On Saturday night, our family picked up a loaf of Panera's Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread, which we had them slice in the 'small' slices. Our plans were to make French Toast after church. The idea came to me as I thought about what I could do to add some 'wow' to the french toast. Then the idea came to me.
So I sliced up some Empire apples, about 1 apple per person, maybe a little extra. I peeled and sliced them, put them in a dutch oven on medium heat, and covered. I stirred occasionally, but they only needed about 10 minutes of heat to start breaking down and getting warm. Meanwhile, I grated about a cup of sharp cheddar cheese.
My husband cooked up our french toast, and it all came together like this:
We topped it off with some butter and a drizzle of organic pure maple syrup. Delicious! This would be a great idea for hosting a brunch!
It reminds me of an old bread recipe that I have made a couple of Christmases, Cheddar Apple Vanocka. It's a traditional Czech Christmas bread filled with a cinnamon apple filling and cheddar cheese.
I love spending time in the kitchen with my family!