French Toast with Caramelized Apples and Strawberries

What You Need

6 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons packed brown sugar plus additional for the apples
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
8 thick triangular slices of bread
1 large apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 12 slices
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup whipped cream
4 sprigs fresh mint
8 strawberries, diced
4 tablespoons toasted pecans, chopped
1 cup pure maple syrup, warmed

Here's How

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon with a wire whisk. Soak the bread in the batter, giving it a little time to completely absorb all the liquid.

Lightly coat the apple slices in brown sugar. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a nonstick pan and sear the apples until the sugar caramelizes. Reserve and keep warm.

Using the remaining 3 tablespoons butter, cook the bread slices until evenly browned on both sides. (You can use the same non-stick pan if you wish.)

Transfer 2 slices of bread to each plate, and top with 3 slices of apple, a dollop of whipped cream, and a mint sprig. Sprinkle with strawberries and pecans and serve with the maple syrup. Makes 4 servings.

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