-- Confectioners' sugar


  1. Combine the brown sugar, butter and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.  Add the apples and cranberries. Toss to coat well.  Spread the mixture over the bottom of the dish.  Arrange the bread slices on top.  
  2. Mix the eggs, milk, vanilla and 2 teaspoons cinnamon in a  bowl.  Pour over the bread.  Chill, covered, for 4 to 24 hours.  
  3. Bake, covered with foil, at 375F for 40 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 5 minutes longer.  Let stand for 5 minutes.  Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Serve warm.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Junior League of Jacksonville’s Toast of the Coast (The Junior League of Jacksonville, Inc., 2005).