Upside-down Baked Apple French Toast

Upside-down Baked Apple French Toast

5 reviews, 4.4 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 1 hour 10 minutes

If you?re looking for an impressive dish to serve to family or guests for a breakfast or brunch, give this one a try. I always break up the process by carmelizing the bananas and apples the night before ? letting the bread, egg mixture and fruit soak overnight. All I have to do the next morning is pop the dish in the oven. What could be more simple?


4 each tart apples; such as McIntosh or Granny Smith
2 tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
3 large bananas; ripe
1/2 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
3 tablespoons Unsalted butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar; (firmly packed)
1 tablespoon Maple syrup
2 large Eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
4 1" thick slices challah bread; (up to 5 slices)

Original recipe makes 4



Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

Peel, core, and cut each apple into 3/4 inch thick wedges. Place the apple wedges in a large mixing bowl, and toss gently with the lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Peel the bananas, and slice them crosswise 3/4 inch thing. Add the bananas to the apples and toss to coat evenly with lemon juice. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the fruits and toss well to combine.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the fruit and saute until tender, about 30 seconds. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and cook until the sugar is dissolved, 30 seconds longer, remove from heat.

Pour the contents into a lightly buttered, non-reactive, 9- inch round baking dish. In a medium size bowl, beat the eggs, then stir in the milk and vanilla. Dip the bread slices into the egg mixture just to moisten (both sides), then place them over the fruit in a single layer in the pan, making sure to cover the fruit entirely. Pour any leftover egg mixture over the bread. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes. (This can be prepared up to this point in advance, covered and refrigerated overnight)

Bake the French toast, uncovered until the top is golden, 30-35 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Place a serving tray over the pan, and carefully turn them over to unmold the French toast. Spoon any syrup or fruit left in the pan over the bread, and serve at once.

Serving Ideas :

This French toast may remind you of a perfectly caramelized tarte tatin, the luscious French upside-down apple tart. Prepare the toast in advance by layering all the ingredients in one pan. When you''re ready to cook, pop the pan into the oven. The French toast will come out moist, succulent, and adorned with a fragrant m?lange of apple and banana. Serve it just as is without any additional fruit, butter or syrup.


Yields: 4-6 Servings

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My kids devoured this - fantastic! Followed recipe to a tee, except for the addition of a quarter cup of saltana raisins into the pan, and my kids love cinnamon so we added more into the eggs with the French Toast. My wife said it was almost like having apple pie for breakfast. Very kid friendly - to eat and to cook - my 4 year old made this with me. Great fun!
luhmpei 3y ago

Super simple and delicious! Not a big fan of cooked bananas, so I left those out. I don't know if my apples were just really big, but I had enough fruit to fill 2 8" pans. Will make again, but will slice the apple thinner.
thetkdgirl 3y ago

Going to try this, sounds delish!
jeannemasur 3y ago

Yields: 4-6 Servings
TisBarbara 8y ago

Yields: 4-6 Servings ~~~~~~~~~~~~ The best part is flipping the pan over and letting the fruit mound on top of the French toast and drizzle down the sides. It looks really fancy and tastes incredible. [I posted this recipe.]
TisBarbara 8y ago

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