Friday, May 8, 2009

Mother's Day Breakfast: Apple Cinnamon French Toast

Mother's Day is once again upon us. It's that very special time of year when we get to honor our moms by showering them with much deserved gifts and flowers. It's also one of the most popular days to dine out with your family. Just drive by any diner in the morning, and you'll see a wall of patrons pouring out the door, waiting to be seated.

If you are looking for an alternative to spending money in an overcrowded restaurant, why not make a special breakfast at home? This recipe for Apple Cinnamon French Toast is incredibly easy to make, looks as good as it tastes, and is also a great dish to get the kids involved with during the preparation. For this recipe, I've decided to use canned apple pie filling. While a home-made apple pie filling sounds more impressive, the canned apple pie filling works very well, tastes just as good and is all ready to go. Just a few seconds in the microwave, and you get a nice, warm and gooey sweet topping. Assembling the layers of French Toast and pie filling is an easy and fun step for the kids to handle! Be sure to top the French Toast with a light dusting of powdered sugar, maybe add a piece of fresh fruit and a dollop of whipped cream, and you're as good as gold.

Happy Mother's Day!


3 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 tblspn sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 tspn ground cinnamon
1/8 tspn salt
8 thick slices of bread
1 can apple pie filling

Whisk eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and salt until smooth. Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat. Grease griddle with margarine or butter. Test the griddle with a few drops of water - when the water jumps, the griddle is heated just right. Dip the bread into egg mixture (for extra cinnamon taste, sprinkle a dash more of cinnamon onto battered bread). Cook on griddle about 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Empty the pie filling into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 20-30 seconds, until filling is warm. Arrange two pieces of French Toast onto a plate, one slice slightly overlapping the other. Spoon an generous amount of the apple pie filling on top. Sprinkle a dusting of powdered sugar on top. Enjoy!

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