Sunday, November 8, 2009

I'll Have Bacon, Eggs & Toast, Upside Down Please!

Tired of the same'ol breakfast? Turn your breakfast up a notch, or at least turn it upside down!


Here's a great French Toast recipe, that's sure to get you Head-Over-Heels!


Upside-Down Apple & Bacon French Toast














Servings: 6 - 8

Prep Time: 20 – 25 minutes

Bake Time: 40 – 45 minutes

 

Utensils:

1 small skillet

1 large oven proof skillet (a cast iron skillet works best, if available) or 1 non-stick baking dish

1 shallow dish (large enough to fit bread slices, while soaking)

Whisk

Vegetable peeler

Knife

 

Ingredients

French toast:

·         5 eggs
·         ¾ cup heavy cream (½ cup for egg mixture, ¼ cup to whip into caramelized sugar)
·         ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (¼ teaspoon for egg mixture, ¼ teaspoon for topping)
·         6 slices thick sliced bread
·         ½ stick butter, cubed
·         1 cup light brown sugar, plus ¼ teaspoon for topping
·         3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into thin slices
·         6 slices apple wood smoked bacon

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cut bacon into small pieces. In a small skillet, cook, drain fat and set aside.
In a shallow dish, add eggs, ½ cup heavy cream and cinnamon. Whisk until well combined then lay the bread slices in egg mixture and allow it to be completely absorbed. Make sure both sides are completely coated.
In a large, seasoned, cast iron skillet over medium heat, add the butter and brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly, until sugar is caramelized. Remove from heat and gently whisk in the remaining ¼ cup heavy cream. Layer in the apple slices so there is a flat surface and sprinkle in bacon pieces. Next, arrange the soaked bread slices over the top so it is completely covered, you should be able to arrange the slices in a circular fan style, so there are no gaps. Or, if using a baking dish, lay flat side to side. Sprinkle the top with the remaining brown sugar and cinnamon and place into a 350 degree F, preheated oven. Let, bake on the center rack for about 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes then invert onto a large serving plate. Slice and serve.


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