Here is a breakfast or brunch dish that can be whipped together the night before. As it is baking, sauté apple slices until tender and glazed to serve over top. Serve with maple syrup.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: Overnight
Cooking Time: 40 to 45 minutes
6 thick (3/4 inch) slices of egg or raisin bread
1-3/4 cups milk
1/4 cup Ontario maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp water
3 apples, peeled and thinly sliced
Pinch ground cardamom
1 tbsp butter
Arrange bread in single layer in buttered 9 x 13-inch baking dish, trimming bread if necessary to fit. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, maple syrup, vanilla and cardamom; pour evenly over bread. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
Bake, uncovered, in 375°F oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until bread is puffed in centre.
About 10 minutes before end of the baking, heat large skillet over medium-high heat; add brown sugar and water, stirring, until mixture comes to a simmer. Add apples and cardamom; cook, stirring constantly with spatula and turning apple slices over, until tender but still have shape, about 4 minutes. Stir in butter until melted; remove from heat. Let cool a few minutes.
Remove French toast from oven; let stand for 5 minutes. Cut into 6 servings; spoon topping over each. Sprinkle with icing sugar to taste.
Protein: 11 grams, Fat: 9 grams,
Carbohydrates: 50 grams, Fibre: 2 grams, Calories: 321