Inn on Hillwind's Baked Apple French Toast

Serves: 6 to 8
This recipe is a tasty combination of Wisconsin dairy products, maple syrup produced just over the hill from the Inn, and our home-grown apples.

  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into cubes
  • 1 8-oz package cream cheese, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 pint heavy cream
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Coat a 9 x 13-inch pan with cooking spray. Arrange half of the bread in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle the cream cheese over the bread. Top with apples. Sprinkle cinnamon on top. Pour melted butter over bread and apples. Top with remaining bread. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, cream, milk, and syrup. Pour over bread mixture. Press bread down so all pieces are soaked. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 45 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with extra maple syrup (warmed). You can also drizzle with caramel sauce and top with whipped cream.