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Family Guy runs deep in my family.
Just ask Stewie.
We used to have a betta fish named Brian, but he’s gone many tears ago.
I could go on, but an opinion piece I read recently in a British food magazine is still fresh in my memory. The writer whined about how American bloggers filled their pages with too much blather when all everyone wants is to get to the recipe.
So on to the recipe we shall go.
Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole ticks all the boxes for a festive breakfast treat. It’s sweet, packed with fruit and gilded with a yummy streusel topping. The custard filling keeps the bake tender, yet the edges get a lovely crisp texture. Finally, a simple caramel drizzle takes it all over the top. The casserole can be mostly assembled the night before. Always a bonus.
I couldn’t find the frozen dinner rolls that Paula used. I substituted a 1-pound package of white dinner rolls (like these) and they worked fabulously.
Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole
1 1/2 (15 oz) pkgs frozen dinner rolls, thawed
2 cups half-and-half
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 (21 oz) can apple pie filling, apples cut into bite sized pieces
2 Tbs granulated sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup flour
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar, divided
1/4 cup butter, softened and divided
6 Tbs light corn syrup
Confectioners’ sugar: to garnish
1. Grease a 3 quart baking pan. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Cut rolls into small cubes.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, vanilla and salt.
4. In another large bowl, combine apple pie filling, granulated sugar and cinnamon. Stir in the cubed rolls. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish. Pour egg mixture over top. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
5. Preheat oven to 375℉. Remove casserole from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.
6. Bake, with baking dish on parchment lined baking sheet, for 30 minutes.
7. Meanwhile, combine the flour, 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup butter in a medium bowl. Stir together until crumbly.
8. Uncover casserole and sprinkle with the flour mixture. Bake, uncovered, until golden brown and set, about 20 minutes longer.
9. In a medium heavy saucepan, cook corn syrup, remaining 1/3 cup brown sugar and remaining 1/4 cup butter over medium heat. Stir occasionally until heated through and the sugar is dissolved.
10. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the casserole and garnish with a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar.
Recipe slightly adapted from Paula Deen
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